'It's Not Just About the Money' - Enhancing the Vindicatory Effect of Private Law Remedies
Monash University Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 1, p. 216, 2011
26 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2012
Date Written: 2011
Affirmation of a plaintiff’s rights where they have been infringed is at the heart of the legal process. In recent years, interest in the vindicatory purpose of the law has increased. This article examines the role of remedies law in giving effect to rights that protect personality interests including reputation, dignity and feelings. We argue that plaintiffs who express a preference for a non-monetary order will often not feel sufficiently vindicated if they are limited to an award of damages. In these circumstances, a court should give due weight to a plaintiff’s preference, or at least acknowledge their preference, in their judicial pronouncement. There is untapped potential to strengthen both the vindicatory purpose and the therapeutic effect of law through non-monetary remedies and judicial pronouncements.
Keywords: vindication, reputation, dignity, feelings, monetary order, non-monetary order, plaintiff, declarations, corrections, apologies, private law remedies
JEL Classification: K00, K10, K12, K13, K30, K40, K49
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