25 episodes

Every day, law courts make decisions that change the lives of those present in the courtroom. Some decisions change society itself. JUST CASES tells the backstory to some of the biggest court cases you've never heard of.

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Every day, law courts make decisions that change the lives of those present in the courtroom. Some decisions change society itself. JUST CASES tells the backstory to some of the biggest court cases you've never heard of.

    Episode 17: Do witchcraft laws breach freedom of religion?

    Episode 17: Do witchcraft laws breach freedom of religion?

    How does Australian law protect the beliefs and religious practices of witches, conjurers and fortune-tellers? A High Court case from the 1930s could provide the answers.

    There’s a big debate about religious freedom in Australia after the federal government announced plans to introduce new federal religious discrimination laws.

    Most of the coverage of the religious freedom debate focuses on protecting the major religions, most notably Christianity.

    But there’s some religious groups that don’t get any coverage at all.

    What if you’re a witch or a Wiccan? A Druid or Shaman?

    How does Australian law protect your beliefs and religious practices?

    How has the law treated you over the years if you’re a conjurer or a psychic?

    Today JUST CASES rewinds to a 1930 case which went all the way to the High Court of Australia.

    Music
    - Lee Rosevere 'Last Call'
    - Lee Rosevere 'Introducing the Pre-Roll'

    Court case
    - Hansen v Archdall and Smith [1930] HCA 16 44 CLR 265 http://eresources.hcourt.gov.au/showbyHandle/1/13142

    Episode
    https://www.justcasespodcast.com/episode/2019/9/17/episode-17-do-witchcraft-laws-breach-freedom-of-religion

    Connect with Just Cases
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    • 32 min
    Episode 16: Hard cases make bad law

    Episode 16: Hard cases make bad law

    “There’s a saying in law that hard cases make bad law,” says Dr Colin Campbell. “Judges will sometimes do what they think is right in a particular case, but in doing that they will muck up the law."

    Numerous inquiries have uncovered widespread discrimination and exclusion against children at government schools around Australia.

    While state-run education departments are tasked with the responsibility of fixing this problem, there’s another institution in our society that has a major role to play: our courts.

    But the leading court case that dictates how the courts play this role - and which judges around Australia are obliged to follow - is seriously flawed.

    SHOW NOTES

    Episode page
    https://www.justcasespodcast.com/episode/2019/8/22/episode-16-hard-cases-make-bad-law

    Twitter @JustCasesShow
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    Music: All tracks by Lee Rosevere
    - 'Introducing the Pre-roll'
    - '17 - Awkward Silences version b'
    http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

    Storyteller
    - Dr Colin Campbell, Faculty of Law, Monash University

    Hosts
    - Dr Melissa Castan & James Pattison

    Further reading
    - Purvis v New South Wales (Department of Education and Training) [2003] HCA 62: http://eresources.hcourt.gov.au/showCase/2003/HCA/62

    - 'Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria: Final Report' (June 2018), E Jenkin, C Spivakovsky, S Joseph, M Smith, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University: https://www.justcasespodcast.com/s/Castan-Centre-Improving-Educational-Outcomes-for-Students-with-Disability.pdf

    - Victorian students with disabilities turned away from schools, report finds (ABC News, 29 June 2018): https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/students-with-disabilities-victorian-government-schools-report/9923274

    - Campbell, Colin D, "A Hard Case Making Bad Law: Purvis v New South Wales and the Role of the Comparator Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)" [2007] FedLawRw 4; (2007) 35(1) Federal Law Review 111: http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/FedLawRw/2007/4.html

    Photo
    - by Rubén Rodriguez on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@ruben18rodriguez

    Law topics
    - Discrimination law, High Court, human rights, disability discrimination, equal opportunity.

    • 33 min
    BACK CATALOGUE: "They Don't Teach You This At Law School."

    BACK CATALOGUE: "They Don't Teach You This At Law School."

    This is the most-downloaded episode of JUST CASES and one of the most controversial.

    June 1996. Late at night, two young men cross paths on a Sydney street. When the sun rises the following morning, one of them will be found dead.

    The events of that evening are murky, but the resulting court case sent shockwaves through the community - and we still feel its effects today.

    Melissa & James: "While we're working on a brand new episode for you, we want to share one from the JUST CASES back-catalogue. This is one of the first JUST CASES episodes we recorded, and it's one of our favourites. A hot tip: after you've listened, check out the follow-up episode which also features Dr Kate Seear: 'How Can Safe Injecting Rooms Be Legal?': https://www.justcasespodcast.com/episode/bonus-episode-how-can-safe-injecting-rooms-be-legal."

    Twitter.com/Kate_Seear
    Check out Kate's awesome ABC podcast, The Outer Sanctum: www.outersanctum.com.au

    Music in this episode by Audiobinger:
    - 'Made Men'
    - 'You Cant Love Me'

    • 27 min
    Episode 15: Rolls-Royce's worldwide network of corruption

    Episode 15: Rolls-Royce's worldwide network of corruption

    Earlier this year the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced it had shut down a long-running investigation into corruption at Rolls-Royce. What did the UK authorities have to trade in exchange for Rolls-Royce’s money and cooperation?

    Between 1999 to 2013, the SFO and a joint BBC/The Guardian investigation revealed that Rolls-Royce - which manufactures aircraft engines and defence systems, as well as their famed luxury cars - engaged in systemic criminal activity on a global scale.

    In 2017, Rolls-Royce came to an agreement with the SFO, in which the company agreed to pay £671 million in return for avoiding prosecution on bribery and corruption charges.

    This type of agreement - referred to as a deferred prosecution agreement (or DPA) - is gaining popularity.

    What exactly are DPAs? Do they pull the teeth out of the criminal justice system, which already struggles to convict people for white collar crime?

    • 32 min
    Rolls-Royce's "sophisticated criminal enterprise" (COMING SOON)

    Rolls-Royce's "sophisticated criminal enterprise" (COMING SOON)

    The name Rolls-Royce is synonymous with luxury. But in recent years, whistleblowers have revealed the prestige brand has been exporting corruption worldwide. How does the criminal justice system respond? (RELEASE DATE: Wednesday 24 July 2019)

    LEARN MORE
    www.justcasespodcast.com/episode/episode-15-rolls-royces-worldwide-network-of-corruption

    MUSIC
    Lee Rosevere - 'Snakes'

    • 22 sec
    Episode 14: "Now free speech has been killed as well"

    Episode 14: "Now free speech has been killed as well"

    How does the law balance the rights of women to access safe and legal abortions with the right to free speech and protest?

    For over twenty years anti-abortion protesters have picketed abortion clinics around Australia.

    To combat this targeted harassment of women seeking safe and legal abortions, state governments have passed ‘safe access zone’ laws which create an exclusion zone around abortion clinics which protestors cannot enter.

    Anti-abortionists argue these laws limit their free speech. Supporters of safe access zones argue these laws are vital to ensure the safety of women seeking health care.

    When this law was challenged by anti-abortion protesters who had breached the exclusion zones, the High Court was faced with a major balancing act.

    Episode
    www.justcasespodcast.com/episode/2019/7/12/episode-14-anti-abortion-protesters

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    Storytellers
    - Dr Tania Penovic, Faculty of Law, Monash University
    - Dr Caroline Henckels, Faculty of Law, Monash University

    Hosts
    - Dr Melissa Castan & James Pattison

    Further reading
    - Explainer: what are abortion clinic safe-access zones and where do they exist in Australia? (https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-are-abortion-clinic-safe-access-zones-and-where-do-they-exist-in-australia-98175)
    - High Court delivers landmark ruling validating abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ (https://theconversation.com/high-court-delivers-landmark-ruling-validating-abortion-clinic-safe-access-zones-115062)

    Music in this episode:
    - Lee Rosevere - ‘Start the Day’
    - Lee Rosevere - ‘Waiting For the Moment That Never Comes’

    Law topics: Constitutional law, health law, protest, freedom of speech, implied freedom of political communication, bill of rights, human rights

    • 28 min

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