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No breach of the fortress ... Calls for ICAC to be closed down and its hearings it be held in secret find no support from the NSW Supreme Court ... Round One in Cunneen v ICAC ... Read more ... 


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Dire consequences ... The fallout from the Supreme Court's "money talks" theory of participatory democracy ... US Supremes give green light to states' marriage equality laws ... Prosecuting a non-war crime with no connection to the US ... Senate report on CIA torture soon to be buried ...  Roger Fitch reports from Washington ... Read more ... 




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Brisbane barrister Kylie Hillard argues that the lack of female judicial appointments in Queensland is damaging confidence in the courts ... Disappearing women ... Warnings from Michael McHugh ignored ... Overwhelmingly white and male gives rise to perceptions of injustice ... Read more ...

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    "I don't think we will ever have a Bill of Rights in Australia and I hope we never do. There are three things that keep Australia democratic: a vigorous parliamentary system; a free and sceptical press; and an incorruptible judiciary that administers laws in a fair and effective manner."  

    Former Prime Minister John Winston Howard, Law Society of NSW Journal, November 2014 ... READ MORE >>


    Justinian Featurettes

    On the Couch... Former tax lawyer 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 ... Read on ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Angela Liati, the "solitary crusader" caught up in the Marcus Einfeld case ... The cat loving, Boston Legal watcher has some strong views about what needs to be changed about Australia and the legal system ... She was on Justinian's couch in November 2008 ... A tiny treasure from our archive ... 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
    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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    Monday
    Jul212014

    Peter Russo

    Labor candidate for the seat of Sunnybank is well-known Brisbane solicitor Peter Russo ... Driven into politics by the Newman government's assault on criminal defendants and the independence of the judiciary ... Russo is on Justinian's Couch discussing important things, like food, the use of breath fresheners and the contents of his bedside table  

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    Tuesday
    Jul152014

    Peter Underwood and the theme from Jaws

    Peter Lyons remembers Peter Underwood ... Governor of Taswegia, former chief justice, former judge ... Social justice and legal education were his calling cards ... Obituary 

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    Monday
    Jun022014

    Jane Needham

    Meet the new president of the NSW Bar ... Jane Needham SC on Justinian's couch ... Analysis ... Confessions ... Kosher mayonaisse ... Songs about love-gone-wrong ... Last meal 

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    Wednesday
    Apr232014

    Hidden Grange hogs the limelight

    The 1959 Grange Hermitage ... Barry O'Farrell undone by an indifferent wine ... No wonder he forgot it ... Last of the "hidden" Granges, made in secret and in defiance of the Penfolds' directors ... Think '59 Grange ...Think Bill Lawrie ... Our wine man Gabriel Wendler critiques the wine at the heart of Winegate 

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    Friday
    Apr112014

    Jay Williams

    Jay Williams is the barrister appearing for some of the asylum seekers on Manus Island ... He's been representing them before a court of inquiry into alleged human rights abuses ... Deported by the PNG government ... Further proceedings pending ... From Melbourne to the Sydney bar via Arnhem Land with Immanuel Kant in his back pocket ... Now he's on Justinian's couch 

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    Thursday
    Mar202014

    Don Weatherburn

    Don Weatherburn is the hard facts man of the NSW criminal justice system ... He reminds the politicians that statistics don't lie ... A man who has blended a love of crime with a love of statistics ... He's on Justinian's couch, which is as good a reason as any to mention his new book, Arresting Incarceration 

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