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Amazing scenes ... Amid the figs and prosciutto Three Wigs Willy takes the judicial oath at Beppis ... Big shot barristers and law firm partners in octopus mode as their tentacles lurch towards unsuspecting victims ... The #AboutTime movement ... Read more ... 


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Judgment agony at the ACT Supremes ... Prolonging Roughshagger's last stand ... Written submission goes missing ... Costs judgment withdrawn ... Plaintiff in limbo ... Dilatory ex-judges enjoy statutory indulgence ... Artemus Jones reports  ... Read more ... 


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Ahoy. Navigation assistance ... Where are we with the ALRC inquiry into family law? ... Issues paper ... Therapeutic justice ... Exploration of new modes of service delivery ... Peach Melba on the case ... Read more ... 

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    "It was in this very fluid context of 'please, more, give me more'. He gave her more, but he gave her too much.

    What happened on the 24th of August was not a rape, but an unpleasant episode in what was otherwise a pleasant relationship."  

    Barrister Charles Waterstreet for Liam Gordon Murphy, "The Wolf", charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm after allegedly beat the victim with a cable. Downing Centre Local Court, May 14, 2018 ... Read more flatulence ... 


    Justinian Featurettes

    Dr Matt Collins QC ... On The Couch ... President of Vic's Bar n Grill discusses the findings of the State of the Victorian Bar report ... Solicitors eating more of the bar's lunch ... Love of Paris, The Beatles, and Australian cinema ... The Hockey case ... Defamation laws unfit for purpose ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Chesty says nyet to Nyst ... Struggle over legal fees paid by alleged drug dealers produces some intriguing arguments over who owns the loot … Sizzling retainer agreement in contention ... Sir Terence O'Rort reporting ... From Justinian's archive, January 2, 2010 ... 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.  


    All our featurettes have escaped from inside the paywall.  

     


    Monday
    Feb062017

    Another week - more mayhem

    Week @ the Knees for January 29 - February 5 ... Fairfax grovels to ex-Leighton boss ... Medich murder trial ... Girlfriend of Lindt gunman sentenced to 33 years ... Tales of Tim Worner ... Peter Thiel buys NZ citizenship ... Culleton prised from the senate ... Secret bid document for land titles registry ... Contempt charge for Brandis looms ... Kiefel sworn-in 

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    Saturday
    Jan282017

    Murder, mayhem, corruption

    Week @ The Knees ... A weekly round-up of events in the law, January 21 to January 28, 2017 ... Reform the justice system ... Whistle blown at Origin Energy ... Fred Nile a security risk ... Bail reform in Victoria ... East Timor drops spying case ... Brandis firms for London sk ... Bail reform in Victoria ... East Timor drops spying case ... Brandis firms for London

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    Saturday
    Jan072017

    Report card on judicial performance

    The rule of law is a fine thing and we should be grateful to have it when so many demagogues are on the loose ... Highs and lows of the judicial year ... Remembering Lionel Murphy, Tim Carmody and others ... Awe inspiring dirty linen ... Wig chaos in Victoria ... "Butt" squeezer Clarence Thomas at it again

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    Thursday
    Jan052017

    Year in review: triumphs and tribulations

    Holiday reading ... 2016 in many respects was a dispiriting year ... The cruel machinery of the criminal law caught up with a few notorious suspects ... Clumsy politics from the Commonwealth attorney general ... Even worse from the NSW government ... Sir John Kerr's tax dodge ... Synchronicity at the Federal Court ... Tasmanian fermentations ... Future for Brandis? ... Death at Runaway Bay 

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    Monday
    Dec192016

    Stephen Walmsley

    Stephen Walmsley SC, former judge and author of The Trials of Justice Murphy is on Justinian's couch ... A vexed chapter in the High Court's history ... The man from Yass rakes through the historical ashes ... The Paul Flannery connection ... Issues with refrigeration 

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    Monday
    Nov072016

    Greenway: forging ahead

    Sydney's newest chambers with bold ambitions ... Generous open spaces ... Seeking engagement with the wider world ... Feature laden fit-out ... Francis Greenway - an inspiration and a cautionary example

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    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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