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On Pell and the dangers of celebrating the justice system

On Pell and the dangers of celebrating the justice system

There’s a real danger in conceding the idea that an arm of the state establishes what did and didn’t actually happen.

R v Bayden Flash: what ‘going in house’ means for criminal justice in the NT

R v Bayden Flash: what ‘going in house’ means for criminal justice in the NT

To ensure the adversarial system works as well as it can, the accused must have counsel at least on par with that of the Crown. In the NT, this is rarely the case.

It’s not just the jury system that fails us

It’s not just the jury system that fails us

Crikey readers respond to a critique of how Australian courts deal with sexual assault, and speculation of an increasing police state.

Change the narrative to stop Aboriginal incarceration

Change the narrative to stop Aboriginal incarceration

A new project aims to reverse misleading and harmful notions about Aboriginal criminality and, in turn, to help promote better treatment of indigenous people.

Crikey Clarifier: can you get a fair trial if you’re poor?

Crikey Clarifier: can you get a fair trial if you’re poor?

Criminal defence lawyer and writer Russell Marks explains how the judicial system is failing our most vulnerable.

How our courts are pricing justice out of public reach

How our courts are pricing justice out of public reach

Taxpayer-funded courts, rather than being an independent umpire, are becoming a battleground for those with very deep pockets, writes Richard Denniss of The Australia Institute.

Throwing in the Towle at tragedy

Throwing in the Towle at tragedy

Could the families of the six young people killed near Mildura as the result of dangerous driving on the part of Thomas Towle, have avoided the anger and grief they have experienced over the past 48 hours? Greg Barns writes.

The ALP’s love affair with law and order continues

The ALP’s love affair with law and order continues

You've got to hand it to the Labor Party. It is, as we all know, perhaps the worst excuse for a progressive liberal party in the democratic world, writes Greg Barns.