An appeal has been filed on behalf of Judge Salvatore Vasta following a ground-breaking decision which held him personally liable for false imprisonment of a man who appeared before him in a family law matter.
The suit arose from a decision of Vasta made on 6 December 2018, when he sentenced a self-represented man to a period of imprisonment of twelve (12) months.
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“Can I sue the judge?” is the question some lawyers might be asked by a fuming client, and which can be categorised as legal locker room talk. Such an idea is almost always keenly hosed down by the lawyer in response, as the client’s only recourse is to appeal, no matter how wrong the judge is or might have been.
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Mr Stradford (“the husband”) and Ms Stradford (“the wife”) were engaged in property settlement proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Within those proceedings, on 6 December 2018 Judge Vasta made the following declaration and order:
1. That the Applicant [MR STRADFORD] be sentenced to a period of imprisonment in the [X Correctional Centre] for a period of twelve (12) months, to be served immediately with the Applicant to be released from prison on … 2019, with the balance of the sentence to be suspended for a period of two (2) years from today’s date.
A Bangalow solicitor’s sexual harassment of a single mum who worked for him has proven to be costly, and may well end his legal career.
This blog had previously reported on the Owen Hughes sexual harassment case brought by a former employee of his law practice.
Junior/trainee solicitor Catherine Mia Hill began working with Owen Hughes’ Bangalow based law firm Beesley and Hughes Lawyers in May 2015. The evidence showed that that he thought Hill was attractive, wanted to be in a relationship with her and that he communicated that to her. Hughes offered to represent her in a mediation for her own family law matter, and she agreed. Continue reading “Bangalow lawyer Owen Hughes successfully sued for sexual harassment”