Farewell Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy KC signed the Bar Roll in 1971, and took silk in 1999. Many police, prosecutors, and judicial officers will know him, or at least know of his fearsome reputation, from the 51 years that followed his signing the Bar Roll. I'm one of those who knew him and his reputation. I believe I'm …

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‘Good morning’, or no ‘good morning’?

I was spectating in court late last year when practitioners at both ends of the bar table copped it from the bench for having the temerity to say 'good morning' when making their appearances. His Honour did not immediately reply to the greetings of both counsel. After a prolonged silence, the magistrate stared directly ahead …

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'Good morning', or no 'good morning'?

I was spectating in court late last year when practitioners at both ends of the bar table copped it from the bench for having the temerity to say 'good morning' when making their appearances. His Honour did not immediately reply to the greetings of both counsel. After a prolonged silence, the magistrate stared directly ahead …

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A call to arms

I'm on my way home from the Law Institute of Victoria meeting discussed here on Thursday. Properly described, it was an Extraordinary Meeting of the LIV's Criminal Law Section.Lawyers came from far and wide to express their concerns. The meeting tonight was Standing Room Only. Many asserted their staunchly-held belief VLA is moving in the …

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