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  • Gay Marriage – what’s your view?
    Posted by on 17 Jun 2013
    Gay marriage is such a hot topic right now. Just recently I had a family dinner and OMG, the discussion about gay marriage was fierier than mum’s chilli chicken! With all the recent news about gay marriage it was a topic that was inevitably going to come up but I honestly did not expect such a great divide at the dinner table on this issue. So in the news recently, France and New Zealand passed legislation to support gay marriage. Now, Brazil has become the third and largest Latin American country to give a green light to gay marriage, the ruling drawing praise from gay marriage rights activists in Rio. Turning to Australia, Kevin Rudd has recently expressed that he now supports gay marriage. Experts say these latest developments will affect the future of Australia's popular and political stance on the issue – the question now is will Australia follow suit and legalise gay marriage?
  • The Court’s Code of Conduct
    Posted by on 7 Nov 2011
    Walk into any court room and you will automatically feel the respect and formality everywhere you look. I always find there is something very solemn and revered about the Court where the truth is separated from the lies, judgments are weighed and delivered and precedents set for future generations to follow. It is only befitting that such an atmosphere would have its special code of conduct. You can call it the CCC, or triple C or even C3 but whatever you call it, the Court’s Code of Conduct is something everyone should add to that area of the brain where etiquette and netiquette mingle and socialise. Whether it’s theLocal Court, Family Court or High Court there are certain things that should be (or not be) done when in them. However before the list of Dos and Don’ts is presented, do let’s take a walk down tradition lane. I don’t know about you but it seems that the first question I get asked when people know I am a solicitor is “Do you wear a wig?” My reply is always “not yet, my hair is still intact.” However there is more behind my not wearing a wig than my head-full of hair. Introduced in the 1680s, wigs became part of the court attire and as time passed so did their function. Nowadays, the wig is worn by judges and barristers appearing in the Family court, Supreme Court or High Court. Which leads to the second most asked question “What is the difference between a barrister and a solicitor?” In a nutshell, a solicitor is the lawyer who will handle the case from the get go, prepare the documents and handle the everyday running of the matter. A barrister is the lawyer who will go to Court at Hearings, the one who will cross examine witnesses and is usually easily spotted by their traditional black robes. Another person you will come across in court is a Court Officer. An officer is the one who will make sure the parties names are called out before court, a document is handed up to the Bench (where the Judge or magistrate sits) from the Bar (the table faci