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Wither Great Britain ... Despite the loss of the YES campaign, Scotland will be given more powers by the wimps at Westminster ... Leverhulme surveys the referendum campaign ... And meets someone who Fights Like a Girl ... Read more ... 

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A matter of principle ... The debate about the appointment of Qld CJ Tim Carmody ... Appointing a lesser candidate raises the concern that the choice was all about political favours ... Judicial independence skewered ... Stephen Keim and Alex McKean examine the debating tricks and bald assertions ... Read more ...

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    "I felt embarrassed. I did, I couldn't believe it, because I had genuinely believed it." 

    Former prime minister John Howard, explaining his reaction when he discovered Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Seven Network, September 21, 1014 ... READ MORE >>

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    Justinian Featurettes

    Justice, with one foot forward ... William Eicholtz's Lady of Justice is firmly ensconced on the wall of the Country Court building in Melbourne ... Arts writer Mark Holsworth reports ... Read on ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Murdoch's local lawyer-in-chief Ian Philip back in the news again ... This time threating action against anyone who publishes leaked internal News Corp documents about the poor health of its newspapers ... Last time Justinian mention Philip it was March 2005 and Justice Tamberlin was unimpressed with his "substantially excessive" claims of privilege in the C7 case ... From our bulging treasure trove of stories ... Read more ...



    Keddies drops claim to pay $3.4 million in damages by instalments 

    Build-up of verdicts in District Court for overcharging ... Keddies Three put on affidavits as to how poor they are ... Application for time payment withdrawn as prospect of cross-examination looms 

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    A lustrous place in the sun

    The "rule of law" drum is repeatedly beaten as a way of reinforcing the great importance of lawyers and judges ... Yet, if the going got tough would lawyers, at risk to themselves, really stand-up for the rule of law? ... Or would they look the other way if faced with tyranny? ... Tulkinghorn provides an answer 

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    Spigelman trounced

    The High Court comprehensively knocks for six the NSW Court of Appeal's most peculiar decision in the James Hardie directors' case ... Duties of disclosure could not be more clear, or more necessary ... From Professor Michael Adams, dean of the law school at the University of Western Sydney ... Is Twiggy Forrest next? 

    Tricky bits in the budget 

    Polly Peck sniffs out some of the weirder corners of the federal budget … Drug money propping up the surplus … And access to justice takes a biff 

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    Twittering courts

    Baillieu government punts on a prison construction led recovery ... More prisons ... More crime ... More political swagger ... Waiting to test the new freedom from double jeopardy ... Twittering courts ... Yarraside Yarns with Sylvia Varnham O'Regan 

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    Triumph of remorse

    Rehabilitation through admission … Admissions Board in Queensland loses five year battle to keep applicant off the jam roll … Court of Appeal smiles kindly on 66-year-old with an "unsatisfactory past" … Peta Smith reports 

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    Word of the day is "client"

    Not a client for the purposes of seeking to declare a fee agreement null and void ... But, definitely a client when barristers need to hook into claims against the fidelity fund - in cases where solicitors have misappropriated the loot ... Interesting juggling from Vic Supremes 

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    Caledonian capers

    Leverhulme goes to Scotland and brings us news about Wee Eck ... The brawling MP for Falkirk ... The life and good works of Dame Elish Angiolini, former Scottish Lord Advocate ... Plus, who's putting the kettle on for Rupert? 

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    A trickle breaks the drought

    Money woes for Junior Junior ... When will she be paid? ... Generating the appearance of busyness is so exhausting ... Importance of keeping the phone connected 

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