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Family Court - facts v fiction ... "Sources close to the Family Court" prepare a fact sheet that shoots holes in "Christian" Porter's case for abolishing the court ... Lies, damn lies and blatant falsities ... Pitch for survival as judges mount the battlements ... Here's the judges' fact sheet, in full ... Read more ... 


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Rhodes scholars ... A gaggle of judges invade Rhodes ... The significance of Hellenism to contemporary legal issues ... Personal injury and audio-visual technology ... SA barristers stamping their tiny feet for QC gongs ... Murray Darling royal commission running out of water ... Procrustes files ... Read more ... 


 

 

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Trumpism hits the law of contract ... Blustering letters from the other side ... Ramped-up outrage ... No more yelling "snap" ... Sacrosanct clause in contract written by PR people ... Irrelevant aspirations ... Dorothy rapped on the knuckles ... Read more ... 

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    "What we are attempting to achieve here is not the abolition of any court, but the merging of two courts ... so we can get the best practice consistently applied to all family law matters ..."

    Attorney General Christian Porter on his federal courts reform, which will see an end to the Family Court of Australia and a Federal Circuit Court approach to all family law cases. The Australian, August 17, 2018 ... Read more flatulence ... 


    Justinian Featurettes

    Life of Clive ... Clive Evatt leader of the defamation bar - RIP ... Passionate about plaintiffs, yet gave significant leg-ups to defendants ... Charming, wily and unrelenting ... The Evatt business model ... Dubious clients and desperate cases ... Thoughts from colleagues and opponents ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Delirious news for lawyers and the hoi polloi ... Evan Whitton ... The first step for the Academy of Law is to uncover why lawyers are doomed to be unloved ... A missing staple comes as a reminder that process trumps truth ... From Justinian's archive, July 16, 2007 ... Read more ... 


     

    Justinian featurettes

    There's another world beyond law and lawyering ... and here you can find it: reviews, wine notes, interviews, and unpacking 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. 
    JustyFlix: our film crew covers the most glittering events on the calendar. 
    On the Couch: where notable notables bear their souls. 
    Week@TheKnees: a review of the week's main news stories on lawyers and the law. 
    Wendler on Wine: spectacular wine reviews, gargling and spitting from barrister Gabriel Wendler.  


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    Friday
    Aug102018

    Life of Clive

    Clive Evatt leader of the defamation bar - RIP ... Passionate about plaintiffs, yet gave significant leg-ups to defendants ... Charming, wily and unrelenting ... The Evatt business model ... Dubious clients and desperate cases ... A big life beyond the law ... Thoughts from colleagues and opponents 

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    Monday
    Jul232018

    Rupert's Bootle Boy

    Peter Lyons in The Dart reviews Les Hinton's The Bootle Boy ... Journalism, ruthless Rupert, hacking, politics & human frailty ... From Liverpool, to Adelaide, to New York, to London ... Globe trotting insider who clung to the boss 

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    Monday
    Jul232018

    The lawyer as wine tourist

    Wine man Gabriel Wendler visits the extraordinary Thomas Hardy Wine Library in Adelaide and d'Arenberg's Cube at McLaren Vale ... One of the great wine book collections in the world, while The Cube makes a big impact on the Southern Vales 

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    Friday
    Jul202018

    Greg Tolhurst

    Greg Tolhurst is the Executive Director of the NSW Bar Association and he's on Justinian's Couch ... An indoors-outdoors sort of person ... Huge pile of books beside his bed ... Lots of music ... Running the bar association at a time of considerable disruption ... Bin Chicken SC and Bullfry practising without tickets ... Dinner table banter ... Dessert and drumming ... No hot sun but more vitamin D

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    Friday
    Jul062018

    Lorenzo Street's passing out parade

    Street the Stockman ... The shirt of flies ... Platypus Junction ... Street the charmer ... Friend of the press ... A legacy in law and love ... The sea and the bush 

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    Sunday
    May272018

    Letter from London

    It hasn't been all beer and skittles as the new High Commissioner to the UK takes his place on the marble stairway ... An early missive from our man at Australia House ... Correspondence from lofty sources finds it's way to Justinian's in-tray 

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    Tuesday
    May012018

    Dr Matt Collins QC

    President of Vic's Bar n Grill on Justinian's Couch ... Matt Collins discusses the findings of the State of the Victorian Bar report ... Solicitors eating more of the bar's lunch ... Barristers not overpaid, considering ... Love of Paris, The Beatles, and Australian cinema ... The Hockey case ... Defamation laws unfit for purpose ... An impatient driver of change 

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    Tuesday
    Mar202018

    Michael Finnane QC

    Michael Finnane joins us on the couch to talk about himself and his book The Pursuit of Justice ... In fact, he's concerned whether the courts actually deliver justice ... The sweep of history and experience from Menzies to Turnbull 

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    Tuesday
    Dec052017

    Concerning Champagne

    Champagne - a product as much driven by marketing and legend as by the content of the bottle ... Ten myths exploded in a new critique of the bubbly libation ... Justinian's wine man G.D. Wendler explains, just in time for Christmas  

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    Friday
    Nov172017

    Deconstructing the Gayle trial

    Gayle v Fairfax ... Defamatorium ... Fair is foul and foul is fair ... Weighing the balance of a testing trial ... Analysis of judge's rulings 

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