“The range of “risks” to which a will maker, his or her property, interested parties or members of the legal profession may be subject is probably infinite in its dimensions. Risk cannot be eliminated from life, or, it seems, from death.“ The Hon Justice Lindsay, Equity Division, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Seminar presentation …
Selections on the law, about the law; from the distant and not-so-distant past.
The Magna Carta, sealed under oath by King John at Runnymede, England in 1215, became part of English law, and subsequently adopted into Australian law.
The former Courthouse in Berry was designed by the colonial government architect James Barnet in the Greek Revival Style. No longer operating as a courthouse the building has been restored and is admirably surrounded by beautiful lush, formal gardens.
The website of the Berry Courthouse Conservation Committee contains information on the history of Berry Courthouse, the building and its restoration.
Inheritance and intergenerational transfer of property has concerned families and civilisations for centuries. Inheritance laws of the ancient city of Gortyn (Gortys), Crete were inscribed on stone in a public place in the fifth century. The Law Code of Gortyn is a written set of rules prescribing who inherits, among other private matters, so as to keep property in the male side of family.
“The Romans were also wont to set aside testaments as being inofficiosa, deficient in natural duty, if they disinherited or totally passed by (without assigning a true and sufficient reason) any of the children of the testator.”
Belonging to something speaks of being part of something, being included with others, among other things. A former Disability Discrimination Commissioner gave a speech in 1997 on “The Right to Belong” in the context of disability discrimination. Or we talk of belonging in the sense of our property and possessions belonging to us, with the right …
“Every person in [Australia] is required to live under and obey the law. [This is the rule of law.] Every person is entitled to use the law to protect their rights and interests.” From the South Australian Law Handbook ‘About’, online version, with adaptations and additions in brackets, Legal Services Commission, www.lsc.sa.gov.au.