By the Editor, Tim Castle

This special edition volume celebrates the tenth anniversary of Chief Justice James Spigelman AC, through an edited selection of his public speeches delivered over the last decade.


Against the background of ever-present change, Spigelman CJ has systematically expounded the virtue of the rule of law and marked out the importance of our legal institutions as part of the Australian government compact.


With his magnificent eye for principle, combined with a deep understanding of law, economics and the challenges of public life, this collection of speeches is a must read for lawyers, academics, students and  all those interested in public affairs.


Speeches are a public performance designed to engage with and entertain audiences. None of that originality is lost in this edition, which has been carefully arranged and edited by Sydney lawyer and historian Tim Castle.


Book Launch

Wed 10 December 2008 at 5pm

Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court Building, Queen Square, Sydney

Speeches of a Chief Justice will be launched by Lord Thomas Bingham of Cornhill, KG, PC, FBA, on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 5pm in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court Building, Queen Square, Sydney, with drinks afterwards in the foyer. This event is open to all members of the legal profession and interested members of the public [more information].

RSVP is not essential but you may register your interest by purchasing a copy of the book click here