From the Editor
Thanks to all who have contributed to this issue of your online journal Hearsay.
The Hon George Brandis KC makes apt comments concerning the stellar careers of the soon to retire Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, and her successor Justice Stephen Gageler AC.
Hon Justice Martin Burns compliments the recent content of Hearsay in my “10 minutes with …” interview with him. His Honour was the first editor – for five years – of this online journal, so it is no faint praise. Thanks also to Justice Burns for furnishing tips concerning counsel needing to “listen” in cross-examination, and not unduly wasting court time, each for effective advocacy.
We could not resist leading this issue with the stunning painting of “HMS Beagle in the Galapagos” by maritime artist John Chancellor. We thank the UK based Chancellor family for permission to publish the same. The detail is extraordinary to behold, and you can click to obtain a larger version to fully appreciate the skill entailed.
The painting is a fitting companion to the article by Craig Coulsen, the featured article concerning the talented John Wickham, who successfully navigated the terrifying southern ocean for many years, and then a legal career as police magistrate at the Moreton Bay colony.
Chief Justice Helen Bowskill affords readers a practical summary of the law of contempt. So much is compulsory reading. Also featured is the first in a series of articles by Andrew Hoare for the assistance of the criminal bar. This starts with the basics, and while intended for a junior cohort, might we suggest that even those with more experience would profit from reading same.
US Federal Judge Michael Ponsor, of Massachusetts, has given us permission to publish his recent opinion piece in the New York Times concerning the US Supreme Court. This article too is compulsory reading for all interested in ensuring impartiality and integrity in the courts of a democratic society.
Hon Justice John Bond informs us of everything we need to know about civil appeals but were afraid to ask. Hon Justice Jim Henry provides a “how to” for advocates in summary criminal trials.
His Honour Judge Ken Barlow KC responds to an article about witness training and familiarisation contained in the last Hearsay issue. We encourage members and judges to write to Hearsay as his Honour has done. Topical discussion of critical issues of practice mitigates against complacency and sharpens our professional tools. The above interview with Justice Burns points this up.
It is the time of year when we exchange robes for tuxedos and gowns to attend the Annual Bar Dinner. Everyone looked fabulous; Hearsay has the photos to prove it and they are there for all to see. No-one ended up in the Brisbane River! The speech by the President, Damien O’Brien KC, is a good read for our collegiate profession.
The book and film reviews, as usual, are outstanding.
If there is some legal issue the reader thinks Hearsay ought highlight, please let us know. We are always open to suggestions.
Please forward to us, by Friday 17 November at the latest, contributions for issue 94, due for publication in mid-December 2023.
Richard Douglas KC
I do request your contributions to the deputy editors and sub-editors, or me (T: 3218 0620; M: 0417 788713; E: firstname.lastname@example.org). The deputy editors are John Meredith (T: 3218 0650; M: 0403 278 585; E: email@example.com) and Megan Brooks (T: 3333 9933; M: 0434 145 245; E: firstname.lastname@example.org). The sub-editors are Stephen Kiem S.C. (T: 3229 0381; M: 0433 846 518; E: email@example.com) who looks after the book reviews and Margaret Forrest (T: 3333 9940; M: 0422 542 706; E: firstname.lastname@example.org) who looks after podcast reviews.