High Court of Australia

Beckett v New South Wales [2013] HCA 17

248 CLR 432; 87 ALJR 602; 297 ALR 206

8 May 2013

Case Number: S144/2012


French CJ, Hayne, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell, Gageler JJ


Torts – Malicious prosecution – Elements – Whether proof of innocence required where proceedings terminated by entry of nolle prosequi – Whether entry of nolle prosequi terminates proceedings in favour of accused – Whether Davis v Gell (1924) 35 CLR 275 should be followed – Whether direction that no further proceedings be taken against person under s 7(2)(b) of Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 (NSW) equivalent to termination by entry of nolle prosequi.

Words and phrases – "favourable termination of the prosecution", "malicious prosecution", "nolle prosequi".

Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 (NSW) – s 7(2).

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