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Free speech heroes ... Section 18C wheeled out for one more trot around the track ... "Call me short, call me fat, call me a Queenslander" ... The lunar corner of the senate chamber says offence is always taken, not given ... Not racist, just haters ... Free speech zealots and consequences for offshore "processing" ... Procrustes lets fly ... Read more ... 



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    "It is the role of the Australian Human Rights Commission to promote tolerance, not to encourage a culture of grievance." 

    Attorney General Senator George Brandis, responding to Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane's suggestion that the AHRC is available to consider complaints by Aboriginal Australians about an offensive cartoon by Bill Leak. August 12, 2016 ... READ MORE >>


    Justinian Featurettes

    Ian Hancock is the biographer of Tom Hughes QC, a hero of the Sydney bar ... He has submitted to Justinian's probing, intimate questions on the eve of the book's publication ... Biographing a biographer ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Where has the dignity gone? ... Advertising for judges and the dignity of the bench ... Magistrates' status on the up-and-up ... Federal Court's Melbourne marketing blitz ... Privilege tussle over Sydney bar's Stephen Archer documents ... Grief sweeps VicBar over Faris' resignation ... From Justinian's archive, October 2007 ... 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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    Friday
    Aug192016

    No Fee - No Win

    Junior Junior's phone hasn't rung for weeks ... Cultivating the appearance of busyness ... Smoke and mirrors ... Fake briefs ... Knowledge of cheese ... The critical importance of the correct sized folder 

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    Monday
    Aug152016

    Letter to a judge

    Juror tantrum ...  WA Court of Appeal upholds itself ... High Court in unchartered territory ... Jurors cross-examined ... Claim of coercion seen in a new light ... Examination of jury deliberations by appeal judges ... Foreman claims he was physically threatened ... Meltdown in the jury room ... Sand Groper reports 

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    Tuesday
    Jul262016

    How Rupert Murdoch went bad

    According to Evan Whitton, Rupert Murdoch went bad 56 years ago, and stayed bad ... Always with an eye on the main chance for number one ... The Rupert Max Stuart affair ... The role of Sol Chandler ... Playing tootsies with Gorton and Whitlam ... Hacking and Milly Dowler ... Wilful blindness 

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    Thursday
    Jul072016

    The constitutionality of unrepresentative swill

    One Nation's senators-elect and their brushes with the law ... Queensland Court of Appeal avoided getting too close to the facts in the Hanson fraud case ... One Nation candidate from WA up before the court for car theft ... Ineligibility and the Constitution  

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    Wednesday
    Jun222016

    Brandis and his "boutique controversies"

    Following his debate with George Brandis on Monday evening, shadow AG Mark Dreyfus QC gives an assessment of his opponent and reviews the damage wrought by the current attorney general ... "Not fit for office"

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    Monday
    Jun132016

    A place in the community

    Barely Legal samples the delights of both community law and Big Law ... The canapés are better at Big Law ... Scuffed brown shoes confirm his place in the hierarchy 

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    Wednesday
    May182016

    That's not funny

    Appearing before the gods of the bench ... Dire warning about flippancy in court ... Correctly reading the judicial temperament ... Traps for young players ... Junior Junior on adjournment techniques 

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    Sunday
    May012016

    Shakespeare on refugees

    Shakespeare had some fine things to offer politicians and judges on refugees and how to treat them ... Procrustes says it should be compulsory for ministers of the crown to read Measure For Measure ... More bribes on the way for PNG following the Supreme Court decision on the Manus Island detention centre 

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    Tuesday
    Apr122016

    Second-hand hearsay

    Stories from the depths ... Café life for Junior Junior as she soaks up the tittle-tattle and innuendo ... Channelling F.E. Smith, Birkett and Marshall Hall ... The story must be true if told by another barrister 

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    Tuesday
    Apr052016

    Returning to class

    The law is riddled with classy types, yet class is rarely mentioned ... A taboo topic at law school ... Law and privilege go hand in hand ... Barely Legal wants to talk about it because it could be affecting his legal education 

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    Tuesday
    Mar222016

    Late for the list

    Six months in ... 40 years to go ... Junior Junior reviews her first tentative steps towards wigged glory ... Dress notes ... Prospects of starvation 

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    Wednesday
    Mar162016

    Difficulty with the word "could" 

    Another expert queries the mysteries of the High Court in ICAC v Cunneen ... Legal historian Evan Whitton draws inspiration from Bob Trimbole ... Appeal courts akin to casinos 

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    Friday
    Feb122016

    Migratory thoughts

    While the High Court was tangling with M68's case, JD student Barely Legal was hearing submissions from fellow undergrads on the inner meaning of the Migration Act ... Justice v Law ... Purposive v Literal ... Denning v French ... Politics and law 

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    Tuesday
    Feb022016

    The minimalist republic

    The Republic ... The white-out way to change the Constitution ... Replace "Governor General" with "President" 46 times ... The importance of sticking with the Westminister system, not the Presidential model ... Traps and pitfalls in re-running the quest for a titular and executive Australian head of state ... Lawyer Bruce Donald on the case 

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    Thursday
    Dec102015

    Being perfect is bad

    It's depressing for law students ... Trying too hard to be perfect while feeling that work is pointless ... Where do we get off? ... Law students less inclined to share and help ... Too much competition ... Barely Legal gets the end-of-year blues 

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