Independent Bar an endangered species?

A significant debate seems to be occurring in the UK at the moment, though from 12,000 miles away it's hard to quite know what it's all really about or how it might finish, and whether it might have any effect here in Australia.But, if the concerns are legitimate — and there are enough informed participants …

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Family Violence Safety Notices extended

Some of the provisions of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Matters) Act 2012 we blogged about here came in today. These include the amendments that extend the scope of mandatory counselling orders, and increase the potential duration of an FVSN.The part of section 31 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 that …

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Dupas v The Queen [2012] VSCA 328: trial judges do not have to assume the evidence presented to them is correct when assessing its probative value

In Dupas v The Queen [2012] VSCA 328 the Victorian Court of Appeal, sitting as a bank of five judges, declined to follow the precedent of R v Shamouil (2006) 66 NSWLR 228, a decision of the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. In Shamouil, a mid-trial Crown appeal on the exclusion of key prosecution evidence, …

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Anti-corruption bodies set to start 1 Jan 2013?

I mentioned back in October that Brendan Murphy QC was appointed as the newly-created public interest monitor.Last week the Victorian government appointed the head of its new IBAC, Stephen O'Bryan SC, and the Victorian Inspector, Robin Brett QC, who will oversee the IBAC.One recent opinion article in The Age cast doubt on the likely effectiveness …

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Reserve judgment

The Courts Legislation Amendment (Reserve Judicial Officers) Bill 2012 will abolish the offices of acting judges and acting magistrates and create the offices of reserve judge and reserve magistrate. The bill was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday.The Introductory Print is here and the Explanatory Memorandum here.On my reading of it, these reforms are unlikely to …

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