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Year in review: triumphs and tribulations ... Holiday reading ... 2016 in many respects was a dispiriting year ... The cruel machinery of the criminal law caught up with a few notorious suspects ... Clumsy politics from the Commonwealth attorney general ... Sir John Kerr's tax dodge ... Synchronicity at the Federal Court ... Future for Brandis? ... Death at Runaway Bay ... Read more ... 

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    "I have made it a principle all my life never to ask for anything from any prime minister." 

    Rupert Murdoch in a letter to The Guardian, December 20, 2016. It was promptly contradicted by information from former prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair ... READ MORE >>


    Justinian Featurettes

    Report card on judicial performance ... Highs and lows of the judicial year ... Remembering Lionel Murphy, Tim Carmody and others ... Awe inspiring dirty linen ... Wig chaos in Victoria ... "Butt" squeezer Clarence Thomas at it again ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Seven good reasons why Spigs is not the highest CJ ... Robert French CJ is being farewelled throughout the land ... Here, from Justinian's archive, we remember his appointment ... July 2008 ... How did Spigs manage to run second? ... 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.  

     


    Saturday
    Jan072017

    Report card on judicial performance

    The rule of law is a fine thing and we should be grateful to have it when so many demagogues are on the loose ... Highs and lows of the judicial year ... Remembering Lionel Murphy, Tim Carmody and others ... Awe inspiring dirty linen ... Wig chaos in Victoria ... "Butt" squeezer Clarence Thomas at it again

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    Thursday
    Jan052017

    Year in review: triumphs and tribulations

    Holiday reading ... 2016 in many respects was a dispiriting year ... The cruel machinery of the criminal law caught up with a few notorious suspects ... Clumsy politics from the Commonwealth attorney general ... Even worse from the NSW government ... Sir John Kerr's tax dodge ... Synchronicity at the Federal Court ... Tasmanian fermentations ... Future for Brandis? ... Death at Runaway Bay 

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    Monday
    Dec192016

    Stephen Walmsley

    Stephen Walmsley SC, former judge and author of The Trials of Justice Murphy is on Justinian's couch ... A vexed chapter in the High Court's history ... The man from Yass rakes through the historical ashes ... The Paul Flannery connection ... Issues with refrigeration 

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    Monday
    Nov072016

    Greenway: forging ahead

    Sydney's newest chambers with bold ambitions ... Generous open spaces ... Seeking engagement with the wider world ... Feature laden fit-out ... Francis Greenway - an inspiration and a cautionary example

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    Thursday
    Oct272016

    Philip Selth

    The retiring Philip Selth ... Living underground for 19 years ... Long haul boss of the NSW bar bows out to write biographies and history ... Former bureaucrat who knows where a lot of bodies are buried ... He's fidgety but has succumbed to the couch 

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    Monday
    Sep122016

    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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    Tuesday
    Aug302016

    Poms take the online English Reports back to the bosom

    Talk about disruption ... Council of Law Reporting sends divorce papers to LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for publication in Australia, Canada, NZ and USA ... The old law publishing world coming apart ... End of the oligopoly in sight 

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    Sunday
    Aug282016

    Inside Tom Hughes' defamation machine

    In his heyday, Tom Hughes QC had a flourishing defamation practice ... Big publishers and broadcasters ... Celebrities and sportsmen ... Trips to the Privy Council ... All attended by Hughes' trademark flourishes, piercing glares and withering cross-examination ... Ian Hancock in his biography of the great brief delves into Hughes' personal diary for some up close comments on cases, clients, judges and other barristers ... Defamatorium 

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    Thursday
    Aug112016

    The life, loves, triumphs and disappointments of Tom Hughes

    Choice cuts from Ian Hancock's biography of Tom Hughes, A Cab on the Rank ... A painful move from 11 Selborne ... Skyrocketing fees ... Great cases ... Lionel Murphy - "not an easy client" ... Diary observations of judges, barristers and bar etiquette 

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    Friday
    Jul152016

    The mystery of the silk fairy

    Mary Walker v NSW Bar Association ... NSW bar silk selection - where Franz Kafka meets Harold Pinter ... Debriefing conversations ... Protocol perils ... Popularity contests ... Bar council's struggle to get to grips with policy decisions  

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