The last Part of Volume 87 of the Australian Law Journal publishes the following articles: “The courts and the parliament” – Chief Justice Robert French AC; “It tolls for thee: Accessorial liability after Bell v Westpac” – Hon T F Bathurst and Sienna Merope; “The status of law reports produced in England prior to 1865” – P W Young and A A Gomez; and “Proportionate liability in the High Court” – Leigh Warnick. Also included in this Part are the following sections: Current Issues; Conveyancing and Property; Recent Cases and Book Reviews.
The August 2013 issue of the Journal of Judicial Administration publishes four interesting articles. In the first article, Chief Justice French reflects on the task of defining courts and distinguishing them from other decision-making bodies. The second article, by Marilyn Krawitz, discusses issues regarding Australian judges’ use of social media. The third article comes from Lorana Bartels and Jessica Lee and considers the use of social media by jurors during the trial and deliberation processes. The final article, by Anthony Gray and Gerard Elmore, is a follow-up to an article originally published by the same authors in 2012 and looks at the constitutionality of minimum mandatory sentencing regimes. Not to be missed!
By the Hon Marilyn Warren AC. This article was originally presented by Chief Justice Warren at the Supreme and Federal Court Judges’ Conference in 2010. In it, her Honour advocates the pursuit of direct judicial involvement in alternative dispute resolution, but rejects the proposal that judges should act as mediators.
By Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack. Australians place a high value on the importance of courts, though public confidence in the courts and legal system is generally low. Very few Australians have any first-hand experience of their courts, suggesting that most of their information derives from print, electronic and other sources.