The three great principles of law, justice & mercy not only undergird the practice of criminal law, they guide my daily life & living.
These days, & quite often, I find myself thinking about their impact on the lives of those around me & around the world.… Read More ~ law justice and mercy: the difference? ~
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? ~
“These memoirs have not been written to eulogise the law or lawyers, judges or the legal system itself but to publish the reality of it. They recall actual cases, the different legal personalities involved in them, the difficulties and dissatisfactions of practicing the law and of triumphs and failures. To any person who may… Read More Memoirs of a Barrister in South Australia
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?
Love reading on a broad range of topics but especially the humanities, history, law and justice and ethics and morality. Not long ago I read one of Dworkin’s best books, Justice for Hedgehogs, a book about society as a place of rules and morals. It’s real message is that moral principle is the foundation of… Read More Bookstop “Without Dignity our Lives are only Blinks of Duration”
Update on this post of 3 February 2017 “May God have mercy on your soul” A criminal courtroom in the late 19th century. Um, still working on the mock trial dialogue. Legal fashion in Australia, especially the ‘powdered’ wig bit, was always a topic of curiousity when talking to my American attorney friends. They couldn’t… Read More ~ “may God have mercy on your soul” a criminal courtroom in late 19th century Australia (2) ~