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Judicial speedster ... Full Federal Court bounces another decision from Sandy Street in the Federal Circuit Court ... Conduct of the hearing "fell short of what was desirable" ... Inadequate reasons in another review heard by Street required the full court to rehear the application ... Read more ... 

Justinian Columnists

Two Aunties ... The long history of ABC dramas and threats to the public broadcaster's independence ... Churchill led the way with attacks on the Beeb ... Litigation that reinforced independence ... The buffeting will never stop ... Procrustes tunes in ... Read more ... 



Justinian's Bloggers

When only the victim speaks the truth ... Book review ... A story of childhood sexual assault ... Where the complainant is distressed that the accused's evidence questioned her version of events ... Joanna Jenkins defends natural justice in the face of a victim's anger ... Sentencing juvenile offenders ... Read more ... 

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    "It appears that, of the very large number of motions on which my office's views are routinely sought, this one was not escalated to me because it was interpreted in my office as a motion opposing racism. The associations of the language were not picked up. Had it been raised directly with me those issues would have been identified."  

    Attorney General Christian Porter after tweeting that the Senate motion, "It's OK to be white", confirms that the "government deplores racism". October 16, 2018 ... Read more flatulence ... 

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    Justinian Featurettes

    The Chaser's Julian Morrow gets serious on Justinian's Couch ... An escapee from the law who came into our lives as a comedian and satirist ... The joys of employment law could not hold him ... Now the master of ceremonies at Continuing Professional Development Under the Influence ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Capital offences ... Fabulous Phil Ruddock works his magic on the family law amendments ... The next Lord Haw Haw is probably lurking in the ranks of the press gallery ... Bunter Downer lays the ground for a few more executions of Australians by our friendly neighbours ... Polly Peck reports ... From Justinian's archive, December 12, 2005 ... Read more ... 



    Another birching for Sandy Street

    Federal Circuit Court judge's failure to observe procedural fairness ... Departure from binding authority ... Arguments not properly grasped ... Failure to read tendered document ... Emily Meller reports 

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    Kicking around the Calvos

    Conduct of colourful Sydney solicitor described by Justice Bergin as "quite disgraceful" ... Lawyer's evidence "unsatisfactory" ... Behaviour would cause a reasonable observer to "lose confidence in the integrity of the legal profession" ... "Breathtaking" grasp for shares in clients' company ... Kate Lilly on the case 

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    Border Force on parade

    Blunders ahead as Australian Border Force gets to grips with "reasonable suspicion" ... Australia's refugee intake - much more woeful than the PM would have us believe ... Richard Flanagan wide of the mark on Border Force powers ... Government by smoke and mirrors ... Procrustes on the beat 

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    The fine print

    Costly business ... In and out of time ... Just and fair ... Better late than never ... Clients drag itemised bills out of personal injury law shop ... Opaqueness of billing ... Precious details in small print ... Delay in seeking cost assessments not fatal ... Peter Garling to the rescue ... Kate Lilly on the case 

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    Mrs Turnbull's gift

    When our newest Federal Court judge had her reputation vindicated with a healthy award of damages ... Clutz wrestling former partner Chris Dale every step of the way ... AFP's new deputy commissioner for capability 

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    American after-glow

    Connecticut's Supreme Court kills the death penalty ... Locating the new Guantánamo ... Extrajudicial abduction ... Psychologists withdraw from the chamber of horrors ... John Robert CJ's abiding fear of the right to vote ... Roger Fitch, Our Man in Washington 

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    Royal Commission pain

    The Heydon inquiry into trade unions is just one of a number of royal commissions to get into political trouble - including Petrov and the political bribery scandal in Tasmania ... Shortcomings with Dyse's Luddite defence ... Why backout from the Barwick lecture if there was no resulting reasonable apprehension of bias? 

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    Heydon and his debacle 

    Like Earl Warren, Dyson Heydon will come to regret accepting a government commission ... Sufficient evidence to support a legal finding of apprehended bias ... Sydney lawyer Graham Hryce teases out Heydon's curious reasoning 

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    Fresh contenders for silk

    Here's the 2015 list of the NSW bar n' grill's applicants for senior counsel ... 113 seeking recognition ... Only a small contingent of women with their hands up ... Here we go, again 

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