15 episodes

Drama has unfolded in these courtrooms for more than 130 years, from serial murderers and gangland wars to multimillion-dollar commercial disputes and celebrity defamation cases. Take a step behind the bench of one of Australia’s oldest institutions and hear from judges as they explain why they make the decisions they do.

Gertie's Law takes a deep dive into some of the lesser-known, misunderstood or complex parts of the court’s work, such as sentencing, mental health, juries and the criminal trial process. Revisit historic cases, meet the many people who work here, from judges to Corrections staff, and take a close look at how a modern justice system operates in a 19th century building.

Authorised by the Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William St, Melbourne

Gertie's Law Supreme Court of Victoria

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Drama has unfolded in these courtrooms for more than 130 years, from serial murderers and gangland wars to multimillion-dollar commercial disputes and celebrity defamation cases. Take a step behind the bench of one of Australia’s oldest institutions and hear from judges as they explain why they make the decisions they do.

Gertie's Law takes a deep dive into some of the lesser-known, misunderstood or complex parts of the court’s work, such as sentencing, mental health, juries and the criminal trial process. Revisit historic cases, meet the many people who work here, from judges to Corrections staff, and take a close look at how a modern justice system operates in a 19th century building.

Authorised by the Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William St, Melbourne

    Episode 14: Judge, You've Got More Mail

    Episode 14: Judge, You've Got More Mail

    Where does criminality originate? What makes a great barrister? Do funny things happen in court? Would a judge know how to get away with murder?

    In the final episode of the season, we get the answers to your questions.

    • 46 min
    Episode 13: Reporting the Court - Part 2

    Episode 13: Reporting the Court - Part 2

    There's a view that judges and journalists don't always see eye to eye. In a bonus episode of Gertie's Law we assembled four Supreme Court judges and four court reporters - put them in a room together, and recorded it.

    • 51 min
    Episode 12: Reporting the Court - Part 1

    Episode 12: Reporting the Court - Part 1

    Despite most Victorians never having direct interaction with the Supreme Court, most still have an opinion about it, and those opinions are predominantly formed by the media.

    It's a fundamental principle of our legal system that justice is done in open court.

    Journalists therefore serve as the guardians of an open justice system.

    • 41 min
    Episode 11: The Judges

    Episode 11: The Judges

    A Supreme Court judge is one of the most senior positions in the law and also one of the most criticised. Find out what it's like to be a judge at the Supreme Court; how they're appointed, confronting personal bias, and staying mentally healthy while dealing with constant violence and death.

    • 53 min
    Episode 10: The Iceberg

    Episode 10: The Iceberg

    When you think of the Supreme Court, it’s natural for your mind to go straight to murders and terrorism. 

    This episode is about the areas of this court which rarely, if ever, appear on the TV news. From fighting over wills and the Master of Lunacy to corporate battles and urgent medical disputes.

    • 35 min
    Episode 9: How This Court Changed Abortion Laws in Victoria

    Episode 9: How This Court Changed Abortion Laws in Victoria

    Fifty years ago, the Menhennitt Ruling was an example of judge-made law and it determined the legality of abortion in Victoria. In this episode of Gertie's Law, we find out why it was left to the Supreme Court, and not the parliament, to decide on such a controversial social issue. Hear from judges and people directly affected by the 1969 ruling.

    • 45 min

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