A former public servant who wrongfully spent almost two decades behind bars for murder is eager to "get on with the rest of his life" after being awarded more than $7 million compensation.
David Eastman was in prison for nearly 19 years over the 1989 shooting murder of federal police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester.
But the 74-year-old was found not guilty of Mr Winchester's murder at a retrial last year, after his first conviction was quashed in 2014 due to concerns about the original evidence.
He had pleaded not guilty in 1993 but received a life sentence two years later.
Mr Eastman sued the ACT government under the territory's human rights laws, seeking between $14 million and $18 million in compensation.
He had earlier rejected a $3.8 million "act of grace" payment from the ACT, which would have required him to waive his right to pursue any further compensation.
At the ACT Supreme Court on Monday, Justice Michael Elkaim said Mr Eastman should instead receive $7,020,000.
The ACT government was also ordered to pay his legal costs.
The territory had argued Mr Eastman didn't have that right to be compensated under the ACT's human rights act, as he already had access to compensation through their "act of grace" process.
In a written account of his reasons, Justice Elkaim shot down the argument.
"The fact that the (ACT) treasurer has made an offer of an act of grace payment is meaningless," Justice Elkaim found.
The judge also stressed the ordeal Mr Eastman has faced.
"Almost 19 years is a very long time to be in prison," he wrote.
"To this must be added the experience of prison as described by the plaintiff in his statement and inferred from the prison records.
"The experience also includes the injustice of being in prison as a result of a very flawed first trial."
In a statement to court about his time in prison, Mr Eastman said he had watched another prisoner beaten to death, was bashed by inmates and guards and was moved 90 times between jails.
Mr Eastman said he occasionally smeared faeces on the wall of his cell in protest.
Despite the compensation figure falling well short of what he had been seeking, Mr Eastman's solicitor Sam Tierney said he was "pleased" with the result.
"I think he is relieved and very happy that the court has so promptly considered his matter," Mr Tierney told reporters outside court.
"He would like to now get on with the rest of his life, if possible."
He said Mr Eastman has some ideas for how he might spend the cash.
"He's lost a significant chunk of his life and he's obviously got some thoughts in mind about what he might do with it, but we'll have to wait and see."
Mr Tierney acknowledged the ACT government could still appeal Justice Elkaim's judgment if it wants.