Australia’s first High Court blog launched in Melbourne

July 31, 2013

     
high-court-blog-melbourne-law-school

By David Scott

The first comprehensive Australian academic legal blog dedicated to the proceedings of Australia’s High Court, Opinions On High – High Court Blog, has been launched at the University of Melbourne.

Opinions on High based at Melbourne Law School will be the first academic law blog in Australia to provide free, up to date public commentary on the major decisions of Australia’s highest court. 

The High Court hands down approximately sixty decisions each year affecting the lives of many Australians. The blog has launched with opinion posts on major decisions in 2013.

Associate Dean (Engagement) Professor Miranda Stewart said the blog was aimed at delivering a timely, interesting and accessible resource on the court.  “For interested members of the community, as well as legal professionals and scholars, this will be a forum for lively discussion about High Court decisions.”

“This is a great opportunity for us to contribute to community legal education, and to do it in a way that goes beyond the traditional restraints of formal journals.”

“We’re hopeful that the blog will fill a gap in the Australian legal education landscape but also the local legal blogging scene, and will deepen the public’s knowledge of our highest court.”

The new site draws inspiration from some blogs already in place for the leading courts in New Zealand, the United States and Canada, while developing those initiatives further.

As well as posting expert comment on court decisions, the Opinions on High blog will maintain regularly updated resource pages for all pending cases, and will include features, such as interviews with former Justices.  Commentary will not just be by academic staff, with students, alumni and experts from the profession also involved in dissecting various cases.

Dean of Melbourne Law School Professor Carolyn Evans said the faculty was well positioned to provide expertise on the court.  “Melbourne Law School has the breadth of expertise that allows us to write on a wide range of cases and we are looking forward to engaging more directly with the public to raise understanding of these important areas of law.’

The Law School was this year ranked fifth in the world by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2013 World University Rankings by subject.

The blog is available now at http://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/opinionsonhigh