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Norrie case gets big law backing

in WORLD, 22/03/2014

DLA Piper is acting for a transsexual named Norrie whose fight to be recognised as being of non-specific sex has made it all the way to the High Court.

Last week (4 March) DLA and David Bennett QC defended Norrie’s right in to be identified as neither male nor female on the NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages register.

Scott McDonald (pictured right), the DLA partner on the case, told Lawyers Weekly that while proceedings have focused on the interpretation of the Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (NSW), a judgment in the High Court could have a “flow-on effect” to other states with similarly-worded legislation.

“Saying [the decision] will be binding in any other state is drawing a bit of a long bow, but it will certainly be instructive to other states … as to what the court with the ultimate authority on these matters would make of a similar appeal [in their state],” he said.

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