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Excursions in the Law

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Published 29 Aug 2014 (Desert Pea Press)
ISBN: 9781876861131. Hard Cover, 288 pages.
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By Peter Heerey AM QC

In 40 years as a barrister and judge Peter Heerey AM QC has observed and sometimes taken part in memorable legal events.

This work is partly a collection of recollections; a murder trial, a Privy Council appeal, the leading High Court decision on the liability for barristers’ negligence and the cause célèbre of Professor Orr and his dismissal by the University of Tasmania.

There are also studies of notable historical and legal figures: Andrew Inglis Clark, Sir Owen Dixon, Abraham Lincoln, Justice Antonin Scalia and others as well as some of his professional colleagues.

From time to time Peter’s work has included periods in other lands: the American South, Quebec, Vanuatu and Ireland. Vivid impressions of their historical backgrounds and some current personalities are recorded.

Law is looked at from a literary perspective. There are discussions of the commercial and litigious issues in The Merchant of Venice, post modernist analysis of legal issues and storytelling in the law.


CONTENTS

Foreword 
Acknowledgments 
Introduction

TASMANIAN STORIES 
Andrew Inglis Clark: The Man and his Legacy 
Andrew Inglis Clark and Cricket 
The Supreme Court of Tasmania: Its First Century 1824-1924 
The Orr Case Revisited 
Hobart – A Guide for Innocent Mainlanders

THE JUSTICE BUSINESS 
The Victorian Bar: Some History and a Little Lore 
Memories of the Battle of Hastings 
The Judicial Herd: Seduced by Suave Glittering Phrases? 
A Question of Judgment 
Judges at Work 
A Towering Figure of the Law 
Counsel’s Baggage 
Judgment Writing 
The Ballad of Briginshaw 
Chettyar’s Case 
Down with Defamation! 
Jeff Sher’s Farewell 
Ode to His Honour Judge Ross 
Ode to His Honour Judge Gebhardt

IN OTHER LANDS 
A Last Hurrah – Privy Council Days 
Law in Vanuatu 
Canada and Quebec 
The Traveller’s Return 
Away Down South in Dixie 
The Years of Lyndon Johnson 
Justice Antonin Scalia 
Abraham Lincoln – Patent Lawyer 
How Judges Think 
A Night at the King’s Inns 
An Officer and a Spy

LAW AND LITERATURE 
The Merchant of Venice and the Trade Practices Act 
Truth, Lies and Stereotype: Stories of Mary and Louis 
Storytelling, Postmodernism and the Law 
Aesthetics, Culture, and the Whole Damn Thing 
Rediscovering Rhetoric

PUBLIUS 
Bracket (“Bracket”) Creep 
Colonising Language 
Historical Dating 
Latinophobia

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