Old Law, New Law follows the author's Lawyers Then and Now in offering a miscellany of genuine legal stories drawn from Australian legal history as well as its modern law. If there is any change of focus, this work looks at the people of the law through the prism of established or changing legal doctrines and processes.
The chapter headings will show that quirky humanity intrudes into the most doctrinaire of fields (such as statutory interpretation and tort law) and that law intrudes into every facet of human life (including food, drink and sex). As in the former work, there is much comparing of attitudes past and present, while observing the underlying constancy of human values and biases within every corner of the law.
Readers will discover:
Part 1: Men and Women 1. Women (and Men) in the Law 2. Matters Matrimonial 3. A Little Chapter about Sex Part 2: Essentials of Life 4. Food and Drink 5. Death and Taxes Part 3: Lawâ€™s Ways and Means 6. Statutes and Their Makers 7. Trials and Tribulations 8. Cut, Thrust and Contempt 9. Appeal Courts 10. How Judges Write and Reason 11. Getting Technical Part 4: Guarding Patches 12. Hierarchies and Precedents 13. The Rule of Law: Courts and the Executive Part 5: Public and Private Wrongs 14. Exclusionary Conduct: Colourful Aspects of Constitutional Law 15. Torts: Injuries to Body or Reputation