Police have wide ranging powers, when they abuse these powers, let us help you hold them to account.
McKenzie McLoughlin Law has the resources available to protect your civil rights. This protection will span from the time of being charged and then defending criminal charges, through to finality when claims are made against the Police for damages. In the alternate to making a civil claim, we can assist you in making a formal complaint against the officer/s involved in any misconduct.
Our two lawyers, Josh McKenzie and James McLoughlin, recognise that the Police often get it wrong. As such, if it can be established that the police have breached your rights, then you may be eligible to make a claim against them for compensation. This is something that you should discuss with Josh and James when you make contact with them for representation in your criminal matter.
What are some of claims that can be made against the Police?
- Malicious prosecution
- False imprisonment
- Wrongful or unlawful arrest
- Battery including Police brutality and/or excessive force
- Misfeasance or malfeasance (i.e. wrongdoing) in a Public Office
How do I sue the Police?
In New South Wales, claims are made against the State, and are run in the civil (not criminal) jurisdiction of the Court. Its important to know that it can be expensive to sue the State, and that whichever party loses, is likely to pay the other parties costs. Alternatively, some cases can settle outside of court and may include a confidentiality agreement between the parties.
How does the Court make a decision?
The more serious the claim of the Police’s misconduct, the more comfortably satisfied the Court must be. This means that for a serious case of misconduct or misfeasance by the Police will require evidence to substantiate the claims.
Why choose McKenzie McLaughlin?
Suing the police is one of the most complicated civil claims one can make. We make sure that your civil claim against the Police has the best chance of succeeding. We know barristers who specialise in this area of law, so contact us for advice and representation. At McKenzie McLoughlin, we’re well aware that there are two sides to a story, so let us tell yours.