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Lifetime tenure has pushed the average age of judicial nominees down as presidents appoint younger justices in hopes they will serve for many decades. Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Should the Supreme Court have term limits?

Unlike in most countries, US Supreme Court justices enjoy life tenure. Some legal scholars believe that centuries-old custom, meant to protect judicial independence, no longer serves the public.
The Australian Law Reform Commission handed down it’s report on changes to the family law system on April 10. Shutterstock

New report charts future of the family law system

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.
How much judges are paid is a thorny issue for governments. It shouldn’t be. Rawpixel/Unsplash

Why politics shouldn’t influence how much we pay judges

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.
Domestic killings have long been treated as somehow less serious than when random strangers are killed. Shutterstock

Man who burnt his wife alive gets at least 27 years’ jail, but not life – as victim was no stranger

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.
Prosecution rates of sexual assault cases remain low, with fewer than 50% of cases brought to court in NSW resulting in conviction. Shutterstock

New laws help juries understand why victims of sexual violence struggle to recall their assaults

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.

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