From the President
Welcome to the 93rd issue of Hearsay, the third edition of this calendar year.
Having read this edition’s ‘10 minutes with…the Honourable Justice Martin Burns’, Hearsay’s founding editor, I am reminded of the original intention behind Hearsay as a “virtual common room” for discussion amongst the Bar as the number of chamber groups grew and the Bar expanded beyond the CBD. That aim was set out in 2005, at a time when ‘The Facebook’ was only available for students of select universities, and is yet another example of the Bar’s aptitude for innovation.
Hearsay is a unique expression of the collegiate nature of the Bar, by which members can demonstrate their expertise in the law, give guidance to fellow practitioners, or share their passion for a particular topic. We are fortunate that the Bench also actively participates in Hearsay, and I am particularly enthused that, in this issue, his Honour Judge Ken Barlow KC, has given us his views in response to Richard Douglas KC’s article on ‘Witness Training’ published in Issue 92. Richard continues his prolific authorship in this issue, though the account of his venture to the ‘Archie 100’ exhibit on the Gold Coast, while a great read, is less likely to attract judicial response.
As always, my thanks go to the Editor, Richard Douglas KC, and his deputy editors, who have secured the work of an impressive list of authors from the Bar and elsewhere, this issue including speeches prepared by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable Lord Ian Burnett of Maldon, and Senior Judge on the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, His Honour Judge Michael Ponsor.
I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Hearsay.
Damien O’Brien KC