I share this recent Australian case in the Federal Appeals Court to illustrate why certain principles of Australian law including protections like procedural fairness, natural justice & due process are so important.
Everyone in Australia is entitled to be heard, to a fair hearing & to a fair trial. … Read More ~ australian court: self representation, natural justice, due process, monty python’s “dead parrot” & ruth bader ginsburg ~
What about justice? Most Australians regard their country as fair & just when it comes to facing criminal charges. People assume that … Read More ~ is justice a public obligation? ~
Reading the 2015 work by humanist, philosopher & public advocate AC Grayling, specifically the chapter, ‘Unjust Justice’ in his book ’’THE CHALLENGE OF THINGS – Thinking Through Troubled Times’, I came across these words:… Read More ~ about judging others & human rights ~
The first rule in a criminal case, of course, is the presumption of innocence conferred upon all defendants. It does not reflect a naive belief that most or even many defendants are innocent, or a cavalier attitude toward crime. It reflects mistrust of the state. Requiring the state to prove guilt is… Read More “We Wont Take Your Word For It”
Today, Christmas Day, back in 1989, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed by firing squad. The deaths of the despised couple ended a quarter-century of iron-fisted rule that translated into oppression and misery for most Romanians. Image above According to Siani-Davies, the decision to put the couple on trial was… Read More Trial and Execution on Christmas Day: Law and Justice or Pure Vengeance?
It was the late 1970s. I was a law student at Adelaide University Law School & High Court Justice Lionel Murphy was ahead of his time. His passionate dissent in McInnis v R (1979), a High Court case about the right to a fair trial in Australia, remains imprinted in my mind. Justice Murphy upheld… Read More The Accused, The Rule of Law & Justice Lionel Murphy
What is this you ask? Plain old puppet theatre is what it is. Marionettes doing serious stuff. How tricky can that be? Review from Montreal Gazette Finally, just room to mention another representation of man’s inhumanity to man, again involving puppetry. Kafka’s Le procès (The Trial), as presented by Slovenia’s Théâtre de Marionnettes de Maribor, takes place inside… Read More Puppetry: ‘The Trial’ or The Woeful Story of Joseph K. or Man’s Inhumanity to Man by Marionettes