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 Our system is beginning to look outdated.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.
An investigation commissioned by the High Court has found former judge Dyson Heydon sexually harassed six young female associates who worked for him when he was on the court.
The fate of a Queensland mine extension could be sealed today with a ruling on the ongoing case by Australia’s highest court.
However, the win does not necessarily mean the public will have access to the letters - much now rests on what the National Archives does next.
The court’s decision reflects serious weaknesses in how warrants are issued and underscores the need for urgent reform.
The appeal may lead to a loss of public confidence in the jury system, but that’s how the justice process works.