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4 Mar 2019
Vic Bar, royal commission respond to Lawyer X identity revelation
The conduct of Nicola Gobbo, who last Friday afternoon was revealed to be Lawyer X, was “egregious”, says the Victorian Bar, while the commissio...
High Court
1 Mar 2019
Lawyer X identity confirmed
The barrister at the centre of the Victorian Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants has been publicly identified, after orders made...
Elizabeth Espinosa
1 Mar 2019
New Local Courts in Northern Rivers, Hunter regions will ‘relieve pressure’
The appointment of new NSW Local Court Circuits in Grafton, in the Northern Rivers and Muswellbrook, in the Hunter region, will relieve pressure and a...
28 Feb 2019
Pell’s barrister offers apology for court comments
In a public statement, Robert Richter QC – who is representing Cardinal George Pell in criminal proceedings in Victorian County Court – apologised...
26 Feb 2019
4 appointed as judges to Federal Court
Four barristers have been elevated to the bench of the Federal Court of Australia. Write comment (0 Comments) ...
20 Feb 2019
Vic Bar declares stance on spent convictions legislation
The Victorian Bar has responded to recent parliamentary debate concerning the adoption of legislation around spent convictions in the state. ...
18 Feb 2019
Concerns remain with ‘disjointed, piecemeal’ court merger bills
In the wake of the release of recommendations about the proposed merger of the Federal Circuit and Family Courts from the Senate Legal and Constitutio...
14 Feb 2019
Trial judges should not voice opinions to juries on disputes of fact: High Court
Obiter dicta from the High Court of Australia yesterday made clear that trial judges should avoid commenting on or advising how disputed questions of ...
14 Feb 2019
NSW Bar shuts down ‘judicial overreach’ claims
The NSW Bar Association has expressed its concern around claims alleging judicial overreach in a recent NSW decision to disallow the development of a ...
12 Feb 2019
Silks embody ‘excellence in learning and moral leadership’
Speaking last week at the annual Silks and Bows dinner, High Court Justice James Edelman said that the appointment to the rank of Senior Counsel or Qu...
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