Suing NSW Corrective Services for unlawful strip-search on visitor

Compensation for unlawful strip-search by NSW Corrective Services

Linda* attended Mid-North Coast Correctional Centre at Kempsey to visit her partner. NSW Corrective Services runs this prison facility.

At the Centre, Linda experienced a strip-search by Correctional Officers. The officers later denied that the strip-search occurred.

However, Correctional Officers do not have the power to strip-search visitors. Only Police Officers can strip-search visitors in appropriate circumstances.

O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors represented Linda in a suit against NSW Corrective Services.

Woman sues Corrective Services for false imprisonment

Linda filed a claim for false imprisonment in the civil jurisdiction of the NSW District Court.

The matter proceeded to a defended hearing at the NSW District Court .

The Judge found that the strip-search did occur, and awarded Linda damages for the false imprisonment, assault and battery.

In conclusion, the court awarded Linda $7,000 in general damages, $3,000 in aggravated damages and $7,000 in exemplary damages. Linda’s legal costs were paid for by the State of NSW.

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are able to pursue your possible claim anywhere in Australia. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 02 9261 4281 or by email at

*Name changed for confidentiality


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Sydney NSW 2000

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