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Court in the Act Articles from 2003
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Court in the Act    December 8, 2003  
High Court Cake

A lovely ruse: Nicely framed, but bogus, letter from High Court architects threatening copyright proceedings over cake modelled on the court’s design. However, what is perfectly genuine is Smiler Gleeson’s moving reply … more

Court in the Act    December 5, 2003  
Cowdery, Ming, Chung

After an eight year squabble the Court of Appeal says DPP Cowdery did not give dud advice to the Attorney General … Victorian appeal court birches County Court judge (now fortunately retired) ... Robert Somosi bobs up in badly pleaded defamation case … more

Court in the Act    November 18, 2003  
The technicality that sprung Pauline from the nick

Forget the dishonest intent, see how the lunge for contract law saved Pauline … more

Court in the Act    November 11, 2003  
Hatred, Ridicule & Contempt

“Madge” Marsden rides to the rescue of leader of the Zimbabwe opposition … Brisbane barrister’s imputations burned to a crisp … Gadens’ former senior partner sues The Sun-Herald … more

Court in the Act    November 6, 2003  
Plea to Health Minister Abbott from medical negligence lawyer - Save the lawyers ... not the doctors

Medical negligence lawyer’s plea to Health Minister Abbott to head off marauding medicos’ push for further and better tort reform. Litigation is not out of control … more

Court in the Act    October 6, 2003  
Melbourne silk faces costs slug-out from extravagant and flawed litigation

Litigation funder may seek costs contribution from Doug Meagher QC in the wake of “reckless” litigation. Barristers’ insurance premiums under fresh pressure … more

Court in the Act    May 15, 2003  
The case of the (nearly) severed finger ...

Court in the Act. Horrible lawyer stories: The case of the (nearly) severed finger. ... more

Court in the Act    May 15, 2003  
The luck of the Irish

Court in the Act. Horrible lawyer stories: The case of the feuding partners. ... more

Court in the Act    April 11, 2003  
Tubby's in the firing line

The High Court is a real wheeze these days. The bon mots are flying thick and fast from those droll wags. Well, there were two in two days … more

Court in the Act    March 26, 2003  
Mistakes, bias and plagiarism. Another awful assault on Howard Nathan

Another instance where the nitpickers on the Victorian Court of Appeal are being mean to Howard Nathan. It is said that in one judgment he made 50 mistakes of fact, plucked figures from the air, was biased and plagiarised the plaintiff’s submissions … more

Court in the Act    January 28, 2003  
The basic freedom to fornicate

Vic Court of Appeal incandescent at Justice Nathan’s louche views on huntin’, shootin’, ‘n’ fishin’ ... more

Court in the Act    January 27, 2003  
Vic Bar & Grill caught with LIV in disciplinary snafu. What next?

The Law Institute of Victoria kicks off to a nervy new year, what with the Court of Appeal’s nickpicking finding that disciplinary processes are mired in illegality. The Bar & Grill is also caught in the mess. The High Court and the Bracks’ regime are being asked to fix it … more