Lawyers for Essendon seek urgent court hearing over ASADA investigation

17 June 2014
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, acting on behalf of the Essendon Football Club, will ask the Federal Court for an expedited hearing of its case concerning the legality of the ASADA investigation.

Lawyer Josh Bornstein, a principal at Maurice Blackburn, said the firm had written to ASADA’s lawyers seeking their cooperation for an expedited hearing.

Pending the urgent hearing of the case, he said Essendon is also seeking a commitment that ASADA takes no further steps in the investigation.

“It is in the interests of all parties that the legality of the ASADA investigation is determined by the court at the earliest opportunity,” Mr Bornstein said.

“The position of my client is very clear. It seeks to have its case heard and determined by the Federal Court as soon as possible.”

He said that it would assist ASADA, the club and the players to obtain a court ruling on the case at the earliest practical opportunity.

“We hope at the directions hearing on the 27th June to have reached a joint position with ASADA on a quick timetable for the case to be heard, possibly within the next two or three months.”

Essendon’s Federal Court action is a challenge to the legality of ASADA’s joint investigation with the AFL into the club.

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