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CONSTITUTIONAL  CENTRE TWILIGHT LECTURE TO COMMEMORATE THE 800TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAGNA CARTA
 

Inside Magna Carta

The Hon Nicholas Hasluck AM, QC


With an introduction by Hon. Michael Mischin MLC  Attorney General, Minister for Commerce


WEDNESDAY  3 JUNE 2015
6PM – 7.15 PM

On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta this lecture will look at the Great Charter’s relevance to rights and freedoms today.
The essence of the Magna Carta’s achievement with respect to the administration of justice can be glimpsed in a paraphrasing of its most famous clauses. No free man shall be imprisoned or ruined except by the lawful judgment of his peers, or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice. Moreover, all these aforesaid customs and liberties shall be observed by all of our kingdom.
The rule of law is reflected in principles derived from the Great Charter. These are thought to be characteristic of western democracies including parliamentary democracy and judicial independence.
In making laws parliament is responsive to public opinion. To what extent, if any, is the rule of law affected by shifts in public opinion? The practices of government agencies and even courts can sometimes be influenced by unwritten rules and current orthodoxies.
In order to assess the operation of the rule of law in contemporary times – an era characterised by rapid shifts in public opinion and protests voiced by social media – lawyers may have to look beyond the conventional wisdom and take account of changing practices.

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