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Judgment of the week ... Justice Ian Harrison in the NSW Supremes dismisses apprehended bias application ... Facebook posts by judge's tipstaff ... Finding that cases are decided by judges, not their staff ... Read more ... 



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The Obstructionist-in-Chief ... Three Pinocchios for Billy Barr ... Mueller's 11 obstruction findings ... Charging and indicting Trump ... SCOTUS takes on cultural issues with new term cases ... Noam Chomsky on how the US political system works ... From Our Man in Washington ... Read more ... 



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Laboratory for apparatchiks ... Law school during the election campaign ... Lots of students in suits as careers in Parliament House beckon ... Party hacks starting young ... Barely Legal reports from campus ... Read more ... 

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    "It is my vision for this country as your prime minister to keep the promise of Australia to all Australians. 

    I believe that Australia is a promise to everyone who has the great privilege to call themselves Australian. It's the promise that allows Australians quietly going about their lives to realise their simple, honest aspirations." 

    Vision statement from prime minister Scott Morrison, launching the Liberal Party campaign, May 12, 2019 ... Read more flatulence ... 

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    Justinian Featurettes

    Muddied oafs ... It was 1956 - Sir William Slim was Governor General, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean surfaced in Moscow and My Fair Lady opened on Broadway ... It was also the year that two teams of NSW solicitors and barristers squeezed into their footy gear and scrummed down ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    When only the victim speaks the truth ... Author Bri Lee's book Eggshell Skull scoops up another prize - this time at the Australian Book Industry Awards ... A story of childhood sexual assault ... While the book continues to collect awards, the author's view about how natural justice ought to work should be read with caution ... In 2018 we published lawyer Joanna Jenkins's review ... It's timely to reprise her concerns about the book ... Read more ... 




    No names, no pack drill

    Pseudonym order granted to prominent lawyer and pillar of society accused of jilting his extra mural lover ... Salacious claims ... Embarrassment ... Trespass to the body ... Battery ... Nervous shock ... Jane Doe v XYZ in the Vic Supremes ... Janek Drevikovsky reports 

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    The Hate Report

    Hateful business ... Post-Christchurch ... Post-Colombo ... Australia starved of nationwide information and data about the extent of hate crimes ... Lack of a strategic approach by law enforcement, even as abuse of minorities is rising ... USA and UK comparisons ... Janek Drevikovsky gets to grips with the problem of assembling a national database of hatred, harassment and threats 

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    A long, slow burn

    Burning is not a doco about global warming ... It captures the urban and rural reality of South Korea ... A languid and intriguing film where things are never quite what they seem ... Burning greenhouses and mystery cats ... Disparity and enigma ... Miss Lumière at the cinema 

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    Broke litigants should cough-up

    Costs for impecunious Don Dale prisoners ... Use of tear gas to quell rioting youngsters ... NT appeal judges reverse themselves on awarding costs against impecunious litigants and, in the process, preempt a High Court appeal from the territory on the very same topic ... Top End law 'n' order ... Buffalo Bruce reports 

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    Rush: a parallel universe

    A gaping hole in the Rush defamation case ... Evidence available to support the truth defence about "scandalously inappropriate behaviour" ... Judge decides witness should not called ... Tendency evidence ... Case management more important than the truth ... Suppression order remains in place ... Rush's victory rings hollow 

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    How to win friends and become a judge 

    All in the family ... Great speech at the Free Willy show ... Judicial appointment in the mail ... Temple of Federal Justice on hold ... ALRC family law recommendations and their political implications ... A letter from Perth 

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    Know who your client is

    You are the lawyer ... Sydney property drama ... Solicitor who didn't realise party to the sale of a property was also his client ... Duty of care was owed ... Retainer ... NSW Court of Appeal lays down the law on requirement for lawyers to "step outside" a matrimonial dispute ... Gabrielle Hunter reports 

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    Melissa Davey

    Melissa Davey is the ace reporter from The Guardian who covered the Pell trial from beginning to end ... Compassionate, driven and intense ... Book under steam ... Journalism and the meaning of life ... Plenty of gluten for her last meal ... A questing spirit is On The Couch 

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    Dutton's dob-in law

    Peach Melba gets her head around the government's secrecy certificates ... Visa applicants not supposed to know what the government knows ... Procedural fairness ... Secret evidence ... Material and immaterial obligations to disclose ... Public interest ... AAT ... Groping for successful outcomes 

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