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Out of character ... The NSW bar has complained about attacks on character referees for a convicted rapist ... Minister condemns references as "appalling" ... A rerun of the Patrick Power case ... Contempt ... Sticking-up for the offender versus sticking-up for the victim ... Read more ... 


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Justinian Columnists

Out and Proud ... Four marriage equality cases go to the US Supremes ... Is there a constitutional right to gerrymander? ... Secretive lawyer society behind moves to bring down Affordable Care Act ... Shock finding - lawyers more liberal than most, but judges are more conservative ... Our Man in Washington ... Read more ... 




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    "It would be more accurate to say, however, that if there is any circularity in the majority's reasoning [NSW Court of Appeal], it is constituted of assuming the purpose of the Act and then reasoning, as if syllogistically, that, because a meaning of 'adversely affect' limited to an adverse effect on probity is more consonant with the assumed purpose of the Act, that meaning should be preferred."   

    From the majority's reasons in ICAC v Cunneen, High Court of Australia, April 15, 2015 ... READ MORE >>


    Justinian Featurettes

    Judge unimpressed with impressive looking advocate ... Someone called "Lord Chief Justice Thompson" said that Lord Harley could wear ribbons on his barrister's gown ... Except, there is no Lord Chief Justice Thompson and Lord Harley is not a barrister ... The transcript has emerged in the "Harry Potter" case ... Eccentricities galore ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    The rank n' file are revolting ... Unspecified grumbling about president Anna Katzmann at the NSW bar 'n' grill saw the emergence of a "reform" agenda for the bar's 2008 AGM ... Also, stronger safeguards against customers who complain about barristers' performance ... Change unlikely ... From Justinian's archive, November 3, 2008 ... Read more ... 


     

    Justinian bloggers (blawgers)


    Justinian proudly publishes some of the finest lawyers ever to get their fingers near a computer keyboard. 

    Dorothy says ... Dorothy inhabits a big law firm somewhere in the wide brown land. Disturbing insights into partners' meetings, management techniques and firm retreats. 
    Junior Junior ... Our baby barrister blogger slowly comes to grips with the mysteries of the bar. 
    Peach Melba ... Dazzling, with a finely tuned Yarraside snout. 
    Theodora ... Theodora was married to Justinian, and despite a shaky start in life now runs the empire like Mrs Thatcher. 

    We'd happily induct you into the blawging hall of fame if you wanted to unpack a few burning issues. Contact the Ed. for further and better particulars. 

     

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    Monday
    Apr132015

    The slow death of campus based law degrees 

    Barely Legal is on his high horse about the introduction of online Juris Doctor degrees ... Part of Pyne-O-Clean's rationalist cost-cutting agenda for universities ... Never mind the quality, feel the bulk 

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    Monday
    Apr132015

    The slow death of campus based law degrees 

    Barely Legal is on his high horse about the introduction of online Juris Doctor degrees ... Part of Pyne-O-Clean's rationalist cost-cutting agenda for universities ... Never mind the quality, feel the bulk and count the money 

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    Tuesday
    Mar312015

    Qld CJ leaps to his own defence

    Like Oliver Twist, the public wants more, please ... Stephen Keim SC and Alex McKean examine Tim Carmody's time allocated to exercising his judicial functions ... Then there are the tantalising unanswered questions caught-up in the Court of Disputed Returns  

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    Monday
    Mar302015

    Chief Justice of Qld - addressing the dilemma

    Criticism of senior judicial appointments in Queensland is not new, as Stephen Keim and Alex McKean remind us ... Serious allegations raised against the CJ, but few details ... Alan Wilson's concerns must be fully addressed 

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    Friday
    Mar202015

    From refugee to refugee lawyer

    The extraordinary journey of Marina Brizar ... From war torn Bosnia to refugee work in Australia ... The recipient of the LCA gong for Young Migration Lawyer of the year ... A reminder of the welcoming possibilities of Australia ... Kevin Childs reports 

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    Tuesday
    Mar102015

    Pro Rata Data Retention

    Beware: automatic recording of law lectures ... Sounds travel, particularly private ones ... Barely Legal gets tangled with the Canberra press reptiles on spill day ... Law making more fun in the parliamentary cauldron than in the courtroom 

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    Tuesday
    Mar032015

    The dog ate the homework

    Secretary of the Attorney General's Department loses crucial notes of conversation with Senator Brandis and Gillian Triggs ... Chris Moraitis' briefcase goes missing on world trip ... What else was in the briefcase that might pose a risk to the nation's security? ... Losing confidence ... Public Service Code of Conduct needs to be followed ... Stephen Keim SC and Alex McKean are on the case 

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    Tuesday
    Mar032015

    A ray of sunshine for the Sunshine State

    Queensland's new attorney general and her shadow ... A refreshing change ... Prospect of genuine bipartisan engagement on law and justice policies ... Peter Callaghan SC says it's time to restore judicial discretions 

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    Monday
    Feb022015

    The Clash

    Fighting tooth and nail in the law school trenches ... Ruinous timetables ... JD student Barely Legal asks, "why am I here?" 

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    Monday
    Jan122015

    Gagging the lawyers

    Queensland's Newman government sails into the election with its ideological agenda intact ... Community legal centres to lose funding if they speak out on government policy ... Throttling the voice of the vulnerable ... Stephen Keim and Alex McKean comment 

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    Sunday
    Jan112015

    Best of the worst

    2014's proudest moments for lawyers and the law ... The mesmerising performance of Bookshelves Brandis ... The inquisitorial system's manifold distractions ... Top End Lawn Order ... Defamatorium ... Ashby, Assange, Whitlam, ASIO, and more ... Theodora's wrap of the year  

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    Thursday
    Dec182014

    Bring back the asylums

    The Sydney hostage siege ramps-up the drum beat for more community protection ... History of violent sieges resulting in more power for securocrats ... The common law is not equipped to determine future criminal conduct ... Procrustes turns to the mental health system for a solution  

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    Friday
    Nov142014

    Wimmin and Whitlam's legacy

    Gough Whitlam had a profound impact on the rights of women ... His government was at the forefront of engaging women in the workforce ... There's still a long way to go, says Queensland barrister Kylie Hillard 

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    Tuesday
    Oct212014

    Queensland's women problem

    Updated on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Registered CommenterJustinian

    Brisbane barrister Kylie Hillard argues that the lack of female judicial appointments in Queensland is damaging confidence in the courts ... Disappearing women ... Warnings from Michael McHugh ignored ... Overwhelmingly white and male gives rise to perceptions of injustice 

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    Monday
    Sep152014

    A matter of principle

    The debate about the appointment of Qld CJ Tim Carmody ... Appointing a lesser candidate raises the concern that the choice was all about political favours ... Judicial independence skewered ... Unseemly spectacle ... Lapdog routine from local newspaper ... Stephen Keim and Alex McKean examine the debating tricks and bald assertions 

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