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Out of character ... The NSW bar has complained about attacks on character referees for a convicted rapist ... Minister condemns references as "appalling" ... A rerun of the Patrick Power case ... Contempt ... Sticking-up for the offender versus sticking-up for the victim ... Read more ... 


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Out and Proud ... Four marriage equality cases go to the US Supremes ... Is there a constitutional right to gerrymander? ... Secretive lawyer society behind moves to bring down Affordable Care Act ... Shock finding - lawyers more liberal than most, but judges are more conservative ... Our Man in Washington ... Read more ... 




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    "It would be more accurate to say, however, that if there is any circularity in the majority's reasoning [NSW Court of Appeal], it is constituted of assuming the purpose of the Act and then reasoning, as if syllogistically, that, because a meaning of 'adversely affect' limited to an adverse effect on probity is more consonant with the assumed purpose of the Act, that meaning should be preferred."   

    From the majority's reasons in ICAC v Cunneen, High Court of Australia, April 15, 2015 ... READ MORE >>


    Justinian Featurettes

    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 ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    The rank n' file are revolting ... Unspecified grumbling about president Anna Katzmann at the NSW bar 'n' grill saw the emergence of a "reform" agenda for the bar's 2008 AGM ... Also, stronger safeguards against customers who complain about barristers' performance ... Change unlikely ... From Justinian's archive, November 3, 2008 ... Read more ... 


     

    Justinian Columnists

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Evan Whitton

    Evan has been a journalist for more than 50 years. He was editor of The National Times, chief reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and reader in journalism at Queensland Uni. He has received five Walkley awards for journalism and was journalist of the year in 1983 for his coverage of the Street Royal Commission into judicial corruption. He has spent a lifetime hanging around courts and commissions of inquiry. He continues to analyse and compare the adversarial and inquisitorial systems of justice. Our Corrupt Legal System is the latest of his eight non-fiction books.

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Tulkinghorn

    Revered Justinian columnist Tulkinghorn unpicks the jargon and posturing that glues the legal profession together in its mission to make more work for itself. Everything from the profession's billing practices, special pleading, judicial protection rackets and inequality before the law are in his sights. Tulkinghorn has practised as a private lawyer, a prosecutor and an academic. He also has a fine grasp of legal history and from where the modern law came.

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Polly Peck

    Polly has been in the backseat of more Commonwealth cars than just about anyone. She's been covering the inside and the downside of Canberra for 20 years and is often referred to as the "Helen Thomas of the Molonglo". The public service, the parliament and the press pack are her beat.

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Sir Terence O'Rort

    Sir Terence is our Brisbane affairs columnist. He was ennobled by the Bjelke-Petersen government for his services to law, greyhounds, highway construction, and as the internal integrity commissioner for the National Party. He is married to Lady O'Rort, the former Miss Kingaroy Showgirl. Together they have no children. Sir Terence writes about court proceedings, politics and the judiciary for Justinian. He is hot on the tail of uncovering creeping left wing influences. 

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Leverhulme

    The lost great-grandson of Viscount Leverhulme's liaison with Lady Docker sends us missives from London, even though he spends a lot of time on the Continent. The Lever family originally came from Lancashire and made its fortune in soap with such famous brands as Sunlight, Lux and Lifebuoy. Leverhulme was invited by LibDem leader Nick Clegg to be part of his cocktail cabinet, but he declined because he wanted to stay on the wagon. He is often seen at the race track. 

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Barry Lane

    Barry is a Melbourne lawyer who has worked at the coal face of the law for longer than he cares to remember. Barry has a fantastic nose for a good story. He's written for Justinian extensively on how the courts have come to grips with corporate shenanigans, legislation affecting personal injury and professional misconduct. He's also a member of Gamblers Anonymous and is keen student of ikebana

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Roger Fitch, Esq.

    Roger is Justinian's man in Washington. An expert on the law of war he's tracked both the Bush and Obama administrations flawed efforts to create a legal framework to bring "enemy combatants" and detainees "to justice". He's also writes on the US Supreme Court and the machinations of Washington politics. Originally he came from Texas. 

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    William Collins

    William is a prominent Melbourne lawyer and patron of the arts. Associate to Sir Keith Aickin he went on to have a distinguished career in an out of private practice. He was the legal brains driving many of the reforms of the Kennett government. He's a keen observer of law, litigation and politics. 

    Monday
    May172010

    Stephen Keim SC.

    Stephen practises at the Brisbane bar. He represented Indian born doctor Mohamed Haneef in his application for judicial review of a government decision to revoke his Australian visa. Controversially, he leaked to the press the AFP record of interview with Haneef shortly after the doctor was arrested on suspicion of having terrorist connections. Stephen is national president of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.


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