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Innovations in fee collection ... Barrister lightly spanked for sending disturbing fee threat to former clients ... "See what happens if you don't pay your bills" ... File leverage ... Agreement not to complain in exchange for the file ... NCAT bares its gums ... Read more ... 

Justinian Columnists

Do nothing in the new utopia ... Policy vacuums ... Private sector leaders are filling voids created by sleepwalking politicians ... Voice to parliament and global warming left in the cold - which, somehow, gets us to the casualisation of the workforce, particularly at universities ... Fly-in, fly-out law school lecturers ... Full Federal Court wrestles with a "casual employee" ... Read more ... 

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Time to act on Magnitsky ... Where's our Magnitsky Act? ... An effective way of dealing with corrupt individuals who violate human rights ... Lapsed Bill in the Commonwealth parliament ... The legacy of Russia's abuse of power and the calculated killing of state enemies ... Read more ... 

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    "I am really and truly pleased that I have been vindicated and that the court has preserved the presumption of innocence."   

    Tom Domican, "colourful" Sydney identity, who provided security services to a Kings Cross drug dealer, after settling for $100,000 his defamation case against nightclub entrepreneur John Ibrahim and Pan Macmillan. September 13, 2019 ... Read more flatulence ... 

    Justinian Featurettes

    David Hunt remembered ... Former NSW defamation judge and chief judge at common law ...The List with Socratic case management ... Defamation exotica ... Refinement of pleadings, perhaps over-refinement ... Prodigious worker ... International criminal law ... Tributes from Graham Hryce, David Rolph, Justice Mark Ierace and Judge Judith Gibson ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Sentencing terror ... Fabulous sentencing transcript from County Court, Victoria ... Judge James Montgomery and counsel wrestle with the dates and the years ... Pythonesque proceedings ... Court reporter struggles to keep up ... Tears to the eyes ... From the archive, June 2012 ... 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, I. Box and Miss Lumière.
    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.  

    All our featurettes have escaped from inside the paywall.  



    Weight of Evidence

    Forgery, drunkenness, prejudice, injustice ... The notorious Newtown Ejectment Case of the 1850s provides a fascinating slice of colonial life ... Matt Murphy's Weight of Evidence reviewed by Linda Funnell 

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    Rob Hulls

    Former Victorian attorney general Rob Hulls on Justinian's couch ... The man who brought the Charter of Human Rights to Victoria and introduced judicial tendering ... Now director of the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT ... Training students to be innovative and passionate  

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    Which way to Parramatta? 

    Supreme and Federal Court judges loathe to venture out of the eastern suburbs and north shore ... Law School trouble with the JD degree ... Terror appeal, CCA on red alert

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    Steve Mark

    Influenced by Doris Lessing  and John Lee Hooker ... Proselytizer for the "globalisation of ethics" ... Closely identified with blancmange ... Steve Mark, the lawyer who wanted to stay out of jail, joins us on Justinian's couch

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    Geoffrey Watson

    Panadol ... Wikipedia ... Laziness ... Atticus Finch ... Hot chips ... Frequent flyer points ... Ian Chappell ... Bach's Goldberg Variations - The secret ingredients in the life of Geoffrey Watson 

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    Michael Sexton and the Super Tuscans

    NSW solicitor general Michael Sexton discusses Italian reds and whites with Justinian's wine correspondent, Gabriel Wendler ...  Region by region, grape by grape, they let their taste buds do the talking 

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    Gill Phillips

    Gill Phillips is The Guardian's top in-house lawyer in London ... She's been in Australia for the past fortnight sussing out the local legal scene and drawing up long and short lists of external media law firms that might assist the new Australian edition of The Guardian ... We're fearlessly interrogating this lawyer who couldn't be an historian while she's recumbent on Justinian's couch 

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    I'm just wild about Harry

    The punchy suburbs of Adelaide in the 1970s ... Barrister Richard Beasley's new novel Me and Rory Macbeath evokes shades of the Violet Roberts case ... Boys into men ... Domestic violence, bullying and the defence of provocation ... Reviewed by Linda Funnell 

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    Retrospective: Te Muna Road Pinot

    The frustrations of a pinot drinker ... With so many clones of the pinot vine, performance varies greatly ... "Fickle and troublesome" ... Justinian's wine correspondent Gabriel Wendler finds some complex and brooding pinots among Craggy Range's Te Muna Road selection ... Taste-up at Chiswick Gardens 

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    Mark Dreyfus

    Mark Dreyfus talks films, books and music ... The weather nut confides the contents of his refigerator and other important lifestyle details ... The Commonwealth Attorney General is lured onto Justinian's couch 

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