Jausnik v Nominal Defendant (No 5) [2016] ACTSC 306

TORTS – Negligence – Police involved in pursuit of fleeing vehicle across NSW/ACT border – Failure to comply with police protocols for safe driving and cross-border pursuits – Passenger in police vehicle suffering mental harm arising from attending scene of accident arising from police pursuit – Liability of State of New South Wales for failure to provide training in use of radios and cross-border pursuit protocols – Liability of police driver for injury to passenger 

CHOICE OF LAW – Statutory contribution between tortfeasors – Accident in the Territory following police pursuit from New South Wales – Claim for contribution by ACT Nominal Defendant against New South Wales police office and State of New South Wales – Characterisation of apportionment legislation – Applicable choice of law rule. 

TORTS – Causation – Police pursuit of driver cross border – Pursued driver involved in fatal accident – Whether pursued driver would have avoided accident if pursuit terminated earlier – Expert evidence based on aggregate statistics – Whether likely conduct of pursued driver proved on balance of probabilities – Causation not established

TORTS – Statutory contribution – Nominal defendant liable for conduct of pursued driver who caused an accident – State of New South Wales and police officer also negligent – Contingent assessment of appropriate contribution