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Civil proceedings

Civil legal proceedings against individuals, governments or companies may be appropriate in some circumstances. Consider lodging a complaint in the Magistrates’ Court where a relatively simple decision is required quickly.

Suing police has emerged as an important means of making the Victoria Police accountable and as a means for people who have been harmed by police misconduct to obtain significant redress for injuries, physical and psychological, that they have suffered. An increasing number of actions against the Victoria Police have been successful in recent times. A person who has been assaulted, wrongly detained or otherwise wronged by police may wish to take legal action. Make sure you seek legal advice about your prospects of success and especially about any costs implications before considering this course of action.

For information on this see Ian Freckelton and Tamar Hopkins ‘Legal Action Against the Police’ The Law Handbook online