Black Saturday case delayed again

Black Saturday case delayed again

The start date for a class action over one of the Black Saturday Bushfires has been put back until March next year, as a courtroom that is being constructed to host the hearing will not be finished by the rescheduled date.

The bush fires in Victoria in February 2009 killed 173 people, injured 5,000 others destroyed over 2,000 homes and burnt over 4,500 square kilometres of land.

The action is the biggest the state has ever seen, as 1,500 residents are attempting to sue power company SPI electricity for damages and negligence.

But due to the size of the case, a new courtroom has been constructed, but this won’t be complete before the hearing date set for January.

The case was originally scheduled for July this year, but was delayed as there was no court room big enough for the hearing.

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