Precedent and Duty of Care

Donoghue V Stevenson established the idea that manufacturers owed a duty of care to anyone who used their products.

This idea also begins our study of precedent. The idea of Stare Decisis – follow what has gone before – where judges in courts below a superior court in the same hierarchy are bound to follow decisions made where the material facts of the case are similar.

This precedent in Donogue V Stevenson was made good law in Australia with the Grant V Australia Knitting Mills case.



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