High points in Australia’s legal world in 2007

Over at the Sydney Morning Herald website Richard Ackland summed up some of the more memorable happenings in Australian legal circles in 2007, but two stood out for me:

“The NSW Court of Appeal upheld the right of judges to get in some important sleep time while trying cases. It was found in Cesan v DPP that justice can still be done by unconscious or ‘dormant’ presiding trial judges.”


“And for the most significant legal moment of the year there is the enduring spectacle of an Australian citizen pleading ‘guilty’ before an improperly constituted foreign ‘court’ for a war crime that did not exist – all with the connivance of the Australian government.”

Neither of these stories give me a warm fuzzy feeling about the rule of law in Australia.

…full story here

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Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.