Full Court Minute Books

Case P59/2011

Newcrest Mining Limited v. Thornton

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

12/04/2011 Supreme Court of Western Australia (Court of Appeal)(Pullin JA, Murphy JA, Murray J)

[2011] WASCA 92


Statutes — Construction — Contribution — Respondent injured in workplace accident — Settlement reached with employer and consent judgment entered — Respondent subsequently issued summons against applicant, owner of mine site at which respondent injured — Applicant sought and received summary judgment on ground that respondent already compensated for injury by employer and s 7(1)(b) of Law Reform (Contributory Negligence and Tortfeasors' Contribution) Act 1947 (WA) ("Act") precluded recovery of additional damages — Whether s 7(1)(b) of Act applies only to damages awarded following judicial assessment or also to judgments entered by consent — Whether Western Australia Court of Appeal ought to have followed decision of equivalent intermediate appellate court in respect of equivalent legislation — Nau v Kemp & Associates [2010] Aust Torts Reports 82-064.

Short Particulars


09/12/2011 Hearing (SLA, Canberra by V/link to Perth)

23/12/2011 Notice of appeal

06/01/2012 Written submissions (Appellant)

06/01/2012 Chronology (Appellant)

27/01/2012 Written submissions (Respondent)

03/02/2012 Reply

01/06/2012 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

13/12/2012 Judgment  (Judgment summary)