Judgment will be delivered next week in Hunter and New England Local Health District v McKenna / Simon, on Wednesday 12 November 2014. The matters had been argued on 8 October 2014.

The High Court is expected to address whether health authorities owe a duty of care to third parties in exercise of statutory powers to detain and discharge mentally ill patients and whether it is appropriate for health authority’s scope of liability to extend to the patient’s unlawful action in killing the respondents’ relative.

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