Recent Cases

Bevan v Coolahan [2019] NSWCA 217 (05 September 2019) (Basten JA at [1]; Leeming JA at [36]; McCallum JA at [130])


NEGLIGENCE – motor vehicle accident – occupants of vehicle participants in joint criminal enterprise to obtain illicit drugs – whether driver owed duty of care to passenger – whether Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), s 54 displaced principles in Miller v Miller (2011) 242 CLR 446; [2011] HCA 9 – whether statutory purpose of criminal laws incongruous with driver owing passenger a duty of care – whether passenger complicit in driver’s offences – whether primary judge’s assessment of contributory negligence erroneous