J’accuse: but to the civil standard of proof

Most people – and hopefully all lawyers – will be familiar with the idea that criminal allegations must (ordinarily) be proved beyond reasonable doubt, whereas matters in a civil dispute need only be proved on the balance of probabilities. But what about cases which are not criminal, but involve serious allegations of wrongdoing? This often …

Appealing from decisions of the Magistrates’ Court, VCAT and the AAT: what is a question of law? Haritos v Commissioner of Taxation [2015] FCAFC 92; (2015) 322 ALR 254

It is often taken for granted that if a litigant is dissatisfied with a decision at the end of a trial or hearing, the litigant has a right of appeal to correct errors in the decision. But a right of appeal only exists if a statute provides for one. It then needs to be ascertained …