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Politicians as Judges

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BY DOUGLAS MCDONALD-NORMAN

Judicial appointments of serving or former politicians were once commonplace in Australia. Thirteen members of state, federal or colonial Parliaments have been appointed to the High Court of Australia. However, the last former parliamentarian on the High … Read the rest

Social media and the courts

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Social media is pervasive in many sectors of Australian society. However, Australia’s courts are generally taking a cautious approach to using this technology to enhance and complement their processes. Where courts have used social … Read the rest

Judicial gender diversity in Australia – can we talk about quotas?

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BY ANDREW LYNCH

There is a distinct irony that while the current Commonwealth Attorney-General has unapologetically reclaimed complete executive discretion over federal judicial appointments, the Premier of Victoria has announced that his government will meet a 50 per cent quota … Read the rest

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