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 barristersâ€™ negligence and the cause cÃ©lÃ¨bre 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 Peterâ€™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.
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 â€“ 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
The Ballad of Briginshaw
Down with Defamation!
Jeff Sherâ€™s Farewell
Ode to His Honour Judge Ross
Ode to His Honour Judge Gebhardt
IN OTHER LANDS
A Last Hurrah â€“ Privy Council Days
Law in Vanuatu
Canada and Quebec
The Travellerâ€™s Return
Away Down South in Dixie
The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Justice Antonin Scalia
Abraham Lincoln â€“ Patent Lawyer
How Judges Think
A Night at the Kingâ€™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
Bracket (â€œBracketâ€) Creep