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The judgment in the matter of Kerry Cotterill v Finn Romanes and Brett Sutton has been handed down.

Updated: 17 August 2021

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The judgment in the matter of Kerry Cotterill v Finn Romanes (in his capacity as the Deputy Public Health Commander) and Brett Sutton (in his capacity as Chief Health Officer) (S ECI 2020 03946) was handed down on Tuesday, 17 August 2021.

The trial in this matter was heard before the Honourable Justice Richard Niall of the Supreme Court of Victoria from Thursday, 29 July to Monday, 3 August.

The plaintiff (Ms Cotterill) was issued with an infringement under the Stay at Home Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 14). This matter concerns an application by Ms Cotterill that the Stay at Home Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 14) were outside the powers granted under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) on the basis they infringe the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution.

The application was dismissed.

Read the judgment in Cotterill v Romanes

Published on 17 August 2021