Landmark NSW Strip Search Class Action filed
On 21 July 2022, Redfern Legal Centre and Slater and Gordon Lawyers issued a class action proceeding for people who have been unlawfully searched by NSW Police at all music festivals in NSW since 22 July 2016.
This class action is for festival patrons who were unlawfully searched by NSW Police at a festival anywhere in New South Wales in the last six years.
Group members are seeking damages that could be in the order of tens of thousands of dollars for those subjected to particularly invasive or distressing searches.
If you were searched by police at a festival, we want to hear from you.
Am I covered by the class action?
The class action includes people who:
Attended a NSW music festival held since 22 July 2016
While at the festival, were strip-searched by NSW Police on the basis the police suspected you were in possession of drugs.
You may have been subjected to an unlawful strip search even if you were not asked to remove your clothes. A strip search may also include if:
- You were asked to take off some of your clothing other than outer-layer clothing like a jacket
- You were asked to show or move your bra or underpants
- Police looked underneath your bra or underpants
- Police peered into your clothing to see your bra, underpants or parts of your body
- Police put their hands under or touched underneath your clothing
This unprecedented legal action builds on Redfern Legal Centre’s Safe and Sound campaign to reform strip search law in NSW, and will seek compensation for people who have been unlawfully searched by NSW Police.
Share your story
Have you been strip-searched by NSW Police at a music festival? We want to hear your story. We encourage all people who have been strip searched by NSW Police at a festival anywhere in NSW in the last six years to register your interest in the class action.
By registering, you have the opportunity to tell us your story, and receive updates about the class action directly. Registration is free and confidential.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can request to speak with a First Nations person if preferred.