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Where's the hook? ... Senior NT lawyers seek removal of judge for apprehended bias ... Email reveals that judge's wife was privy to strategy and opinions of one side in Supreme Court judicial review heard by her husband ... Read more ... 


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Justinian Columnists

Reasonable suspicion ... Citizenship stripping ... Heavy-handed officialdom ... Wooly notions of "reasonable suspicion" ... Procrustes shows how it has worked in practice ... The immigration official who was "very thorough with non-whites" ... Read more ... 




Surviving swotvac ... Barely Legal is cramming three big exams into one weekend ... It's more sweat than vac ... Amoebas swimming downstream ... Hazing mandated by the legal profession ... Read more ...

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    Scott Morrison: I mean he has got his silks at the dry cleaners waiting to defend them when they come back and I think that really betrays the heart of Labor on many of these things. Mark Dreyfus wants a lawyers' picnic over these things and bringing these people back. 
    Ray Hadley: This is the problem minister. He can't forget he's a lawyer, he can't forget this, you see, and that's a dangerous thing - particularly if you've got a hand-wringing, left-leaning lawyer as your shadow attorney general. 
    Scott Morrison: I don't think it inspires confidence. 

    Scott Morrison discussing the government's citizenship laws on radio 2GB, June 22, 2015 ... READ MORE >>


    Justinian Featurettes

    Viticulture in Van Diemen's land ... Lawyers and the grape ... Guy Green and William Cox - Tasmania's vine growing chief justices, who managed not to produce any wine ... Gabriel Wendler reviews a painstaking history of Tasmanian wine ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Gibberish dopes the judges ... It takes submissions from a dope fiend to have Queensland judges wrapping themselves in extra layers of dignity and producing weighty reasoning about delirious abstractions ... From Justinian's archive, October 2008 ... Read more ... 


     

    Justinian featurettes

     

    There's another world beyond law and lawyering ... and here you can find it: reviews, wine notes, interviews, and the unpacking of the human condition.  

    Critics' Corner: reviews of books, films and TV by Worm and I. Box.
    Déjà Vu: marvellous slices of history from Justinian's bulging archive. 
    Jaws: food, glorious food.
    JustyFlix: our film crew covers the most glittering events on the calendar. 
    Miss Lumière: spends a lot of time in the dark, reviewing films. 
    On the Couch: where notable notables bear their souls. 
    Wendler on Wine: spectacular wine reviews, gargling and spitting from barrister Gabriel Wendler.  

    All our featurettes have escaped from inside the paywall.  

     


    Tuesday
    Jun162015

    Viticulture in Van Diemen's Land

    Lawyers and the grape ... Guy Green and William Cox - Tasmania's vine growing chief justices, who managed not to produce any wine ... Gabriel Wendler reviews a painstaking history of Tasmanian wine 

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    Tuesday
    Jun022015

    Richard McHugh

    Richard McHugh is a Sydney silk from a distiguishged legal and political family. He did his masters at Yale and worked for a time at a Wall Street law shop ... He used to appear regularly in the defamation courts, but has shifted his focus to commercial law, most recently appearing for Ginia Rinehart in the big family trust stoush ... A keen photographer he has turned his attention to writing ... Charlie Anderson's General Theory of Lying, published by Penguin, is his first novel ... Here he is, on Justinian's couch 

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    Sunday
    Mar222015

    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  

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    Thursday
    Feb122015

    Fiona McLeod

    Victorian silk Fiona McLeod now presides over the nation's briefs as head of the Australian Bar Association ... What is the ABA all about? ... And what does it's president stand for? ... Here she is with rare insights, on the couch 

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    Tuesday
    Feb102015

    Wine encounters in London

    Wendler in London ... Cruising Gordon's Wine Bar, Penfolds Wine Lounge and a Russian oligarch's lavish venture, Hedonism Wines ... Unfortunately, the Stinking Bishop was missing 

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    Tuesday
    Dec022014

    Keith Mason

    The former president of the NSW Court of Appeal is at it again ... Another sparking book on lawyers and the law ... Published in time for Christmas stockings ... Tall stories and true ... Keith Mason is venting on Justinian's couch 

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    Tuesday
    Nov042014

    Daniel Young

    Former lawyer and tax consultant with KPMG, Dan Young rides the wave of the inner-city bicycle boom ... We've lured Dan off the saddle and onto Justinian's couch to learn about the the transition from law to the art of bicycle mechanics ... 

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    Thursday
    Sep182014

    Justice, with one foot forward

    William Eicholtz's Lady of Justice is firmly ensconsed on the wall of the Country Court building in Melbourne ... Arts writer Mark Holsworth speaks to the sculptor and finds out how he went about creating this bold expression of justice  

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    Thursday
    Sep042014

    Helen Garner

    In This House of Grief Helen Garner lives and breathes the trials of Robert Farquharson, who was found guilty of the murder of his three young sons after driving his car into a dam near Geelong ... The courtroom as theatre and tedium ... The barristers, the judge, the competing stories ... The man and his murders ... Author Helen Garner is on Justinian's couch 

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    Tuesday
    Aug122014

    Too much speech 

    The Human Rights Commission's symposium on free speech, under the baton of Freedom Boy ... Originally designed to reboot the s.18C reforms, the show lost its sizzle because Soapy Brandis' didn't ... Many still clinging to the hope that one day we'll get a Bigots' Bill ... Mark Dreyfus rather spoils Timbo's parade ... Kate Lilly was there at ringside 

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