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2 down, 4 to go

Posted by peggyhora on April 1, 2010

How did the end of week two get here so fast?  Tuesday I had a good meeting with the Chief Judge and two other judges of the District Court then, at the end of the day, I met with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators.  Wednesday morning I met with Youth Court Presiding Judge Steve McEwen and Magistrate Penny Eldrige about the family treatment court project.  I had lunch with folks who run a program that takes prisoners about to be released and uses them to work on state park land.  In the afternoon we had the first partners’ meeting of this residency and it was well-attended.  I reported on events that occurred in the last six months and what was planned for this second half.  It was good to see everyone.  Wednesday evening Ingrid Haythorpe invited me to her home where I got to see her children, Remy and Laura, whom I had met last time.  We read books and watched Thomas the Tank Engine.  They were impressed I knew who Percy was.  Today, the last day of the week since Good Friday is a holiday here, was chock full of meetings about the unified famiy court with people from Canberra, the chief prosecutor for child abuse, Minister Jennifer Rankine whose portfolio includes Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing and Disability.  We were very much on the same page on the Youth Court and juvenile justice issues. I dashed from the meeting with the minister to grab a quick salad before a radio interview on 5AA with Amanda Blair, a self-confessed prison junkie.  She was incredibly flattering on the air and announced my public lecture about seven times.  The day ended with a meeting with Chris Eccles, the Chief Executive of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.  It was great to reacquaint myself with him and tell him what I was thinking about.  Tonight I’m doing some laundry and packing for a four-day trip to Tasmania because Monday is also a holiday.  I’m staying at a beautiful hotel right on the harbor and have three sightseeing tours booked.  I’m meeting the state Chief Magistrate and his wife for dinner on Saturday and regret I could not work out doing a training for his judges.  One other magistrate may be able to join us.  I’m looking forward to a four-day rest where I can read my trashy novel (the book after “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and work just a little.


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One Week Down — Yikes!

Posted by peggyhora on March 27, 2010

Friday was another busy, busy day.  I never made it into the office. I was the keynote speaker at the South Australian Law Society conferece. It’s a 3,000 member bar association.  The meeting was kicked off by Chief Justic John Doyle who very kindly mentioned my work.  The conference title, “Smart Justice,” was taken from my residency.  My session was chaired by Justice Robyn Layton and Professor Richard Balfour spoke about the high incidence of hearing impairment in the APY Lands (the traditional Aboriginal community) and the implications for the legal system.  Certainly something I had never thought about.  I spoke about the Family Treatment Drug Court and the Chief Judge of the Youth Court, Steven McEwen, was in attendance.  Later in the afternoon I’m told he spoke and reiterated much of what I had to say.  After lunch I left to have a much-anticipated meeting with Monsignor David Cappo, Commissioner for Social Inclusion.  Our one hour meeting stretched to 90 minutes as we had much to discuss.  I think I am safe in saying our thoughts and ideas are quite compatible.  I got home to rest for one hour then met Sue King and her husband Andrew at my apartment and we walked over to the Cinema where we attended the premiere of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” a fundraiser for OXFAM.  The movie tracked the book quite well and the actress who played Lisbeth was absolutely perfect.  The scenes of the little town of horrors were spectacular and I was on the edge of my seat several times.  After the movie and not winning the raffle prizes, we repaired to the Belgian Beer Cafe Oostende for a late supper.  Andrew had a beautiful fish stew, Sue and her friend Mike had fishcakes and frittes and I had their gnocci in a pancetta sauce.  Heavenly potato pillows in a smokey light cream sauce.  Delish!  Saturday morning I was back at the Law Society conference for a public speech which went very well.  I then dashed off to the Central Market which  readers from last fall may remember as a foodie’s nirvana.  I toted home a spinach and tomato quiche; half barbeque chicken; salad fixings; some lovely cheeses; fruit, including some incredible figs; tinylamb chops and a jalapeno bagel with Danish butter for tomorrow’s breakfast.  Love that place.  I had pretty much exhaused what Pamela had laid in for me upon my arrival last week.  Seven days ago?  Oh, my.  I’m having dinner with a friend from Sydney tonight — Astrid Birgden who is the warden of the mandatory treatment jail or gaol I’m going to tour when I get up the New South Wales near the end of my visit.  Sunday will definitely be a day of rest, reflection and maybe cracking into the second book after “Tattoo” lent to me by Ingrid Haythorpe.  Before I know it it will be Monday morning again and it’s of to the races.  Week two doesn’t look any less busy than this first one.

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