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DPP warns lawyers: stop bullying one another or else

DPP warns lawyers: stop bullying one another or else | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
The Director of Public Prosecutions has circulated a memo to all Crown prosecutors and solicitors warning them to stop bullying one another or face disciplinary action.
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No more 'JuLiar': PM's office 'demands respect'

No more 'JuLiar': PM's office 'demands respect' | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
AN OPPOSITION MP is calling for an end to the nasty name-calling and personal attacks on Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
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Should politics be about personal attacks or policy?

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Access to justice 'a constitutional right'

Access to justice 'a constitutional right' | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
THE new Chief Justice of the Federal Court, James Allsop, wants to make a point about the sharp increases in Federal Court fees.
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Keane sworn in as 50th High Court judge - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Keane sworn in as 50th High Court judge - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
Justice Patrick Keane has signed his oath of office to become Australia's 50th High Court Judge.
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Hike in fines to add to court strain

Hike in fines to add to court strain | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
Changes to traffic offences will place more strain on the courts and legal assistance services for Victoria's most disadvantaged people, which have already been stretched under the Baillieu government's law and order policies.
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Hikes in court fees endanger access to justice

Hikes in court fees endanger access to justice | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
THE federal government is about to face moves in the Senate for an inquiry into whether its fee increases for the federal courts will reduce access to justice.
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Law in Focus video: The Defects of Jury Trials

In this video – part of the Cambridge Law Faculty's Law in Focus series – Professor John Spencer discusses difficulties relating to the system of trial by jury and sugge...

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Great discussion of the jury system with reference to criminal cases and law reform in the UK.

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High Court back in business

High Court back in business | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
THE High Court will tackle one of the nation's longest-running legal sagas when it gets back to business on Tuesday.
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Thought-provoking year in High Court

Thought-provoking year in High Court | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
WHAT happens when the law has done something as unlovely as condone rape inside marriage? If you are a High Court judge, you can either rewrite the law and prosecute the offender or put it down to some Neanderthal thinking and move on.
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Two new laws will end court ambushes

Two new laws will end court ambushes | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
LAWYERS will be required to outline their entire case at the outset of criminal trials under radical changes to clear the backlog in NSW courts.

Via Mel Alexander
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Greens, Coalition to dominate court fee inquiry

Greens, Coalition to dominate court fee inquiry | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
AN informal alliance between the Greens and the Coalition is expected to result in another setback for the federal government over its decision to increase court fees by $76.9 million.
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Attorney-General ducks as pay-rise plan for judges fails supreme test

Attorney-General ducks as pay-rise plan for judges fails supreme test | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
THE modesty of the NSW government knows no bounds. It is about to make major changes affecting the state judiciary and for some reason it has become extremely reticent.
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While a judge's salary cannot be reduced while they hold office under s72 of the Australian Constitution - does limiting increases in judges salaries to 2.5%, like the rest of the public service in NSW, pose a challenge to the independence and quality of the judiciary in NSW?

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Room at the top as silks go to bench

Room at the top as silks go to bench | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
WHEN former High Court judge Michael McHugh was telling young barristers that they faced a much harder road to success, he would also assure them that there was always room at the top.
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Challenges for the Jury System and a Fair Trial in the Twenty-First Century - Peter Lowe

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Funding crisis affects right to fair trial

Funding crisis affects right to fair trial | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
THE right to a fair trial is something most people take for granted.
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Bullying judges breed stressful system: Kirby

Bullying judges breed stressful system: Kirby | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
Rudeness of judges trickles down to junior lawyers in a cycle of bullying, says Michael Kirby.
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Lawyers should pull up judges for being rude in court, for example by saying, ''Your honour might care to reconsider the way that matter was put last'

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Backlog of cases drops

Backlog of cases drops | Courts and Government in Australia | Scoop.it
COURTS are continuing to clear their backlogs of cases, with improvements in several states, according to the Productivity Commission, which released its report on government services yesterday.
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