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Gleeson ahead on points, but not enough to sink Brandis ... Attorney General Brandis is likely to survive this latest manifestation of his ineptitude ... Control freak AG damaged ... Parliamentary committee a circus ... Legal Services Direction faces revocation ... Read more ... 

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Equine milkshakes ... Frothy concoctions for racehorses ... Trainer with priors in the milkshake department ... Winding track to Vic Appeals over 0.1 millimoles per litre above the prescribed limit of muscle relaxant ... Gold for Kev at the Schweppes Handicap ... Barry Lane is trackside ... Read more ... 


Mental as anything ... Pleb-O-Cite ... Same sex marriage ... The debate has already attracted some pretty nasty and hurtful comments ... But media lawyer Graham Hryce argues that using the mental health argument to close off discussion is a step too far ... Read more ... 

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    "I want to be at pains to emphasise to you, none of this ... had in any way affected the cordially [sic], professional relationship between me and the second law officer... The fact is, the ordinary relationship between Mr Gleeson and me as two senior professional lawyers has not been compromised or affected." 

    George Brandis on solicitor general Justin Gleeson's senate submission alleging that the attorney general had misled parliament. SkyNews. October 6, 2016 ... READ MORE >>

    Justinian Featurettes

    David Lemmings ... On The Couch with Professor David Lemmings ... Exploring the life and times of the English bar in the eighteenth century ... He has also studied the early role of the press in reporting criminal trials and the part it played in forming public opinion about justice and the courts ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Joe Cinque's death, diminished responsibility and the moral compass ... From Justinian's archive ... 2005 ... Evan Whitton recalls Anu Singh's murder trial ... Timely, as Helen Garner's book Joe Cinque's Consolation is now playing on the big screen ... 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.  



    David Lemmings

    On The Couch with Professor David Lemmings ... Exploring the life and times of the English bar in the eighteenth century ... He has also studied the early role of the press in reporting criminal trials and the part it played in forming public opinion about justice and the courts 

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    Election 2016 - law and justice

    National corruption commission and same sex marriage enter stage left ... Marriage plebiscite looking shaky ... Greens want a Bill of Rights and tighter gun controls ... Latest smear notes 

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    Ian Hancock

    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  

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    The failure to rein in rapacity

    Legal profession regulation is a structural mess ... Former Queensland legal services commissioner, John Briton, says the professional associations should vacate the regulatory field ... Too much self-interest, not enough consumer protection ... Law firm cultural issues unaddressed ... Shameful billing practices 

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    Patrick O'Sullivan

    The life and times of Patrick O'Sullivan QC ... On the Couch with the new president of the Australian Bar Association ... Issues confronting the ABA ... Where to from here? ... Adelaide or bust 

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    Jane Sanders

    From poolside in Penang Jane Sanders pays tribute to her hairdresser ... The principal solicitor at Sydney's Shopfront youth legal centre climbs onto the couch to talk about her regrets and triumphs 

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    Postcard from London

    Attorney General Brandis drags his weary bones back from high level commitments in London ... Visits to Huntsman and Sons and Thomas Pink, plus Aunty Violet in Bournemouth ... Commissioner Wilson blamed for airline booking fiasco 

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    Postcard from Paris

    Brandis in Europe ... Second leg of his holiday tour ... Interruptions Down Under ... Safely at the Crillon with a busy schedule of shopping 

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    Holidays with George 

    Summer delights ... George Brandis' postcard from Florence ... First leg of the AG's European holiday tour ... Bad news from Australia gets things off to a poor start

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    Noel Hutley

    Freshly elected president of the NSW bar is on the couch ... Steeped in the law ... Barrister to his bootstraps ... Reading, films, music, food, regrets and refrigeration all covered 

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