Mar 12, 2021

QUD27/2019 Torres Strait Regional Seas Claim (Part B)

QUD26/2019 Kaurareg People #1

QUD10/2019 Kaurareg People #2

QUD24/2019 Kaurareg People #3

QUD114/2017 Northern Peninsula Sea Claim

QUD115/2017 North Eastern Peninsula Sea Claim

I confirm that the above matters are listed before Justice Mortimer for a Case Management Hearing at 10.15am on Thursday, 25 March 2021

The venue for the CMH is Courtroom 3, Level 4, Supreme Court, 5D Sheridan Street, Cairns. 

The Court has been advised that the legal representatives for the Applicant in the TSRSC matter are not able to appear at the time of the hearing due to commitments in another matter. In the circumstances, her Honour’s chambers has advised that:

– the legal representatives for the Applicant in the TSRSC matter are excused from appearing at the hearing on the basis that a nominated member of the TSRSC Applicant should attend the hearing and be available to speak to the status of the matter;

– so as to avoid any impression the Court is only hearing from one claim group representative directly, a nominated member of each of the other Applicants will be permitted to speak to the status of each of the other matters (as applicable), notwithstanding that legal representatives will be appearing in these matters. HH does not require this to occur but is happy to hear from other nominated members if they would like to address the Court;

-the name of the nominated member of each Applicant attending the hearing (if applicable) should be advised to the Court at the same time that appearance details are provided;

– while legal representatives are required to attend the hearing in person, the nominated member of each Applicant (if applicable) may attend the hearing via MS Teams should they wish to do so;

– notwithstanding the arrangements outlined above, the approach adopted in previous hearings whereby one legal representative gives a global update on the matters on behalf of all Applicants continues to be welcomed by the Court.

Lastly, her Honour’s chambers requests that the Torres Strait Regional Authority and the Cape York Land Council publicise the listing details for the hearing, including the MS Teams dial-in number below, to the relevant claim groups.

Please provide appearance information by return email no later than noon on 18 March 2021.

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