Class action on behalf of people detained on Christmas Island
FAQs - your questions answered
You are automatically a member of this class action if you sought asylum and you were detained on Christmas Island at any time in the period commencing 27 August 2011 until 26 August 2014 and:
- were injured or pregnant while in detention, and
- suffered an injury or the exacerbation of an injury due to the Commonwealth’s failure to provide you with adequate medical care.
If you fit this description, you do not need to contact Maurice Blackburn or speak to a lawyer or do anything else to be included in the case.
The benefit of running this case as a class action is that people fitting the criteria will benefit from the case even if they have never spoken to Maurice Blackburn.
If you meet the criteria of the class but do not want to be a part of the class action, you will be given the option not to be included in this action by saying you want to opt out.
The trial of this case may take some time. However, if it is resolved in favour of the class, at that stage people who meet these criteria will be invited to contact Maurice Blackburn to register their details. There is no need to contact Maurice Blackburn before this time. We encourage you to regularly check our website for updates regarding this case.
Maurice Blackburn is running this case pro bono. This means that it is free for people to be members of the class, and they will be not be responsible for any costs associated with the legal action.