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Appeals are against orders not reasons November 11, 2015

TriCare (Hastings) Limited v Allen [2015] NSWCA 344

10 It is well established that a “judgment or order” in the context of s 101(1)(a) of the Supreme Court Act refers to an operative judicial act, i.e., the formal judgment or order which when entered is binding on the parties and definitive of legal rights: Driclad Pty Limited v Federal Commissioner of Taxation [1968] HCA 91; (1968) 121 CLR 45 at 64; and see the other authorities referred to by Campbell JA, with whom Handley AJA agreed, in Wang & Liu v State of New South Wales [2011] NSWCA 321 at [23] noting his Honour’s observation that while error in a judgment or order might be demonstrated on an appeal by showing error in a judge’s reasons for judgment, the appeal is against the judgment or order, not the reasons for judgment.

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