In 1992, a case of mistaken identity resulted in an innocent woman being wrongly arrested, falsely imprisoned, assaulted and strip-searched by police. The police had thought she was someone else entirely. She came to Robinson Gill seeking accountability, and found it in civil litigation.

Her case highlighted the multitude of issues people face when trying to bring police to account for instances of misconduct, and since then we have sought to address these injustices through civil litigation.

Our approach to police misconduct

Over the past 25 years, we have developed a practice that focuses on:

How can we help you?

Our team focuses on representing clients in personal injury actions, primarily against Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria, which are both indemnified by the State of Victoria.

We understand that seeking legal advice can be a difficult decision, and that the legal system itself can be challenging to navigate. Our team is dedicated to ensuring you feel supported at all stages of the legal process to obtain the best possible outcome. We build your case around you, working with advocates, experts and services to meet your ongoing needs.

Our casework runs parallel with our continued advocacy for a better police accountability system. Our team works with community legal centres, human rights organisations and barristers, amongst others, to promote the need for a better system. We engage various branches of government on police accountability.

Our lawyers are also available to present on and train other legal practitioners in police torts.

We do not provide representation for police complaints unless the complaint is connected to a civil litigation case in which we act. If you wish to pursue a police complaint, but not civil litigation, please see our Resources section for information on how to navigate the complaints process.

If you have been a victim of police misconduct, we encourage you to use our online tool to learn more about your options. It’s free to use and there are no obligations. All submissions are strictly private and confidential. Upon completion, one of our lawyers will be in contact to discuss your incident and options.