Civil Litigation Against Police in Australia: Exploring its Extent, Nature and Implications for Accountability

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Title Civil Litigation Against Police in Australia: Exploring its Extent, Nature and Implications for Accountability
Author Ransley, Janet Ann; Anderson, Jessica Mary; Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Editor Paul Mazerolle
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Abstract Much recent policing reform has been concerned with strengthening organisational and individual accountability through complaints, discipline systems and external oversight. Civil litigation against police has largely been ignored as an accountability measure. This research aimed to broaden the understanding of police litigation in Australia, and determine the implications for its use as an accountability mechanism. While the findings are not definitive, they generally conform with previous research outcomes that most cases initiated by civilians involve allegations of police abuse of power or process corruption. A new finding is that police sue their own organisations at about the same rate as they are sued by members of the public, although primarily for unfair dismissal. The results show a need for more detailed research, but highlight that civil litigation can form part of a regulatory web for identifying, controlling and preventing police misconduct.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://anj.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/acri.40.2.143
Volume 40
Issue Number 2
Page from 143
Page to 160
ISSN 0004-8658
Date Accessioned 2008-02-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Law Enforcement; PRE2009-Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18565
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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