Facial expressions and gestures can impact the outcome of a trial that depends on the credibility of witnesses.
The Australian Law Reform Commission's report makes a radical new suggestion that federal family courts be abolished. It also recommends changes to laws concerning parenting and property division.
New laws were supposed to protect people from living in unsafe conditions – but in the eyes of a judge, property guardians might not even count as 'tenants'.
Secure and appropriate compensation for judges is a constitutionally recognized component of judicial independence. Here's why politics must not be allowed to interfere with it.
The Crown said this case was an example of the worst type of murder, but the judge disagreed, arguing the killer, when freed, would be less of a threat to the wider community than some other killers.
New research found a disparity between the sentences women and men are given for offence when alcohol is an aggravating factor.
The now-confirmed supreme court judge repeatedly lost his cool during his recent appearance in the senate. Is that what we need from lawmakers?
The change in law is part of broader reforms that came out of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in both NSW and Victoria.
With it's latest reforms, Poland's leading Law and Justice party is hindering any progress towards a viable judiciary.
Nigeria is failing to prosecute banking executives charged with fraud due to deep weaknesses in the system.
Appointing judges to lifetime terms can be among a president’s longest lasting legacies. The overwhelming majority of Trump’s nominees are conservative, white and male.
The proposed merger of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court is intended to address delays and inefficiencies in the system. Experts question, however, how effective the reforms will be.
There are still far too few female, black, Asian and minority ethnic judges.
Inconsistencies in how judges handle appeal cases and different levels of legal provision around the country can leave asylum seekers facing a lottery.
A study of 100,000 convicted felons shows why rethinking parole may be the key to reversing mass incarceration.
The Supreme Court may soon hear a case on data-driven criminal sentencing. Research suggests that algorithms are not as good as we think they are at making these decisions.
A man was recently sent to prison for six years at least in part by the recommendation of a private company’s secret proprietary software.
We live in a probabilistic world. The courts need to catch up – and start training juries in statistics.
If even top judges can get it wrong when it comes to domestic abuse then perhaps it's time we all tried to better understand the nature of coercive and controlling behaviour.
At least half of the UK's Supreme Court will retire in the next two years, presenting a prime opportunity for a more representative judiciary.