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Miller, James Edward v Martin, Ian Donald; Martin, Teresa; Brabham, Ross Harold; Brabham, Margaret; Stodgell, David; Estate of Stodgell, Judy Lorraine; Lambert, Robyn Gaye & Lambert, Craig William [2021] VSCA 108

REAL PROPERTY, PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE, COSTS
Victorian Court of Appeal
Judge(s): 
Tate, Niall and Kennedy JJA
Parties: 

Miller, James Edward v Martin, Ian Donald; Martin, Teresa; Brabham, Ross Harold; Brabham, Margaret; Stodgell, David; Estate of Stodgell, Judy Lorraine; Lambert, Robyn Gaye & Lambert, Craig William

Judgment Date: 
30 April 2021
Catchwords: 

REAL PROPERTY - Co-ownership of land - Sale and distribution of proceeds reflected registered interests on title - No credible evidence of source of funds - No adjustment of interests - Just and fair division - Breskvar v Wall (1971) 126 CLR 376, Perpetual Trustees Victoria Ltd v Gheorghui [2007] VSC 412, applied - Property Law Act 1958 ss 228 and 233.

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - Principle of finality - Res judicata - Issue estoppel - Jackson v Goldsmith (1950) 81 CLR 446, Blair v Curran (1939) 62 CLR 464, applied.

COSTS - No difference in relative strengths of parties' claims - Equal responsibility for time wasted - Each party to bear their own costs.

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