Full Court Minute Books

Case M251/2015

Knight v. State of Victoria & Anor

Case No.


Case Information


Plaintiff was sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum term of 27 years - Victorian Parliament passed Corrections Amendment (Parole) Act 2014 which provided that plaintiff cannot seek parole unless he is in imminent danger of dying or is seriously physically incapacitated and no longer has the physical capacity to harm any person - plaintiff alleges s 74AA of the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic) is contrary to Ch 111 of the Constitution and is invalid.

Short particulars


22/12/2015 Writ of summons

22/12/2015 Notice of constitutional matter (Plaintiff)

31/03/2016 Submitting appearance (Second Defendant)

04/11/2016 Special case stated

14/11/2016 Order by consent referring special case stated to Full Court

16/12/2016 Written submissions (Plaintiff)

20/01/2017 Written submissions (First Defendant)

03/02/2017 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of New South Wales intervening)

03/02/2017 Written submissions (Attorney-General of the State of Queensland intervening)

03/02/2017 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Western Australia intervening)

03/02/2017 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of South Australia intervening)

17/02/2017 Written submissions (Attorney-General of the Commonwealth intervening)

03/03/2017 Reply

28/03/2017 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

17/08/2017 Judgment (Judgment summary)