Susan Kiefel: from Legal Secretary to Chief Justice of the High Court

New Magistrates Join the NSW Local Court

One Nation Senator Defiant in the High Court

Deaf Woman’s Fight to be a Juror

Susan Kiefel: from Legal Secretary to Chief Justice of the High Court

By Sydney Criminal Lawyers - Published 01/12/2016

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Susan Kiefel QC AC, aged 62, will officially take up her appointment as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia next January. Justice Kiefel is the first female to be appointed to the position. But she is no stranger to ‘firsts’- in 1987, she was the first… 

New Magistrates Join the NSW Local Court

By Sydney Criminal Lawyers - Published 26/11/2016

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The New South Wales local court has appointed 11 new magistrates – the largest appointment in several years. Attorney General Gabrielle Upton says the addition is an important step forward in achieving gender equality across the legal profession, as six of the new magistrates are women. Closing the gender… 

One Nation Senator Defiant in the High Court

By Zeb Holmes - Published 24/11/2016

One Nation senator Rod Culleton was defiant when he recently chose to represent himself in the High Court of Australia. Mr Culleton is reported to have used his court appearance to air “all the grievances” he had with the federal government. In a sign of things to come, Culleton said he refused legal aid on… 

Deaf Woman’s Fight to be a Juror

By Sydney Criminal Lawyers - Published 14/11/2016

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Section 80 of the Australian Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by jury for those who are tried on indictment for criminal charges; in other words, who are dealt with in the higher courts such as the District or Supreme Court. However, there is no express right to…