On 4 March 2024, Chief Justice Helen Bowskill of the Supreme Court of Queensland’s new Practice Direction (Number 2 of 2024) will come into effect, which will dramatically improve how large and complex building, engineering and construction litigation matters are dealt with, called the Building, Engineering and Construction List (BEC List).
What is the new BEC List?
The BEC List will ensure your construction matter is listed with the Court and resolved in a just and speedy manner by identifying the issues in dispute early on. Expenses will be kept to a minimum as unnecessary delays in the form of interlocutory disputes will be avoided. And if your matter progresses to trial the BEC List will also ensure it is handled promptly.
Will my matter make it onto the BEC List?
While it is at the discretion of the BEC List Judge, it is likely your matter will be added to the BEC List if it involves:
- a substantial issue in relation to the design, carrying out, supervision or inspection of any building or engineering work;
- the performance by any engineering or building expert; or
- any certification, advice or information given or withheld in relation to building, engineering or construction.
It may also be that the very nature and complexity of the issue at hand requires judicial supervision under the BEC List.
What is the procedure involved?
Rose Litigation Lawyers can step you through the process of having your matter appear on the BEC List to expedite resolution, by communicating with the BEC List Manager, Resolution Registrar and BEC List Judge.
If you have a large and complex building, engineering, or construction dispute you need help resolving, contact Rose Litigation Lawyers today to understand your rights and the positive impact the BEC List may have on your matter.
The content of this publication is intended to provide a summary and commentary only. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice, and has been prepared based on applicable legislation and case authority at the date of publication. You should seek legal advice on specific circumstances before taking any action.
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