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Case S140/2018

Parkes Shire Council v. South West Helicopters Pty Limited

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

7/12/2017 Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court of Appeal) (Basten JA, Leeming JA, Payne JA)

[2017] NSWCA 312


Tort – Negligence – Psychiatric injury – Where Council engaged South West Helicopters to provide helicopter and pilot for aerial survey – Where Council employees died in helicopter crash – Where relatives brought proceedings in negligence for nervous shock against Council and South West Helicopters under Compensation to Relatives Act 1897 (NSW) – Where primary judge upheld claim – Where majority of Court of Appeal allowed appeal on basis any liability South West Helicopters might have had under Compensation to Relatives Act or general law excluded by Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959 (Cth) – Whether majority of Court of Appeal erred in construction of s 35 of Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act – Whether majority of Court of Appeal erred in failing to conclude claims against carriers brought by non-passengers following death of passenger not regulated by s 35


18/05/2018 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)

01/06/2018 Notice of appeal

05/07/2018 Written submissions (Appellant)

05/07/2018 Chronology (Appellant)

03/08/2018 Written submissions (Respondent)

31/08/2018 Reply

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