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The Tamil Times ... Readers taken on a wild trip with The Australian's legal affairs coverage ... Campaigns to sink ICAC and 18C go nowhere ... However, a journalist on a mission doesn't give up, despite the loss of limbs ... Read more ... 


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The persecution of Kate McCann ... The media has been at its salacious worst in the case of missing child Madeleine McCann ... Kate McCann given the Lindy Chamberlain treatment ... Tabloid and broadsheets alike questioned her authenticity ... "Yummy mummy and neurotic recluse" ... Bungling Portuguese police and judiciary ... Read more ... 



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The wrong right ... Student gloom ... The injustice of multiple choice exams ... Degrees of rightness ... The hard art of law ... Law school admission and PTSD ... Predicting the examiners thought processes ... Barely Legal picks the "wrong" right answer ... Read more ... 

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    "There have been no cuts to payments to Community Legal Centres by the Commonwealth Government." 

    Attorney General George Brandis in a speech to the Bar Association of Queensland, March 25, 2017. 

    "The government will commit an additional $55.7 million over the next three years for Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services." 

    Attorney General George Brandis announcing the refunding of the cuts that had never happened, April 24, 2017 ... Read more ... 


    Justinian Featurettes

    The post-Warren world - nominations and odds ... New CJ for the Vic Supremes ... Field set for the Warren Replacement Stakes ... Contenders nominated by Justinian's readers ... Curious odds being offered ... Names most frequently mentioned: Doyle, McLeod and Maxwell ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Springing Pauline from the nick ... Electoral fraud ... Forget the dishonest intent, see how the lunge for contract law saved Pauline ... Qld Court of Appeal missed the golden opportunity to finish Pauline Hanson's One Nation for good ... Instead, unpersuasive reasoning saved her and saddled the country with more poisonous nonsense ... Thanks Daphnis ... From Justinian's archive ...  November 18, 2003 ... Read more ... 


     

    Justinian featurettes

     

    There's another world beyond law and lawyering ... and here you can find it: reviews, wine notes, interviews, and the unpacking of 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. 
    Jaws: food, glorious food.
    JustyFlix: our film crew covers the most glittering events on the calendar. 
    Miss Lumière: spends a lot of time in the dark, reviewing films. 
    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.  

     


    Thursday
    Oct272016

    Philip Selth

    The retiring Philip Selth ... Living underground for 19 years ... Long haul boss of the NSW bar bows out to write biographies and history ... Former bureaucrat who knows where a lot of bodies are buried ... He's fidgety but has succumbed to the couch 

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    Monday
    Sep122016

    David Lemmings

    On The Couch with Professor David Lemmings ... Exploring the life and times of the English bar in the eighteenth century ... He has also studied the early role of the press in reporting criminal trials and the part it played in forming public opinion about justice and the courts 

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    Tuesday
    Aug302016

    Poms take the online English Reports back to the bosom

    Talk about disruption ... Council of Law Reporting sends divorce papers to LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for publication in Australia, Canada, NZ and USA ... The old law publishing world coming apart ... End of the oligopoly in sight 

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    Sunday
    Aug282016

    Inside Tom Hughes' defamation machine

    In his heyday, Tom Hughes QC had a flourishing defamation practice ... Big publishers and broadcasters ... Celebrities and sportsmen ... Trips to the Privy Council ... All attended by Hughes' trademark flourishes, piercing glares and withering cross-examination ... Ian Hancock in his biography of the great brief delves into Hughes' personal diary for some up close comments on cases, clients, judges and other barristers ... Defamatorium 

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    Thursday
    Aug112016

    The life, loves, triumphs and disappointments of Tom Hughes

    Choice cuts from Ian Hancock's biography of Tom Hughes, A Cab on the Rank ... A painful move from 11 Selborne ... Skyrocketing fees ... Great cases ... Lionel Murphy - "not an easy client" ... Diary observations of judges, barristers and bar etiquette 

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    Friday
    Jul152016

    The mystery of the silk fairy

    Mary Walker v NSW Bar Association ... NSW bar silk selection - where Franz Kafka meets Harold Pinter ... Debriefing conversations ... Protocol perils ... Popularity contests ... Bar council's struggle to get to grips with policy decisions  

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    Friday
    Jul082016

    The Pauper v The Prince

    Screwball High Court judge in England threatens barristers over silk appointments following critical letter in The Times ... Court of Appeal says judge's conduct is "shocking ... disgraceful ... deplorable" ... Pannick stations 

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    Friday
    Jul012016

    Election 2016 - law and justice

    National corruption commission and same sex marriage enter stage left ... Marriage plebiscite looking shaky ... Greens want a Bill of Rights and tighter gun controls ... Latest smear notes 

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    Monday
    Jun062016

    Ian Hancock

    Ian Hancock is the biographer of Tom Hughes QC, a hero of the Sydney bar ... He has submitted to Justinian's probing, intimate questions on the eve of the book's publication ... Biographing a biographer  

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    Tuesday
    Mar152016

    The failure to rein in rapacity

    Legal profession regulation is a structural mess ... Former Queensland legal services commissioner, John Briton, says the professional associations should vacate the regulatory field ... Too much self-interest, not enough consumer protection ... Law firm cultural issues unaddressed ... Shameful billing practices 

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