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Improved access to justice for Queenslanders

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Queenslanders stand to benefit from the State Government’s proposed introduction of a local class action regime, according to leading law firm Slater and Gordon.

Commercial and Project Litigation Practice Group Leader Ben Whitwell said the legislation will provide greater access to justice for everyday Queenslanders.

“This is a sensible approach to establish a codified class action process, bringing Queensland in line with other states,” Mr Whitwell said.

“The experience in NSW and Victoria is that a state-based regime is an efficient means of delivering just, quick and cost effective resolution of proceedings for victims of large scale corporate failure.

“Current state-based laws do not prohibit people in Queensland from commencing a class action, however this legislation will provide a meaningful framework for causes of action arising from Queensland law.

“The introduction of a class action regime does not result in any further obligations being imposed on Queensland companies. Rather it provides an avenue by which people who have suffered loss and damage arising from the same act or law with the ability to bring proceedings in Queensland, instead of lodging action in interstate courts.

“It is vital for all Australians to have access to justice and I commend the State Government for advocacy on behalf of all Queenslanders.”

Mr Whitwell looks forward to reviewing the legislation when it is presented to parliament.