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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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Facebook faces potential Australian law suit over data breach

7/17/2018
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There have been reports social media network Facebook is facing multiple lawsuits on behalf of users whose personal data was improperly leaked to Cambridge Analytica. Its next legal challenge could take place here in Australia.

Duration:00:28:27

Crop Houses and stopping the cycle of drug addiction and offending

7/3/2018
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Cannabis grow house syndicates are rampant across Australia. And former addicts helping to break the cycle of drug addiction and drug related crime.

Duration:00:28:35

Canadian university loses right to open law school and Portugal's policy on drugs and addiction

6/26/2018
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Freedom of religion versus equal rights is tested in the Canadian and US Supreme Courts, and Portugal's unique approach to drug addiction.

Duration:00:28:27

Two important decisions on defamation. Getting into rough legal waters on holiday cruises

6/19/2018
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Australian courts have ruled on two prominent defamation cases, Rebel Wilson v Bauer and Milorad Trkulja v Google. And what laws apply if something goes wrong when travelling on a holiday cruise in international waters?

Duration:00:28:21

Tips for Beauty salons to support clients who experience family violence; Victorian Supreme Court responds to legal costs blowout

6/12/2018
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An innovative program HaiR-3R's aims to help hairdressers recognise and support Victorian clients who may be experiencing family violence. Also on the program, what is a reasonable legal fee in a relatively straightforward wills and estate case? A Victorian Supreme Court Judge had some strong words to say in a dispute about lawyers costs.

Duration:00:28:21

When can authorities seize your mobile device?

6/5/2018
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Can Border Patrol demand your mobile devices at an airport without a warrant? In the US, this question may go to the Supreme Court, but in Australia, the laws are very clear. And what powers do police have to search and seize on suburban streets?

Duration:00:28:21

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