Charge Book becoming essential reading

The VLRC's report on jury directions came out in June and suggested a number of different reforms. One of the proposals was more frequent reference by judges to the Judicial College's Charge Book.In R v Said [2009] VSCA 244 the Court of Appeal delivered its strongest encouragement yet for increased use of the Charge Book. …

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Award for Mallard Inquiry lawyer and journalist

Lawyers Weekly reported today that lawyer John Quigley and journalist Colleen Egan received Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Award for 2009, for their work contributing to Andrew Mallard's release.His case is a strong example of the need for an independent judiciary, legal profession and critical media.Mr Mallard appealed to the High Court against his conviction …

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