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Gertie's Law

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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 ...
 
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We've received your questions and in this final episode of Gertie’s Law, they get answered. What influences lawyers to challenge a juror during empanelment? Does a murder involving family violence attract a larger sentence? When does criticism become defamation? And are there more right wing terrorist cases coming to the court? Hear the answers to …
 
Last episode we looked at completed terrorist acts, and why they attract such large sentences, however cases involving completed terrorist acts are rare, indeed the first one in Victoria was in 2019. Most terrorism cases which come before the Supreme Court occur before an act of terrorism has taken place. They’re preparatory offenses, that is, prep…
 
Terrorism cases are among the most high-profile offences to come to the Supreme Court. The trials are complicated and usually long, as are the resulting sentences. The cases attract a lot of public interest. On the day of a sentence, the public galleries and press seats will be full, and TV cameras, lights and journos will be set up outside the Cou…
 
Defamation. Often salacious or scandalous, especially when it involves Hollywood Stars or high profile federal politicians. It’s about defending one’s honour - and earning capacity. It’s an area of law where a person’s right to protect their reputation rubs up against someone else’s freedom of expression. Defamation cases are the juridical stage on…
 
It’s time to talk about manslaughter - one of the most controversial and misunderstood offences that comes before the court, due to its high range of culpability and sometimes fine line between it and murder. From a legal point of view it’s a very clear line between murder and manslaughter. The problem is that factually it’s not always easy to look…
 
Welcome to season two of Gertie's Law. In season one we heard from almost everyone at the Supreme Court - the judges, associates, reporters, tipstaves and even the prison officers. But now it’s time to meet the people who do the lion’s share of the talking in the courtroom, the people sitting at the bar table - the lawyers. See omnystudio.com/liste…
 
This week we welcome Yuiry Yaravoy, Chief Growth Officer at Warrior Made & moderator of Reddit's BigSEO. Despite Yuriy being one the deepest and most profound thinkers in the Search Marketing world, he has a wild sense of humor! We dive into (and make light of) everything from Philly sports to the culture gap that exists between Brits and Americans…
 
When COVID-19 hit Victoria, schools, pubs and restaurants closed. The AFL season stopped after only one round. But the courts couldn’t shut down because crime didn’t stop. People were in custody awaiting trial. Family violence continued unabated, disputes needed settling, appeals needed to be heard, and trials needed to continue to provide justice …
 
Everyone knows Areej Abuli, as well you should, because she is AWESOME! But, did you know that Areej's favorite Beatle is George or that's she's a huge fan of the Great British Bake Off? In this episode we explore the life of the founder of Women in Tech SEO. From her pop culture preferences to her journey towards British citizenship, may we presen…
 
Sure, you may have heard of Lily Ray... Yes, you may even know she is a fantastic DJ... What you may not know is what it's like for Lily to DJ or what her experience of living in New York is like... or if she'd rather be stuck on a desert island with Yanni or John Tesh (all of the important things). As is our mission, we're going behind Lily Ray th…
 
In the SEO world, Heather Physioc of VMLY&R is a known commodity. She a top-notch SEO, a famed industry speaker, and has published her fair share of SEO materials. But who is Heather, really? We set off to find out who Heather really is, what she loves, and how she spends her time away from SEO... and we had a serious amount of fun along the way. L…
 
Coming at you the first Thursday of each month, the Behind the SEOs podcast takes you into the lives of your favorite search marketers. Go behind the Twitter profile for a personal look at what makes the world's most renowned SEOs tick! From their hobbies and background to their peeves and preferences, this is a totally new look at the SEOs that ma…
 
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. See omnystudio.com…
 
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
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. S…
 
Almost every day, randomly selected Victorians, often with no experience in or knowledge of the law, sit in court passing judgement on their fellow citizens. Learn how the jury system works and the challenges jurors face, such as staying off social media, leaving their sympathies at home and getting their heads around complex forensic evidence. See…
 
At first glance, the trial division building of the Supreme Court is imposing. Narrow corridors, very high ceilings with grand chandeliers and ornate plasterwork. Nineteenth century stonework and cedar panelling. And then there’s the artwork - mostly portraits of stern looking men in big leather chairs looking down from under their wigs. The effect…
 
It’s a sad fact that most of the people accused of serious criminal offences in the Supreme Court are either suffering from a mental illness, taking illicit drugs, or both. “It’s one of the most difficult things a sentencing judge will need to balance.” Hear from judges and find out how they deal with the more controversial aspects of sentencing: m…
 
Sentencing. It's the most talked about and misunderstood aspect of the court's work. How does a judge go about deciding a length of time in jail? There’s a lot to consider and coming up with the final number is the end of a lengthy and complicated process. Some of the most experienced judges in the state explain how they come to the decisions they …
 
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