Were you searched by police at Splendour in the Grass?
Redfern Legal Centre and Slater and Gordon Lawyers have announced a class action investigation into unlawful police searches at Splendour in the Grass music festival.
Splendour in the Grass patrons who were unlawfully searched by NSW Police could be entitled to substantial compensation, with people affected by serious breaches potentially entitled to tens of thousands of dollars each.
If you were searched by police at Splendour from 2016 onwards, we want to hear from you. To learn more about how this case could affect you, register now via Slater and Gordon’s website.
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.
It is part of an investigation launched in 2020 by Redfern Legal Centre and Slater and Gordon into NSW Police strip searches over the last six years. This current phase is focusing on Splendour in the Grass.
Were you unlawfully searched at Splendour?
Hundreds of people are believed to have been unlawfully searched at Splendour in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. You may have been subjected to an unlawful strip search even if you were not asked to remove your clothes.
We want to hear from you if:
- You were asked to take off some or all of your clothing
- You were asked to lift your top
- You were asked to show or move your bra or underpants
- Police peered into your trousers or clothing to see your bra, underpants, or parts of your body
- Police looked underneath your bra or underpants
- You were searched after a police drug dog noticed you
Registering for the class actions investigation is confidential and free. You will receive updates about the investigation, as well as find out more about your rights in any potential class action proceedings.
Help stop unlawful searches
If you were searched in an invasive manner by NSW Police at Splendour in the Grass since 2016, register now to learn more about the class actions investigation.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can request to speak to an Indigenous person if preferred.
NSW Strip Search Class Actions Investigation (Slater and Gordon Lawyers)
Law firms look to launch landmark strip-search class action against NSW police (The Guardian, 27 May 2020)