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An afterlife for political flops ... The AAT has been trashed and stacked with the flotsam of the Liberal Party ... Cronyism ... Peter Dutton's "Australian values" ... The defenestration of the administrative review functions of the Commonwealth ... Read more ... 

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Hale Spiderwoman ... 11 out of 11 ... UK Supremes on a null and void prorogation ... Judicial review of the prerogative power of the crown ... Principle of parliamentary sovereignty ... Her Maj the cypher ... Welcome back Sir Edward Coke ... Procrustes explains ... Read more ... 

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    "One of the reasons I'm enthusiastic about Boris Johnson's prime ministership is because if there was ever a cometh-the-hour, cometh-the-man moment in the recent history of this country, this is it and he is that person."    

    George Brandis, Australia's High Commissioner to the UK, speaking in Manchester at the Policy Exchange. October 2, 2019 ... Read more flatulence ... 

    Justinian Featurettes

    Drugs, money and death ... The brutality of the drug business in Columbia ... Birds of Passage ... America, the greedy satan ... Complex codes of honour ... Peace and war ... Miss Lumière reviews the spectacle ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Is there something amusing, Mr Foreman? ... Defamatorium ... Outburst from barrister … Solicitor suing Financial Review ... Juror looked chastened after being directly addressed by counsel during summing-up … How to handle an outburst from the bar table... Let the transcript do the talking ... From Justinian's archive, March 2012 ... Read more ... 



    Justinian's archive

    Entries in Déjà Vu (10)


    At the eve of the French revolution

    Callinan's Japanese love scene mystery solved ... Prof. George Williams covers all lamentable appointment oversights ... Smoking airplane crashed into billable moments ... Adrian Powles RIP ... Defo in Van Diemen's Land ... The centre of the advocates immunity has just shifted ... Nietzsche's man at AG's department ... From Justinian's archive, August 2008 

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    High Court admonished

    President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal delivers a clip on the ear to the "haughty and blinkered" High Court ... A memorable farewell speech from Keith Mason ... From Justinian's archive, May 30, 2008

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    It was all a Masonic plot

    Lady Di Fingleton was offered a settlement by Premier Peter Bjelke-Beattie ... The fallout from The Queen v Fingleton, plus all the vivid ancillary proceedings – Daphnis de Jersey v Michael McHughJim Thomas v The High CourtJustice John Jerrard v Daphnis & Ors, etc. ... From Justinian's archive, July 2005 

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    With great respect

    Warfare on the High Court ... McHugh and Kirbs go hammer and tongs on argument about "indefinite detention" for aliens ... Boys. Boys. That’s quite enough ... From Justinian's archive, September 15, 2004 ... Ouch 

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    Ippster's Stella performance

    David Ipp's wonky wake-up call to anaesthetists ... Deputy registrar's deadweights ... Nettle and the Hollingworth case ... AG's historic library being dismembered ... Somosi’s imputations flop ... By appointment to the Viceroy of Tasmania ... (Spud) Murphy's bail application runs off at the mouth ... From Justinian's archive, June 2004 

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    The luck of the Irish

    Horrible lawyer stories from Yarraside ... A case of feuding partners ... More heat than light ... Costs of fight far outweigh amount in dispute ... From Justinian's treasure-trove of stories, May 15, 2003 

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    Slater & Gordon's tropical nightmare

    Risky litigation ... Slater & Gordon acts for Solomon Island landowners in treacherous case against Ross Mining ... Firm later "regrets ever having become involved in the proceedings" ... Earlier adventures of Nick Styant-Browne ... Champerty and maintenance ... From Justinian's archive, September 2002 

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    The bar at war with itself

    The tortured path to the Bar's adoption of direct professional access was littered with drama and betrayal ... It's the early 1990s and the NSW Bar was being dragged into the twentieth century ... Fusion, co-advocacy and access to barristers all in the melting pot as the government hatches the Legal Profession Reform Act ... Spin doctors and melting faxes all part of the furious battle to resist change 

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    Frying Bacon

    Journalist Wendy Bacon faced enormous pressure after she had the temerity to reveal Clarrie Briese's allegations against High Court justice Lionel Murphy ... Briese's evidence to a Senate committee was supposed to be a secret ... DPP Ian Temby also in strife with the Labor maaates ... From Justinian's archive ... September 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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