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Informative, jargon-free stories about law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and legal culture. The Law Report makes the law accessible. Presented by Damien Carrick.

Informative, jargon-free stories about law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and legal culture. The Law Report makes the law accessible. Presented by Damien Carrick.
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Melbourne, VIC

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Informative, jargon-free stories about law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and legal culture. The Law Report makes the law accessible. Presented by Damien Carrick.

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English

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Law Report GPO Box 9994 Melbourne 3006 (03) 9626 1642


Episodes

Inside the Jury Room part three: Juror misbehaviour

5/29/2018
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Jurors can misbehave, threatening the right to a fair trial in many ways: Google searches; social media rants, contacting an accused, visiting a crime scene, even playing Sudoku in the jury box. How do we convince jurors to follow the rules?

Duration:00:28:22

Inside the Jury Room part three: Juror bias

5/22/2018
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When juries retire to the deliberation room, should they leave all of their personal beliefs and prejudices at the door? And is this even possible?

Duration:00:28:21

Inside the Jury Room part two: Juror stress

5/15/2018
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Hearing and seeing gruesome evidence in criminal trials can take a terrible toll on jurors, sometimes leading to stress and trauma. What harm can juror stress then cause trials? And what can we do to minimise its impact?

Duration:00:28:21

Inside the Jury Room part one: The Ouija board jurors

5/8/2018
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It’s the most notorious case ever of jury misbehaviour. In the 1994 double murder trial of Stephen Young, drunk jurors used a Ouija board to ask the murder victims, "who killed you?". But is there more to this story than just hapless, irresponsible jurors?

Duration:00:28:21

Extradition processes in the 21st century and Victoria parliament soon to debate treaty advancing legislation

5/1/2018
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Victoria introduces legislation to enable treaty negotiations. Do extradition laws need to evolve?

Duration:00:28:21

Over-medication in aged care and blockchain contracts

4/24/2018
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Examining the laws governing the use of anti-psychotic and other drugs to sedate residents in aged-care facilities in the US and Australia. And smart contracts are an emerging area of the law, but exactly what are they and what happens if they go rogue?

Duration:00:28:21

Space law in the 21st century

4/17/2018
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Corporations, as well as nations are venturing into space for satellite technology, mining even tourism. Are the laws created over fifty years ago up to speed in this new space race?

Duration:00:28:21

Commonwealth Redress Scheme restrictions and South African jailed for racist tirade

4/10/2018
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Why will some survivors of institutional sexual abuse be locked out of the Commonwealth Redress Scheme? And when using a really offensive word in South Africa multiple times lands you in jail.

Duration:00:28:21

Anne Buist on writing her life's work

4/3/2018
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Perinatal psychiatrist Anne Buist is a women's mental health advocate and expert witness who works with protective services, and as an expert witness in the courts, in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. She is also a novelist who explores many of the darker aspects of her work in fiction.

Duration:00:28:21

Seeking compensation for family violence and chat bot wills

3/27/2018
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There are a number of avenues for those seeking compensation for family violence including the civil courts but at least one state, a mechanism for assisting survivors with compensation has come under criticism. And a South Australian law firm is selling chatbot generated wills for $150. How different is it from the will kits purchased from a newsagency, what are the safeguards and is it a way of providing a much needed service in remote communities?

Duration:00:28:21

Defamation in Australia and modern warfare and challenges for IHL

3/20/2018
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A study finds that that the rich and famous are not the your usual plaintiffs when it comes to defamation cases. Nor are media companies the usual suspects when it comes to defending defamation claims. And in a time of conflict, defining what constitutes a cyber attack, a potential act of war, is tricky. So is international humanitarian law keeping up with the new battlefields of the 21st century?

Duration:00:28:21

Debt and road tolls: the dilemma and solutions

3/13/2018
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Toll fines are one of the major issues dealt with in Victorian and Queensland courts, with some debts as high as $200,000. Why are such massive debts accrued and what can be done about it?

Duration:00:28:21

Do the walls have ears? Smart devices, privacy and the law

3/6/2018
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The Internet of Things are those objects that are connected to the web, such as home appliances, fitness or health devices, even some toys. But there is a dark side to this clever connectivity and data collection.

Duration:00:28:21

ACT's unique approach to Family Violence Orders

2/27/2018
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In the ACT, mediation is mandatory if you are seeking a permanent order to keep a violent ex partner away. How does it work and how successful is this unique system?

Duration:00:28:21

Neighbourhood tree disputes and the law

2/20/2018
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Disputes between neighbours over trees are as common as they are personal, and can get so bad that some property owners sell up to avoid conflict.

Duration:00:28:21

Damning report on treatment of prisoners with disabilities; The 'slayer rule' and elder abuse

2/13/2018
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Human Rights Watch reports that prisoners with disabilities in Queensland and WA are particularly at risk of neglect and abuse. Also on the program, could an expanded American style 'slayer law', be a way to deter elder abuse?

Duration:00:28:21

Federal court declares 'Dr Droop' bankrupt; Jewish divorce, the complicated nexus between religious and secular law

2/6/2018
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After mulitiple run ins with regulators, the man behind the 'bonk longer' billboards has been declared bankrupt. And Gett recalcitrance, that's when a Jewish marriage falls apart and one spouse refuses to grant a religious divorce.

Duration:00:28:21

Lloyd Rayney's defamation win and an alternative to medical negligence litigation

1/30/2018
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It's the second largest defamation damages payout in Australia. Why did the WA Supreme Court award Lloyd Rayney $2.6 million? Also, 'open disclosure', an alternative to costly and stressful medical malpractice lawsuits.

Duration:00:28:21

Australia and early settler law

1/23/2018
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From the capital offence of stealing food to property rights and cases involving swine, an insight into how the First Fleeters managed to create what is now considered 'the land of the fair go'.

Duration:00:28:21

Australia's first school lawyer

1/16/2018
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Meet the first in-house school lawyer in Australia. Vincent Shin provides legal advice to students and their families who attend a Victorian school.

Duration:00:28:31

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