Civil Litigation Reforms

On 22 September 2018, the Hon Natasha Fyles MLA, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, approved the release of an Options Paper in relation to six civil litigation reforms recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). The purpose of the Options Paper was to seek feedback from interested groups on the implementation in the Northern Territory of those particular civil litigation reforms.

The Options Paper had a closing date for submissions of 2 November 2018. Targeted stakeholders were contacted directly to ensure they were aware of the release of the Options Paper. View a copy of the Options Paper PDF (585.1 KB).

The issues for consultation fell into two related subject areas – the first being the implementation of certain duties and liabilities on institutions and the second being the identification or nomination by institutions of a proper defendant to meet a claim for damages arising from an action for child sexual abuse.

From the submissions and consideration of the reforms made in other states and territories, it was recommended by the department that the Northern Territory accept and implement the civil litigation reforms made by the Royal Commission.

The open submissions received and the report prepared by the department, based upon the views contained in the following submissions:

Last updated: 24 February 2020

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