Vic Roads loses case setting a precedent in Melbourne Magistrates Court

Taking into account the manner in which the appeal was conducted by the parties, each party’s criticism of the other, the fact that there was considerable merit in the case presented by each party which left me to make the final decision on balance by a very small margin, and all other relevant considerations, it is my view that, notwithstanding an outcome in favour of Mr Kelly, I ought to make no order as to costs. Each party should bear their own costs of the appeal.

– John Lesser Magistrate

Victorian building law reforms – New domestic building dispute resolution regime

TweetA guide for design professionals, building surveyors and insurers The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2015 (Vic) (Act) received Royal Assent on 19 April 2016. The Act amends the Building Act 1993 (Building Act), the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (Vic) (DBCA) and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (Vic) (VCAT Act) with effect from 1 July 2017. Key amendments implemented by […]

Appeals from a VCAT decision just got harder

Since the decision, well-known plaintiff law firms have indicated that the case has precedent value for similarly-affected home owners. The decision may see a number of claims brought in the Tribunal relating to slab heave arising from the improper construction of foundations of houses in Melbourne’s west, an area of ongoing residential expansion known for its highly reactive clay soils.

Access to Medicinal Cannabis Act 2016 (VIC)

to provide for medicinal use of products derived from cannabis by establishing a scheme—
for supply to and treatment of Victorians with specified conditions with approved medicinal cannabis products of reliable quality and known composition; and
which preserves the prohibition of unlawful trafficking, cultivation, supply and use of the drug of dependence Cannabis L.; and
to provide for the lawful manufacture of medicinal cannabis products; and
to consequentially amend the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and make related amendments to certain other Acts.