Workers in the witness box – Mock trial presented by Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Bill Kritharas – Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Carlie Holt – Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Rossana Parmegiani – Special Counsel, Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Susan Withycombe-Taperell – Senior Associate, Sparke Helmore Lawyers
All parties involved in the events relating to a safety incident may have actual or potential liability—employees cannot assume they are immune from prosecution and that the organisation will take the fall.
Back by popular demand, Sparke Helmore’s interactive court simulation will take a fresh looking at the prosecution of individuals, including officers and employees. Our fictional incident is based on a fall from a height, involving a foreseeable element to the breach of safety.
This mock trial will provide insight into the prosecution process and what happens when an inspector, supervisor and senior manager are called as witnesses—and when the latter two are being prosecuted for breaching their work health and safety (WHS) duties.
The session will encourage you to reconsider how a judge might perceive your day-to-day actions relating to a WHS breach. It will provide you with an understanding of:
- how the day-to-day actions or omissions of workers and officers can amount to a breach of Work Health and Safety legislation
- the types of questions witnesses may be asked in the courtroom, and
the considerations a judge will make in reaching a decision.