Wednesday, June 28, 2006

well, tomorrow i investigate joining the gym, ive coaxed a friend to join me.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

it came, it went , and now I wait

Yes the exam is over and now i wait to find out if i passed. I'm now on university holidays which is the first time ive had a break from study in a few years as i usually am writing work over the holidays.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

less than 24 hrs to go

well today i have slept in after a heavy revision load. I must remember to set the alarm so i wake up intime to catch the bus to the exam.

Today I am revising summary disposal and discontinuance of litigation, and even though i have done the reading before i feel like I am comming to it for the first time.

Monday, June 19, 2006

football, meatpies kangaroos and holden cars

Yes it's only two days until my civil litigation exam, and I am stretching to find ways to make the revision interesting.

as I ponder two quotes from the Managing Justice Report.

"Legal system reform is frequently chracterised as a policy choice between individualised, Roll's Royce justice, on the one hand affordable, robust, high volume 'Holden' justice on the other."

and a quote from the respected Hon. Justice Michael Kirby.

" A lawyer from Dickens' time, walking out of Bleak House into a modern Australian court on an ordinary day would see relatively few changes. Same wigs and robes. Same elevated Bench and sitting times. Very similar procedure of calling of evidence and presenting argument. Longer judgments: but still the same structure of facts, law and conclusion."

while with great respect to the Hon Justice Kirby I am of the optimistic view that the picture of Australian Civil Justice systems is not as " Bleak" as he purports in this statement and that the current day courts have made considerable headway towards getting their " House" in order.

the increasing use of expert witnesses, and court managed case flow management are steps in a direction towards a system that provides for the average driver of the "holden "

on the negative side are the number of unrepresented litigants and the cost and delay of the system.
what of access to justice?

does the national code of courts at state and federal level provide an even playing field that enables acess to fariness justice and the infamous "truth".

The Australian rules are changing and the players on the field need to adapt to meet the changing emphasis on dipspute resolution.

As David Bamford said at the start of the semester, these are exciting times of change in Civil Litigation

Sunday, June 18, 2006

exams approaching

Well here it is three days before my end of semester exams and ive been in the library studying with the occassional spurt of surfing.

Ive managed to complete my assignments thus far and handed in my case file - hopefully i will get an NGP for it and not have to resubmit it.