All criminal matters start in the local court. The more serious ones work their way up to the higher courts for sentence or trial.
The High Court found the NSW laws were not unconstitutional – but there is still much room for reform.
With the retirement of Chief Justice Susan Kiefel and Justice Patrick Keane in the next parliamentary term, there is an opportunity to make the High Court more diverse.
Confusing court findings have left the rules in party pre-selections in a mess, and members with little say in who contests individual seats.
Scott Morrison has won, in a Friday decision by the High Court, his long running battle over NSW Liberal party preselections, clearing the way for him to call the election.
The High Court has thwarted a potential defence for the NT constable accused of shooting and killing Kumunjayi Walker in 2019 – that he was acting in ‘good faith’ as an officer at the time.
It is not acceptable for the law to disregard, or further constrain, the reality of First Nations’ prior possession of this country.
The court found the university was unjustified in censuring the academic for initial conduct that was protected as an exercise in intellectual freedom. But his response to disciplinary action wasn’t.
The court said WA’s new law to prevent Palmer from collecting damages against the state was not unconstitutional. Here’s why.
Boats and companies have been treated as legal persons in the past. Why not an alpaca?
Advocacy groups play a crucial and neglected role in revealing systemic animal mistreatment. We need to make their actions unnecessary by with better transparency in the industries.
The appointment of judges has hitherto been an obscure and oftentimes clandestine affair. This has produced incompetent judges and led to claims that the judiciary is beholden to the executive.
Palmer has lost his challenge to the closure of the Western Australian border in response to COVID-19. But it still remains unclear whether the border closure was and remains valid.
The ins and outs of a fiercely contested defamation case.
The Morrison government has announced Jacqueline Gleeson and Simon Steward will sit on the High Court bench.
While our judges may prefer their anonymity, the process for choosing who sits on the highest court must be more transparent. Our system is beginning to look outdated.
Hotelier Julian Gerner’s challenge to the lockdown depends on whether ‘freedom of movement’ is an implied right in the Constitution. The High Court has never seen it that way.
The legislation designed to stop Palmer claiming huge damages against WA raises a host of questions.
It would be extremely controversial for the High Court to invalidate border closures imposed by a state government if there’s a reasonable health justification for the measure.
There is a vacuum within the legal profession that allows sexist, racist and other troubling conduct to go unaddressed. This must change.