CIJ Court of Appeal Video | RMIT University

CIJ Court of Appeal Video | RMIT University

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For myself personally, the highlight would’ve
been to speak and ask questions to the judges. You read the decisions of these judges in
cases and textbooks but I think to speak to them in person, to have that opportunity to
speak to them, is a unique experience and it’s something that I’ll remember forever.
I’d actually say not one particular thing but the fact that it’s been so holistic
in what we’ve seen of the courts and how it interacts with a lot of different stakeholders.
So today actually we were talking to the registrars across the road, I thought that was really
informing about how that’s come in through reform and how their work has changed and
I didn’t actually realise they were lawyers. So it’s been quite informing and really
educational. I think the best thing has been having access
to judges and asking questions that you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to, I mean, it’s
pretty special being able to ask a Supreme Court judge what he thinks about CCOs or to
ask a Supreme Court judge what they think about the parole system, for example. Seeing how everything works, which was nothing like how I thought it would be. I was very
surprised to learn that criminal law is so intermixed with at this level with other kinds
of law. Just hearing about all the different roles that everybody has, that participates
in the Court of Appeal. From the librarian to the associates to the registry. It’s been
a really great experience. We have seen leave appeals, appeals for convictions For sentences manifestly excessive, manifestly lenient, murder, kidnapping, honour killings,
child exploitation, civil matters involving companies being wound up. It’s really quite
prolific and various and I think for me, what has been quite remarkable is that we pour
over cases and we think that in the Court of Appeal that they go on for days and weeks
when indeed they turn around within hours and the efficiency of justice is about as
efficient as it could be and we’ve witnessed some really amazing work of the judges. So, it’s
been really quite eye opening and I think probably changed the course, hopefully, of
what I do in the future. For me, I think the best part has been the
opportunity to connect with various members of the court. So at places we’ve been to,
the talking to the judges, talking to the registry staff and particularly talking to
the associates. I think the most insightful part has been
having access to judges to have pretty candid conversations about their thoughts on law
and the cases we were seeing, which I think is access that I’ve certainly not had anywhere
else and is really interesting because you get to ask questions that might have been
on your mind a lot about law and they’re pretty forthright in their answers, it’s
been great. If you’re fair dinkum about the law and
you really want to get involved and to want to meet judges and ask them whatever question
you like, you’ve got to get involved in this Court of Appeal taster placement. It’s
fantastic, it is a hands on experience you won’t get anywhere else and it could even
be life changing. So the Court of Appeal internship will run
again in semester two along with other opportunities that are facilitated by the Centre for Innovative
Justice, so stay connected with us and stay tuned.

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