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Latest Courts updates

29 Nov 2022

Latest Courts updates

Updates for the ACT legal profession on recent court notices and cases.

When rights collide: Does a witness intermediary unfairly disadvantage an accused?

27 Jun 2022

When rights collide: Does a witness intermediary unfairly disadvantage an accused?

The recent judgment in R v QX (No 2) marked the first reported challenge to the ACT Intermediary Program since its launch. Kevin Campbell outlines the influence of human rights arguments in the dismissal of this challenge, and the broader implications for the protection of the human rights of victims. From the Winter 2022 edition of Ethos.

'Post-Pell' Intermediate appellate courts in evidence evaluation in the digital age

27 Jun 2022

'Post-Pell' Intermediate appellate courts in evidence evaluation in the digital age

Can twelve heads judge facts better than one? The Hon Helen Murrell SC, former Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, explores this question in the 36th Annual Sir Richard Blackburn Lecture, "Post-Pell: Intermediate appellate courts in evidence evaluation in the digital age". From the Winter 2022 edition of Ethos.

The Palladium in the Pandemic: The restriction of jury trials in the ACT

11 Apr 2022

The Palladium in the Pandemic: The restriction of jury trials in the ACT

The right to be tried before a jury has been described as a ‘palladium of liberty’. But what happens when this hallowed right clashes with public health? This question was posed to the ACT Court of Appeal in Vunilagi v The Queen, and law student Kevin Tanaya examines the case in depth. From the Autumn 2022 edition of Ethos.

New ACT Special Magistrates welcomed

1 Apr 2022

New ACT Special Magistrates welcomed

The Law Society has offered a warm welcome to the ACT’s newly-appointed Special Magistrates.

ACT legal profession welcomes new Supreme Court judges

11 Mar 2022

ACT legal profession welcomes new Supreme Court judges

The ACT Law Society extends its congratulations and welcomes the announcement of the appointment of two new resident judges for the ACT, Geoffrey Kennett and Belinda Baker.

ACT profession welcomes new Magistrates

25 Feb 2022

ACT profession welcomes new Magistrates

The Law Society offered a warm welcome to the ACT’s newest Magistrate, and congratulations to the two current Magistrates on their newly expanded roles.

Law Society welcomes local appointment to Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

13 Dec 2021

Law Society welcomes local appointment to Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

The ACT Law Society congratulates local solicitor Gavin Mansfield on his appointment to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

ACT legal profession welcomes new Chief Justice

23 Nov 2021

ACT legal profession welcomes new Chief Justice

The Society offered a warm welcome to Justice Lucy McCallum, who has been announced as the new Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court.

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