Full Court Minute Books

Case S144/2012

Beckett v. The State of New South Wales

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

2/05/2012 Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court of Appeal) (Beazley JA, McColl JA, Tobias AJA)

[2012] NSWCA 114


Torts – Malicious Prosecution – Elements of action – Applicant convicted of multiple charges – Applicant subsequently acquitted of one charge and remaining convictions quashed and new trail ordered – Prosecution decided not to proceed with outstanding charges – Applicant brought action for malicious prosecution – Whether plaintiff must prove innocence – Whether nolle prosequi filed with court or whether alternative characterisation appropriate – Whether Davis v Gell (1924) 35 CLR 275 should be overruled.

Short Particulars


30/05/2012 Application for special leave to appeal

05/10/2012 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)

26/10/2012 Written submissions (Applicant)

26/10/2012 Chronology (Applicant)

19/11/2012 Amended written submissions (Respondent)

30/11/2012 Reply

05/02/2013 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

08/05/2013 Judgment  (Judgment summary)