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Multi-pronged admission applications ... Federal copper who stalked his former girlfriend meets himself coming around corners ... Various irreconcilable explanations in his applications for admission as a legal practitioner ... ACT one day, Queensland the next ... Read more ... 


Justinian's Bloggers

A pop star comes to campus ... Letter from Cambridge ... Rihanna does not sing ... Just a short talk to celebrate her award as Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year ... Rock star professors are pale in comparison ... Hannah Ryan reports, with a bad dose of hero worship ... Read more ... 

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    "I think political correctness has become a problem in Western societies, we've become far too apologetic about our Western identity and anything that's some kind of defence of cultural traditionalism or national identity is in many ways frowned on." 

    Former Prime Minister John Howard making the case on behalf of his inner bigot, speaking at a CEDA lunch, March 3, 2017 ... Read more ... 

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    Justinian Featurettes

    Bill Hosking ... Public defender, judge and author Bill Hosking QC is on the couch, clutching his new book Justice Denied ... Crime and injustice is the theme ... Heroic trials recalled and brought back to life ... Some bad cops have their moment in the spotlight ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Forget Senior Counsel, let's try "Super Lawyer" ... New Jersey tried to stamp-out out "self-aggrandising" titles such as "Super Lawyer". Actually the "Super Lawyer" selection process was superior to those that are used here to appoint new Senior Counsell ... Read more ... 



    Unreasonable suspicion

    Public servants exercising "reasonable suspicion" ... The might of the state can, at the drop of a Z-Grade clerk's pen, reduce a human being to a "thing" ... The extraordinary case of Livinus Okwume ... Procrustes laments the strangulation of personal liberty by executive decree 

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    HMAS Melbourne litigation settled

    End to long tussle over trust money held for victims of HMAS Melbourne-Voyager disaster ... Former solicitor for injured claimants coughs-up funds for the receivers ... Agrees not to reapply for admission ... Apologies and regrets 

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    President Trump and the criminal justice reform movement

    At the end of the Obama administration the era of mass incarceration looked as though it might be over ... Now for Trump, a "lock 'em up" sort of guy ... Incarcerating more people than necessary ... Stock price rally for private prison operators ... Hope for bipartisan coalition rests at the state level ... From Hannah Ryan in the US of A 

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    Trump's posse of plutocrats

    Trump's cabinet of business oligarchs ... Conflicts with the whiff of corruption ... Climate deniers and fossil fanatics firmly in control at the Department of Energy and the EPA ... State department becomes a branch of ExxonMobil ... From Our Man in Washington, Roger Fitch 

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    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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    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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    How to win clients and lose friends

    Court told of "rogue" barrister plying for trade on the Gold Coast ... Local solicitors unhappy with online marketing claims ... Former client says he was poorly advised ... Barrister looking like a law firm ... Reference to Legal Services Commission ... Andrew Bell reports 

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    The natives are restless

    Tuvaluans protesting against their Australian chief justice ... Demonstrations and petitions seeking the removal of Charles Sweeney QC ... Judge rules on contentious political issue ... Locals inflamed ... Inspiration for supporters of Senator Culleton ... From our man in Tuvalu 

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    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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