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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 ... 



"Parsnips, Buttered" ... relief at a time of despair

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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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    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 ... 




    Adelaide's QC rupture

    South Australian bar and CJ at loggerheads on new queenies ... Judges opposed to appointment of new QCs ... Adoption of the Victorian model ... Court likely not to participate in the selection process ... Unilateral government appointment of QCs ... "Political silks" 

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    Letter from Sal

    Hello Everyone ... Sal Vasta writes to the judges of the FCC ... Two Wigs Willy is back ... Sal steps down as acting chief judge ... Sense of duty and service ... Court in a sorry state, but don't despair ... Work ethic of the Full Family Court ... "Bombardment" of criticism, some of it gratuitous ... Darkest of times ... Sal slowing down 

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    AAT selections with Liberal gold star ratings

    Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ... System of preferment and patronage ... The Christian Porter's stack is the most audacious in living memory ... Merit missing in action ... Party hacks come home to roost ... Where's Tubby Callinan's report? ... Janek Drevikovsky goes through the list, name by name 

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    Sal sitting on the sorry stool

    Senior judges concerned over suggestion that Judge Vasta of the Circuit Court would be promoted to sit in the Family Court ... Concerns may have prompted early circulation of appeal judgments all highly critical of Vasta's judgments ... To cap it off, Sal is now a defendant in a Queensland defamation case 

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    Wrestling with the rudeness rule

    The long-running rude letters case ... Calling another solicitor "fundamentally dishonest" ... Is this a breach of professional standards? ... Has the exquisite finery of the legal profession been sullied? ... Judges are having trouble making up their minds ... Is the rule against rudeness a threat to free speech? ... Everyone hoped Yarraside appeals had the last word ... Now a special leave application looms ... Janek Drevikovsky follows the long and winding trail 

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    Too much mush

    James Baldwin doused in a layer of syrup ... US justice ... Where's Atticus Finch when you need him? ... Black lives, white injustice ... Love, politics and melodrama ... Miss Lumière reviews If Beale Street Could Talk  

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    Salutary lesson

    UPDATE ... Porter wants Vasta for the Family Court ... Standby as more critical judgments about Sal are in the appeal pipeline ... Two-Wigs' special envoy for case management has trouble managing his own cases ... Not only Stradford & Stradford, now there's Navarro & Navarro ... The terrible legacy of Soapy Brandis 

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    Strange sightings

    Ghostly apparition of shuffled off chief justice ... Federal Court vacancy in Perth ... NT's family friendly ICAC ... "The troubles" are over for former Clutz warrior ... Election deadline for appointments ... Lawyer sacked over boozy partner allegations ... Theodora reports 

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    Another dismissal

    Full Federal Court ... Maddening majority thinking in the Palace Letters appeal ... Kerr's billet-doux to the Queen about sacking the Whitlam government ... Correspondence deemed to be "private" and none of your business ... Archives Act ... Procrustes deconstructs the Full Fed's flaws 

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