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Representation in Court

An elderly "bushie" was charged with a serious offence after a fire lit on his property sparked a major
bush fire.

Situation

An elderly “bushie” was charged with a serious offence after a fire lit on his property sparked a major bush fire. The fire threatened neighbouring properties, burnt out large areas of bush and farm land and required a major commitment of resources from the rural fire brigade and other organisations.

The man’s version of events was at odds with police records.

Strategy

Marriott Oliver represented the man and recommended he enter a guilty plea on his version of events.

We set out to reach agreement on the facts. This painstaking process involved dismantling of the police case piece by piece. Once the facts were established, the matter proceeded to sentence in the Local Court where the Magistrate imposed a significant fine.

While the fine was substantial the man was more concerned with the damage to his reputation and decided to appeal.

Marriott Oliver ran the appeal, collecting multiple high-calibre character references.

Success

The District Court Judge overturned the fine and imposed no further penalty. In his judgment he gave a glowing assessment of the man’s character.

The man and his family were so pleased with the result they have kept a copy of the transcript of the judges decision to show future generations.