Appeal

Appellate review of an award of non-economic loss

White v Redding [2019] NSWCA 152 Non-economic loss Relevant statutes and legal principles At common law, general damages for pain and suffering resulting from personal injury were “almost entirely [a] matter of impression and of common sense, and [were] only subject to review in very special cases” (Miller v Jennings [1954] HCA 65; (1954) 92…

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Leave to appeal

[28] In PPK Willoughby Pty Ltd v Baird [2019] NSWCA 48, this Court made reference to the proper approach of an intermediate appellate court to applications for leave to appeal from interlocutory decisions involving the exercise of discretion on questions of practice and procedure. The Court observed (at [5]) that discretionary decisions “engage the strictures against over-ready appellate…

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Appealing against the exercise of a judicial discretion

Elzahed v State of New South Wales [2018] NSWCA 103 When a court is invited to make a discretionary decision, to which many factors may be relevant, it is incumbent on the party who contends on appeal that attention was not given to particular matters to demonstrate that the primary judge’s attention was drawn to…

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The place of "error" in the appellate process

STRINGER & OR v WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE MANAGEMENT CO (SA) PTY LTD [2017] SASCFC 138 A trial Judge has primary responsibility for factual adjudication.  The Judge’s findings should not be disturbed unless good and sufficient reason to do so is positively established by the plaintiff.  In Fox v Percy,[10] the plurality, after referring to Warren…

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What is an "order"

Nash v Silver City Drilling (NSW) Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 100 In written submissions, the respondent relied squarely upon the judgment of this Court in Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) v Roslyndale Shipping Pty Ltd. [1] The respondent referred in particular to the statement by Spigelman CJ that “[i]n its natural and ordinary meaning, the…

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Review of single appellate judge orders by full court

Supreme Court Act, 1970 46   Powers of Judge of Appeal (1)  A Judge of Appeal may exercise the powers of the Court of Appeal:        (a)  to give any judgment by consent or make any order by consent,        (b)  to dismiss an appeal or other proceedings for want of prosecution or for other…

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