ABC Online | 23 August 2011
The New South Wales Government will ask a judge to throw out claims that police could have avoided hundreds of unlawful arrests.
The NSW Police Force is facing a class action in the state's Supreme Court by young people who claim they were wrongfully detained because of glitches in the police computer system.
The claimants are being represented in court by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
The centre's senior solicitor, Vavaa Mawuli, says there have been complaints about the problem for years.
"To the Police Commissioner, the NSW Attorney-General and senior staff members within NSW Police and the Attorney-General's office," Ms Mawuli said.
"That's been happening consistently for five years with no result so far."
But despite that the ABC understands the State Government will tomorrow ask the court to throw out the claim that arresting officers should have known of the problem.
The Police Force's own prosecutions unit also warned more than a year ago of an "enormous risk" of claims for damages.