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    "[Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests] volunteered that they felt at peace with themselves after being listened to by Peter O'Callaghan. As Commissioner, Peter achieved a unique thing – in [Václav] Havel's words he helped countless people 'orient their spirit' and gave them the certainty that their lives made sense Peter gave them hope just as it is described by Havel."

    Former High Court judge Susan Crennan at the unveiling of the portrait of Melbourne barrister Peter O'Callagan QC who ran Archbishop Pell's Melbourne Response to sexual abuse by priests. The Royal Commission reported that he failed to report criminal offences to the police. September 26, 2017 ... Read more ... 

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    Whitelocke on Lawmanship ... Beguiling pastiche of barristerial posturing ... The importance of looking the part ... The Velvet Salamander transforms into the Silver Canetoad ... James Hutton reviews Bullstrode Whitelocke’s essential text for advocates ... From Justinian's archive, July 13, 2010 ... Read more ... 


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    Temby and police indemnities

    Ian Temby in row over indemnities for police who illegally tapped phones ... From Justinian, April 1985

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    Major moments in the Murphy case

    For a large chunk of the time Lionel Murphy was a High Court judge (February 1975 to October 1986) he was hanging out with magistrates and District Court judges ... Morgan Ryan case of pressing importance ... "Now what about my little mate?" ... From Justinian's Déjà Vu department ... March 1985  

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    The man who replaced Barwick

    It's early 1981 and the government has announced that Sir Harry Gibbs will replace Sir Garfield Barwick as chief justice of the High Court ... While Queenslanders might be familiar with Gibbs, few others knew much about him ... In March 1981 Justinian filled-in some of the gaps and made some fearless predictions ... From our Déjà Vu department  

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    Melbourne barristers off the hook

    It's 1981 and the NSW bar's ethics committee has dismissed suggestions from Athol Moffitt that two Melbourne barristers weren't plying their trade in accordance with the high standards of the Sydney bar ... Suggestions that the trial was protracted by irrelevancies and the use of extreme language - thrown out by the ethics inspectors ... Crushing blow for Court of Criminal Appeal ... From Justinian's Déjà Vu department 

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    Struggling with the modern world

    Roderick Pitt Meagher has taken over the leadership of the NSW bar at a crucial time in its history ... Here Justinian gets up close to the man at the helm ... "Idiots" at the Law Reform Commission trying to meddle in bar's affairs ... Finding it hard to escape the Dark Ages ... Meagher's first ever interview ... Justinian, February 1980 

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    Vintage Lionel Murphy

    On June 29, 1979 Justice Lionel Murphy delivered a rip-roaring speech in Adelaide to the first national conference of Labor lawyers ... Murphy at that time had been on the High Court for four years and was its fifth most senior judge ... Here he made his most revealing public statement since leaving politics ... The role of judges ... Tax avoidance and the courts ... Doctrine of precedent ... The need for judges to change the common law boldly 

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