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Open Justice and the Australian Legal System

Friday 28 August 2015 @ 2.37 p.m. | Legal Research

The Australian Legal system, particularly the judicial sphere, prides itself on remaining transparent and accountable. These two concepts stem from the Principle of ‘Open Justice’, a notion that is commonly enjoyed by the Australian community, but is very rarely recognised.

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De Facto Couples And Living Together Requirements In The Full Federal Court

Thursday 27 August 2015 @ 12.49 p.m. | Legal Research | Immigration

A unanimous decision by the Full Federal Court has clarified that two people can fulfill the criteria for a de facto relationship for the purposes of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) without living together.  SZOXP v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCAFC 69 was particularly concerned with the requirements in s 5CB(2) of the Act:

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Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill 2015

Tuesday 25 August 2015 @ 1.27 p.m. | Legal Research

As was previously mentioned by TimeBase, the Federal Attorney General has announced that the Federal Government intends to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (the EPBC Act) section 487 to restrict conservationists, green groups and in fact most citizens from challenging major developmental projects under Federal law.

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Malicious Prosecution: Beckett v State of New South Wales [2015] NSWSC 1017

Tuesday 25 August 2015 @ 11.20 a.m. | Legal Research | Torts, Damages & Civil Liability

A woman from New South Wales has been awarded $2.3 million in damages for malicious prosecution, after a lengthy legal battle that went all the way to the High Court.  Roseanne Beckett was jailed in 1991 after being convicted on nine counts relating to the solicitation of two people to murder her husband, Mr Catt.  After a series of appeals, Ms Beckett was released on bail in 2001, pending a review of her conviction by the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal.  The Court acquitted her on count 9, dismissed the appeal in relation to counts 3 and 4 and ordered a retrial on the remaining counts (1, 2, 5, 6, 7).

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New Legal Appointments around Australia

Monday 24 August 2015 @ 1.07 p.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

In July and August of 2015, there have been a number of legal appointments around Australia. This article highlights five such appointments and goes into the background behind the new positions.

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