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Judge's meddling ... Victorian Country Court judge in trouble for over-zealous bollicking of defence counsel during criminal trials ... Trials tainted by judge's "heated conversations" with counsel ... From Barry Lane ... Read more ... 


Weasels on the march ...Law faculty study guides are infested with weasel words and incomprehensible babble ... Law lecturers should fight back ... Blogger Barely Legal says the law is being attacked by rotten language ... Read more ... 

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    "Integrity is uppermost in everything that I have ever done and that I will always continue to do." 

    Special Minister of State Mal Brough, responding to the AFP raid on his home. He had previously admitted procuring James Ashby to make copies of the diaries of Speaker Peter Slipper, which were then leaked to the media. November 26, 2015 ... READ MORE >>

    Justinian Featurettes

    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 ... Have we spelled his name correctly? ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    L.C. Gruzman, I. Temby & Teddy Kennedy ... From the Rewind Office … Justinian’s hard copy archive coughs-up snippets from 1988 … Laurence Gruzman’s fear of AIDS infected Qantas stewards … Ian Temby’s fearlessness … And the Australian Legal Convention – a bridge too far for Teddy Kennedy ... 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.  



    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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    Promises, promises 

    Updated on Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Registered CommenterJustinian

    UPDATE ... Email meltdown ... NSW briefs besieged with election claims and counter claims ... Tickets advocating "stability" and "neutrality" ... Priceless bauble at stake ... Vote early, vote often ... Roll out the bunting 

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    Remembering Andre Simon

    Gabriel Wendler on Andre Simon ... Founder of the Wine and Food Society ... Prolific author on grape related matters ... Champagne aficionado ... Expert witness in wine litigation ... One bottle left in his cellar at time of death  

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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