THE Victorian Government is trying to stop evidence given by public servants at the Black Saturday Royal Commission being used in court.Victims of the Kilmore East fire, which killed 119 people and destroyed 1000 homes on February 9, 2009, are suing electricity company SP AusNet.
At a directions hearing in the Victorian Supreme Court today, SP AusNet lawyer Jonathan Beach QC said his client sought to tender the evidence of police, CFA members and Department of Sustainability and Environment employees given at the Royal Commission.
But in response, he says the State Government had issued "blanket objections," questioning the authority under which the statements were given.
However, lawyers for the government said there'll be "thousands of pages" of evidence if all testimony is admitted.
The case is next due for another directions hearing in the same court on February 12.