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Court in the Act Articles from 2005
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Court in the Act    November 10, 2005  
Fresh blood and living instruments

Susan Crennan’s swearing in as a judge of the High Court reflected the sobriety of the times. There were precious few sparkling moments, according to judges’ associate Miss Ginger Snatch

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Court in the Act    October 13, 2005  
A study in contrasts

Harriet Miers and Susan Crennan – both nominated to go to their countries’ highest courts and both reliably conservative. At least Little Johnnie doesn’t have to get out and “sell” Crennan’s credentials, whereas Dubya’s up to his armpits in a “Harry” Miers’ marketing blitz ... more

Court in the Act    May 13, 2005  
Was Hunt's demolition of Dowd unfair?

David Hunt, doing a stint on the NSW appeal court, tore strips off poor John Dowd for being a bit slow and muddled in a recent judgment. But really and truly, was the delay so “inordinate” as to constitute “operative” delay and a retrial? ... more

Court in the Act    April 21, 2005  
"Appalled, ashamed and utterly bewildered ..."

Barristers shouldn’t be too precious about appearing before judges who have ticked them off in earlier cases. Apprehended bias is simply not an issue because judges possess fabulously impartial minds ... more

Court in the Act    April 20, 2005  
A long way from high noon

The massive litigation unleased by Taswegian logger n’ chipper, Gunns Ltd, is going to chew up more time and resources than it is likely the directors contemplated. It will be about a year before the case is actually ready for trial. Then it will rumble on for who knows how long. ... more

Court in the Act    March 7, 2005  
No explanation from Allens "top analytical mind" in wonky privilege claim

Federal Court cross about Dirty Digger’s “substantially excessive” claim of privilege for documents in big Channel Seven trade practices case. Allens’ “top analytical mind” nowhere to be heard. ... more

Court in the Act    March 2, 2005  
Bent copper's case dead in the water

“Sir” Terence Lewis’ attack on his old legal team tossed out. Bent Queensland police chief loses action against his solicitors. ... more

Court in the Act    March 2, 2005  
Who said there's no $ in legal aid?

Please explain! Melbourne solicitors excluded from legal aid panel have to be given reasons for such awful rejection. Who said there’s no money in legal aid? ... more

Court in the Act    January 31, 2005  
Court productivity - take your pick

Court administrators have been on the edge of their seats waiting for the latest brickbats from the Productivity Commission. Yet few can make sense of the findings, least of all the newspapers. ... more