Michaelides v The Queen

In Michaelides v The Queen, Chief Justice French and Justice Crennan refused to grant special leave to appeal against a unanimous decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal upholding the applicant’s convictions on two counts of extortion. The applicant contended that the jury verdict was unreasonable or could not be supported on the evidence before the QCA, and that the QCA applied the incorrect formulation in testing that claim. Their Honours agreed with the applicant’s argument that the formulation in MFA v The Queen was authoritative and did not precisely match that applied by the QCA, they refused special leave on the basis that there was no error in the QCA’s conclusion that the appeal provision the applicant sought to rely on was not enlivened, due to the facts of the case.

High Court Judgment [2013] HCA 9 15 February 2013
Result Special leave refused
High Court Documents None
Special Leave Hearing [2013] HCATrans 22 15 February 2013
Appeal from CA [2012] QCA 166 19 June 2013
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About Martin Clark

Martin Clark is a PhD Candidate and Judge Dame Rosalyn Higgins Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School. He holds honours degrees in law, history and philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and an MPhil in Law from MLS. While at MLS, he worked as a researcher for several senior faculty members, was a 2012 Editor of the Melbourne Journal of International Law, tutor at MLS and various colleges, a Jessie Legatt Scholar, and attended the Center for Transnational Legal Studies Program.