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Court in the Act Articles from 2010
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Court in the Act    July 21, 2010  
Who's laughing now?

Kookaburras and copyright … Media neglects critical points in reporting damages decision in Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree v Down Under ... Larrikin’s claim “excessive, overreaching and unrealistic” ... Kookaburras are greedy creatures … Leanne O’Donnell reports ... more

Court in the Act    May 19, 2010  
Hungry to sell

Cross examination … Marvel at how Peter Blunden handles tight corners in Guthrie v News Ltd ... Norman O’Bryan on a roll … Tabloid temperaments flare … Tom Westbrook wades through the transcript ... more

Court in the Act    May 19, 2010  
Hungry to sell - part 2

Peter Blunden works behind Bruce Guthrie’s back to have him sacked as editor of the Herald Sun ... Whether putting news about Collingwood FC on page one sells more papers … Justice Kaye’s observations about Blunden … More from the trial transcript of Guthrie v News Ltd ... more

Court in the Act    April 16, 2010  
Aeons for Aon

Five years of preliminary skirmishing … The Australian National University’s battle with Aon Risk Services is still moving at a snail’s pace through the ACT Supremes, despite a blustery warning from the High Court eight months ago about “torpid languor” ... Samantha Bowers reports ... more

Court in the Act    March 29, 2010  
From the transcripts

Judges’ associate Ginger Snatch trawls through transcripts of recent cases and judgments to harvest some moist snippets from the engine room of justice (tempered with mercy) ... more

Court in the Act    March 9, 2010  
Cha Cha Cha

Defamatorium … The mother of all hellish defamation cases … Years in the making … Endless drama … Barristers birched for lack of computer skills … Samantha Bowers reports ... more

Court in the Act    February 22, 2010  
Forensic follies

Western Australia maintains its reputation for cocked-up prosecutions … The DPP defiant in the face of glaring oversights and errors … Flawed forensic approach not addressed … Tom Westbrook reports on the case of Patrick Waring ... more

Court in the Act    February 12, 2010  

Judicial tolerance on display as Supreme Court explores the nickname “Ankles” ... Ray Chesterton v 2UE ... Old rugby league reporter savaged by John Laws … When friends fall out ... more

Court in the Act    January 21, 2010  
Butt out

Batty Tobacco thinks that a judge’s criticism of the “document retention” policy smacks of apprehended bias … Appeal judges divided on the thought process of the difficult to locate “fair minded lay observer” ... more

Court in the Act    January 15, 2010  

December saw some high profile defamation cases going the way of media defendants … There was a verdict for The Sydney Morning Herald in the Roco Roco restaurant review case … The same day The Australian won the war crimes case brought by Serbian paramilitary commander Captain Dragan … However, there was one case that month in which the media’s truth defence failed in the face of compelling cross-examination … Transcript

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