Excursions in the Law
Desert Pea Press, $59.95 hb, 282 pp
What’s on a judge’s mind? Litigants and advocates would love to know. Former judge Peter Heerey answers that question in his latest book, a compendium of writing over many years, covering a vast array of topics and in myriad forms.
Heerey displays his abiding affection for his Tasmanian roots with an essay on the Tasmanian member of the group of authors of the Australian Constitution, Andrew Inglis Clark. He then shifts into high gear with commentary on the famous case of Professor Orr of the University of Tasmania, who was sacked for having a sexual relationship with an eighteen-year-old student. Orr challenged the dismissal. His case, somewhat amazingly, ended up in the High Court, which dismissed his appeal.