Full Court Minute Books

Case B51/2017

Govier v. The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Q)

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

10/02/2017 Supreme Court of Queensland (Court of Appeal) (Fraser JA, Gotterson JA, North J)

[2017] QCA 12


Negligence – Duty of care – Psychiatric injury – Where appellant employed by respondent – Where appellant attacked by co-worker – Where respondent informed appellant on day of attack that her conduct was under investigation – Where appellant too ill to attend investigative interviews – Where respondent asserted appellant refused to attend interviews and made preliminary findings against her – Where appellant’s employment subsequently terminated – Where appellant claimed damages for psychiatric injuries – Where trial judge held respondent owed no duty of care to appellant with respect to conduct of investigative process – Where Court of Appeal dismissed appeal – Whether Court of Appeal erred in concluding respondent did not owe appellant duty of care in respect of investigative process.

Short particulars


15/09/2017 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)

26/09/2017 Notice of appeal

20/10/2017 Written submissions (Appellant)

24/10/2017 Chronology (Appellant)

15/11/2017 Written submissions (Respondent)

29/11/2017 Repy

13/04/2018 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)
Special leave revoked at hearing

13/04/2018 Outline of oral argument (Appellant)

13/04/2018 Outline of oral argument (Respondant)

14/06/2018 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)