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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 81, Number 1, January 2007
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  • CURRENT ISSUES - Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • New Year
        p.7                                                                                          +cite    
  • Prosecutors' role
        p.7                                                                                          +cite    
  • Security and terror trials
        p.8                                                                                          +cite    
  • Lawyers are cheap and quick
        p.8                                                                                          +cite    
  • Shopping for experts
        p.9                                                                                          +cite    
  • Cost and delays in environmental law
        p.9                                                                                          +cite    
  • Experts and juries
        p.9                                                                                          +cite    
  • Double jeopardy in New South Wales
        p.10                                                                                        +cite    
  • The billable hour
        p.10                                                                                        +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY - Editor: Peter Butt
  • Whose use?
        p.11                                                                                        +cite    
  • Strata title by-laws
        p.11                                                                                        +cite    
  • "Unsigned" email not sufficient for Statute of Frauds
        p.12                                                                                        +cite    
  • Importance of punctuation
        p.12                                                                                        +cite    
  • Every word counts: Unless it is mere puff
        p.13                                                                                        +cite    

  • OVERSEAS LAW - Editor: Ross Buckley
  • Recent developments in United States insolvency law
        p.15                                                                                        +cite    

  • PEOPLE IN THE LAW - Editor: Geoff Lindsay SC
  • Bar Council elections (NSW)
        p.18                                                                                        +cite    

  • RECENT CASES - Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Neighbours: Informal easement for services
        p.19                                                                                        +cite    
  • Solicitors' duty to next of kin
        p.19                                                                                        +cite    
  • Parking your car in trade and commerce
        p.19                                                                                        +cite    
  • Evidence: Waiving privilege
        p.20                                                                                        +cite    
  • Consent to assault
        p.20                                                                                        +cite    
  • Trade practices: Measure of damages
        p.21                                                                                        +cite    
  • Privacy and court documents
        p.21                                                                                        +cite    
  • Equity of exoneration
        p.22                                                                                        +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • RECIPROCAL DUTIES OF BENCH AND BAR
        J D Heydon
        p.23                                                                                        +cite        
        This article deals with the dependence of the rule of law on an independent judiciary and a legal profession, the rule of law being less vulnerable where an independent bar exists. The common law trial is the ultimate vindication of justice and it relies on an interplay between the bench and the bar. This article illustrates the interplay and the reciprocal duties and rights which underlie it. Duties involving the keeping of an accurate trial record, ensuring that proceedings display the characteristics of regularity, guarding against the dangers of publicity, identifying the relevant issues of law and fact, the tendering of evidence, the controlling of the evidence, formulating jury directions and final addresses among others, are examined
  • THE ROYAL PREROGATIVE OF MERCY - PUTTING IN THE BOOTS
        J M Bennett
        p.35                                                                                        +cite        
        In 2006, the sesquicentenary of responsible government in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania was attained. The other then colonies in Australia acquired the same status at intervals down to 1890. In Canada and Australasia, there was resistance to the Imperial Government's continued control, through the Secretary of State for the Colonies, over the respective colonial governors. Their conduct and duties were defined by instructions that seemed often at odds with the principles of self-government. The relaxation of those instructions was attained after battles with the Colonial Office over 40 years, especially concerning the royal prerogative of mercy, considered here. Additionally, 2006 marked the retirement of the Honourable Justice Bruce McPherson, CBE, from the Queensland Court of Appeal (see (2006) 80 ALJ 806). One of the few superior court judges in Australia to have published extensively, while in office, in the field of Australian Legal and Constitutional History, this article acknowledges, and is motivated by, his distinguished contribution