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Leading commercial silk appointed to NSW appeals court
Courts 2023-05-11 3:36 pm By Sam Matthews

A silk who represented mining giant Wright Prospecting in long-running litigation over the Hope Downs mine has been appointed to the bench of the NSW […]

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Federal Court’s new top judge to bring ‘swashbuckling to judging’
Courts 2023-04-19 10:06 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The Federal Court’s new Chief Justice Debra Mortimer will bring a sense of adventure to her role as top judge, which she foreshadowed will be […]

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Lawyers celebrate ‘pragmatic’ new Chief Justice with ‘big heart’
Courts 2023-03-31 10:13 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The legal industry has praised the historic appointment of Debra Mortimer as the first female Chief Justice of the Federal Court, noting her modern approach […]

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Debra Mortimer appointed first female Chief Justice of the Federal Court
Courts 2023-03-31 1:34 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Justice Debra Mortimer will become the first female Chief Justice of the Federal Court, with the attorney-general praising the judge for her widely recognised legal […]

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Under model for Human Rights Act, complainants would get their day in court
Policy and Regulation 2023-03-08 11:30 pm By Christine Caulfield

A federal Human Rights Act would allow complainants to take their cases to federal court if conciliation failed to resolve their claims, under a proposed […]

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Why we should all be worried about the court’s new media access rules
Courts 2023-02-20 11:11 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Federal Court has dialled back a controversial rule change restricting public access to new cases, but the latest procedure is a laughable attempt to […]

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Magistrate’s refusal to allow note-taking in courtroom showed possible bias, judge finds
Courts 2023-02-15 1:46 am By Sam Matthews

A local court magistrate showed apprehended bias by not allowing a self-represented plaintiff to take notes during cross-examination, a judge has found. In a decision  […]

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Amid push for reforms, judges refuse to recuse themselves time and again
Courts 2023-01-18 4:09 pm By Sam Matthews

Requests by litigants for judges to disqualify themselves from presiding over cases were largely denied last year, in a raft of decisions containing lessons for […]

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Judicial commission would be ‘protective, not disciplinary’, government says
Courts 2023-01-17 2:49 pm By Sam Matthews

The Albanese government is inviting submissions on a federal judicial commission tasked with dealing with alleged misconduct and incompetence by judges, saying the commission will […]

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Settlement reached in associates’ sexual harassment case against judge
Employment 2022-12-19 11:33 pm By Christine Caulfield

Multi-million dollar claims of sexual harassment by two associates of a former Victoria Supreme Court judge have been settled by the state out of court. […]

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