Briefing paper

The law on judicial bias: a primer

This background paper provides an introductory summary and overview of key aspects of the law on judicial bias, as it relates to the Australian federal judiciary.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Can High Court justices be dual citizens?

The University of Queensland's Professor Graeme Orr, claims High Court justices can hold dual citizens but parliamentarians cannot.

Poland 2019: the state of the judiciary

This briefing provides an update on the state of judicial independence in Poland. The situation is characterised by the ongoing harassment of judges who stood in defence of the rule of law and human rights, and by media smear campaign against judges with alleged links...

Evaluation report for Pacific Judicial Development Programme

This evaluation focuses on the achievement of outputs and short-term results, and progress towards longer-term results of the Pacific Judicial Development Programme 2010- 2012. It did not consider impact as it is too soon to assess programme impacts. It will be used by MFAT to...
Journal article

The constitutional duty to give reasons for judicial decisions

This article argues that in Australia there is an absolute constitutional duty to provide reasons for judicial decisions and examines whether the general practice of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and the High Court complies with that duty when deciding applications for leave...

A simulation model of the NSW District Criminal Court with illustrative applications

This study aimed to determine the effect of various possible reforms on the pending case backlog in the Sydney registry of the NSW District Criminal Court using a simulation model.
Journal article

Women judges, private lives: (in)visibilities in fact and fiction

This article shows that substantive changes are occurring to reveal what was formerly invisible under the rubric of ‘private’, but invariably outside of the sovereign body of law.
Journal article

Reading the High Court at a distance: topic modelling the legal subject matter and judicial activity of the High Court of Australia, 1903–2015

In this article we apply the method of quantitative textual analysis known as ‘topic modelling’ to a significant Australian legal text corpus: that of judgments of the High Court of Australia from 1903 to 2015. The High Court of Australia has been a perennial topic...
Journal article

Judges and retirement ages

All Commonwealth, state and territory judges in Australia are subject to mandatory retirement ages. While the 1977 referendum, which introduced judicial retirement ages for the Australian federal judiciary, commanded broad public support, this article argues that the aims of judicial retirement ages are no longer...

A rocky road for unwary royal commissioners

Judges take a risk when they step outside the courtroom to play the role of royal commissioner, writes Janet Ransley.