Queensland class action regime an important step in providing access to justice

9 November 2016
Australia’s leading class actions law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, has today welcomed this week’s introduction of a class action regime in Queensland.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Vavaa Mawuli said the introduction of a regime would help to bring Queensland in line with other states including New South Wales and Victoria and would provide greater access to justice for Queenslanders.

The introduction of a class actions regime was included as part of the Limitation of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) And Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which was passed by the Queensland Parliament last night.

“This is an important step, and one that we welcome,” Ms Mawuli said.

“Through the passage of this legislation last night, Queenslanders are a critical step closer to greater access to justice locally.”

“In the past, Queensland-based class actions have had to be filed interstate. With the introduction now of a dedicated regime, future state-based actions will be able to be filed in Queensland.

“The class actions regime plays a fundamental role in helping to deliver collective legal remedies to people that may not otherwise be able to pursue their legal rights, including those wronged by large corporations or entities.

“We thank the Parliament for recognising the significance of a class actions regime and acting to ensure this can now become a reality for Queenslanders,” she said.