Prima Facie a podcast about law, order, and legal issues.
About This Show
Prima Facie is a fortnightly law & order podcast, hosted by an actual real life ex Victoria Police officer and an actual real life lawyer.
Both hosts are incredibly witty, handsome, charming and very, very modest, or maybe not but they do know a lot about the law, a lot. Ron was an actual detective in the Victoria Police Force and David wasn't, but has always wanted to be but has to settle with the fact that he is a lawyer admitted to practice in the state of Victoria.
Since we both come from different law "worlds" discussion is often (maybe almost always) fiery, and whatever you do, don't mention Uber...
Most Recent Episode
Ep 34 - Trump, Brexit, End of Days?
After the monumental referendum in June to leave the European Union, members of parliament now need to vote to trigger BREXIT. David explains the Lisbon Treaty, and what it has to do with Britain’s exit from the EU.
Listener feedback this week! David and Ron discuss the admissibility of CCTV evidence in criminal and civil cases, and a listener takes David to task about case law R v Brown discussed in episode 33.
There’s a push to have begging removed from the Summary Offences Act in Victoria. Originally contained in the Vagrancy Act 1966, “beg alms” is still an offence carrying a penalty of up to 12 months imprisonment. But fifty years since this legislation was enacted, should begging be considered a social welfare issue rather than a matter worthy of criminal prosecution?
Ron was fortunate to attend an “in-conversation” with the two defence lawyers featured in the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer. Ron recounts some aspects of the investigation which weren’t included in the documentary. Importantly, is the case a unique product of the United States judicial system, or could something like this happen anywhere?
Also last week, a man tried to “citizen’s arrest” a judge in the Supreme Court during an application to evict squatters. The application didn’t end well for anyone.
And David takes umbrage with Ron’s failure to vote in Melbourne’s recent council elections.