Chief Justice Robert French
The presumption of innocence is as old as law itself. When Lord Blackstone postulated that it is “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”, his Lordship was drawing on a long and distinguished line of legal jurisprudence including Genesis, the Code of Hammurabi and the Codex Justinianus. To protect against wrongful convictions, the criminal ...more
The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal contains “Current Issues” by the new General Editor, the Hon Justice François Kunc. It contains the following articles: “The Australian Law Journal: Volume 90 and Beyond” – Justice François Kunc; “The State of the Australian Judicature” – Chief Justice Robert French AC; “Contours and Prospects for Indigenous Recognition in the Australian Constitution and Why it Matters” – Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO; “The Future of Lawyers: Blue Sky or Dark Clouds Ahead?” – Fiona McLeod SC; “Change Drivers and their Likely Effects: Shifting Sands Beneath Australian Solicitors” – S Stuart Clark AM, Robert Leeder and Nicholas McBride; “The Evolving Role and Future of In-house Lawyers” – Gillian Wong and Emma Langoulant; “The Changing Environment in the Legal Profession and Legal Education: The Best of the Old World and the New” – Carolyn Evans; and “The Law and the Legal Profession in the Next Decade: The Student’s Perspective” – Paul Melican, Alex Bell-Rowe, Albert Patajo and Hannah McDonald. This Part also includes the following sections: Conveyancing and Property; Crime and Evidence; Around the Nation: Victoria; Competition and Consumer Law; Around the Nation: Northern Territory; Recent Cases, Books Received and a Book Review.
The November 2011 issue of the Australian Law Journal contains the usual mix of interesting articles and sections on a variety of topics. There are articles on constitutional history in the Northern Territory, the relationship between truth and the adversarial system and the concepts of “rarity” and “restraint” in Crown sentencing appeals. There are also several section notes covering such diverse topics as judges and the “social media”, severance of joint tenancy, a proposed Financial Dispute Resolution Centre in Hong Kong, unlawfully obtained evidence overseas, propensity evidence and much more.
The March 2011 issue of The Australian Law Journal contains a range of section notes on topics such as Aboriginal sentencing, contempt of court issues, easements, Kosovo’s declaration of independence, and the negligence of solicitors in preparing wills. It also features an articles from Chief Justice Robert French on comparative legal systems, and articles on family law and compulsory acquisition.