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From courtroom dramas to miscarriages of justice, to how the law affects you — and so much more. The Law Report is your accessible guide to the big legal stories unfolding in Australia and across the world.

812 - How does a judge know if an offender is truly sorry?
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  • 812 - How does a judge know if an offender is truly sorry?

    When calculating a sentence, a judge weighs up many considerations, including remorse. But is it really possible to determine if an offender is genuinely sorry?

    Tue, 16 Jul 2024 - 28min
  • 811 - Children and medical consent

    In a dispute over the medical treatment of a gravely sick child, who gets the ultimate say? Three recent court rulings in New South Wales deal with this profoundly difficult issue.

    Tue, 09 Jul 2024 - 28min
  • 810 - A deep dive into diplomatic immunity

    The case of the careless driver with diplomatic immunity who soured Britain's relationship with the US. And the former high commissioner in Canberra who was held accountable for exploiting a domestic worker.

    Tue, 02 Jul 2024 - 28min
  • 809 - Should foreign judges sit on Hong Kong's highest court? Anti-discrimination laws in religious schools

    Two English judges have resigned from Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal. Should four Australian judges stay or go? The Australian Law Reform Commission has made a set of recommendations on how anti-discrimination laws should operate in religious schools.

    Tue, 25 Jun 2024 - 28min
  • 808 - How stressful is it to be a judge or magistrate?

    New research examines the impact of heavy workloads on the well-being of judicial officers and the quality of justice delivered.

    Tue, 18 Jun 2024 - 28min
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