June 2015

THE SCHOOL SKIT

Bishop v State of New South Wales (2000) (4-person Jury trial before Dunford J)

The end-of-year revue that landed in the Supreme Court... 

March 2015

THE TOMBSTONE AND THE 'SPLATTER HORROR' 

 Bradley v Wingnut Films Ltd [1993] 1 NZLR 415

One family's fight to prevent their tombstone being used in a film...

February 2015

THE STUDENT RAG AND THE HISTORY PROFESSOR

Jensen v Clark [1982] 2 NZLR 268

When Waikato University's student magazine took it too far...

January 2015

THE PLACARD WAR 

Clark v Vare [1930] NZLR 430

Boot-shop rivalry in 1920s Upper Hutt...

December 2014

TRIAL BY BUS DRIVER

Two trials, two drivers: one accused of alcoholism; the other of dangerous conduct...

November 2014

THE FACEBOOK PRANK

Boston v Athearn A140971 (Georgia, USA, Court of Appeals)

Judgment: 10 October 2014

When social-media prowess became a requisite parenting skill...

October 2014

THE DUKE OF VALLOMBROSA

The Queen v Labouchere (1883-1884) 53 LJR 362 (Queens Bench Division)

Hearing: 10 and 11 May 1883; Judgment date: 9 February 1884

A French duke accused of serving human flesh to soliders...

 

September 2014

THE CASE OF THE EMBATTLED HUSBAND

Thomas v Perham and Perham (1901) 21 NZLR 199 (Supreme Court Auckland) (Interlocutory ruling followed by trial)

The dangers of marriage in turn-of-the-century Auckland…

 

August 2014

THE DISGRUNTLED TENNIS PLAYER

 

Dee v Telegraph Media EWHC (QB) (2009-2010) (3 separate judgments)

A world record and its courtroom aftermath...

 

July 2014

 

THE PSYCHIC MEDIUM

Saxon v Reeves High Court Dunedin A39/87, 6 March 1989 (Judge-alone trial)

Fortune telling and its detractors in 1980s Dunedin...

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