The Australian Federal Court holds that in civil prosecutions, the regulator and respondent are not permitted to make joint submissions to the Court about the appropriate level of penalties that the Court may order (Director Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate / Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union)

CORRS in brief - Where to now for leniency/cooperation in Australia ?* On 1 May 2015, the Full Court of the Federal Court delivered its decision in Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union [1](CFMEU). The judgment overturned in excess of twenty years of authorities relating to the ability of parties, such as the ACCC, and those that are the subject of civil prosecutions from making joint submissions to the Court about the appropriate pecuniary penalty or range of penalties. The Court, following the recent High Court decision in Pasquale Barbaro v The Queen, Saverio Zirilli v The Queen [2] (Barbaro), which dealt with the position of recommendations of penalties in criminal matters, came to the view that: courts should have

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Ayman Guirguis, Richard Flitcroft, The Australian Federal Court holds that in civil prosecutions, the regulator and respondent are not permitted to make joint submissions to the Court about the appropriate level of penalties that the Court may order (Director Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate / Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union), 1er mai 2015, e-Competitions May 2015, Art. N° 74052

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