Australia’s Advocacy for Abolition of the Death Penalty

The Law Council of Australia (LCA) and the Australian Bar Association (ABA) are pleased to participate in the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s (the Committee) Inquiry into Australia’s Advocacy for Abolition of the Death Penalty.

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Policy on the use of Prison

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Barristers are closely involved in the decisions regarding imprisonment.  In their work in the Courts, in preparing pleas, prosecuting or representing the accused and assisting in the formation of laws and policies, they are exposed to both sides of the story and have a keen appreciation of the impact and consequences of imprisonment.

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Protocol for Responding to Unfair Criticism of Judges

Thursday, 29 May 2014

The effective administration of justice is dependent upon public confidence.

The reporting of inaccurate or unjust criticism of judges, courts, or our system of justice erodes public confidence and weakens the administration of justice.  It is vital that the public knows and believes that the courts, their procedures, and their decisions are fair and impartial.  It is unethical for a judge to answer
criticism of her or his actions appearing in the news media regarding pending or impending matters.

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