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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Appear Before – Grant Lalor

By Zilog - 2 March 2008 22

The Canberra Times reports today (March 1 2008), inter alia, that;

“Justice Malcolm Gray upheld the appeal in the Supreme Court, and described Mr Lalor’s behaviour as indefensible.

He said the proceedings had been “coloured by the magistrate’s annoyance” at the fact that the lawyer representing Mr Roberts had arrived in court late, and without proper instructions from his client.

“In my view, it is not appropriate to disadvantage an accused person because of a judicial officer’s dissatisfaction with a lawyer’s conduct” Justice Gray said in his judgement.

In upholding Mr Roberts’ appeal against the sentence, Justice Gray said Mr Lalor’s conduct did not appear to “be at all defensible”.

He went on to say that … the magistrate had been potentially denying a fair trial to an accused”.

This former prosecutor never resiled from his former role, and continues to prosecute from the bench. Undoubtedly grounds for dismissal on the basis of mental incompetence. Over to you Stanhope. Are you pleased with yourself for having appointed this man in the face of widespread community unease, Mr Stanhope?

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Appear Before – Grant Lalor
Special G 7:30 pm 03 Mar 08

Not really CanberraResident – you elude to some horror story without backing it up with anything at all. no where when hows whys or whats – as I said make with the story.

If you are going to have a dig at someone at least back it up. From what I have seen of Lalor he is consistent and doesn’t take kindly to incompetance. If the lawyer didn’t present a good case as to why his client should get a slap on the wrist then he gets what he deserves.

Justice Grey on the other hand is a wet blanket in line with Higgins and quite happy for the current we love criminals and junkies stance that has been all to evident in the Supreme Court,

Grey has gone and stuck it to someone who actually has some balls to do the right thing by the community

CanberraResident 10:18 am 03 Mar 08

Special G, there are some very good anger management courses available? You need to book into one quick smart.

pug206gti 10:12 am 03 Mar 08

Lalor is a bit of a grump and doesn’t put up with disorganisation, but having appeared before him before, when he realised I was just green but still knew my stuff he was fine.

TAD 9:56 am 03 Mar 08
TAD 8:50 am 03 Mar 08

No typical cop anything. All observations, opinions and attitudes are my own.

shauno 3:33 am 03 Mar 08

Actually I don’t see the correlation between shouting some one down in the court room and showing a decent amount of intellect. In my industry you would quickly loose your job and have a reputation of being a dickhead. But that’s just my opinion.

farq 11:32 pm 02 Mar 08


farq 11:30 pm 02 Mar 08

Well it was typical! 🙂

el ......TECortina 2 11:22 pm 02 Mar 08

You brought it up with your ‘typical cop attitude’ crap, or don’t you remember your own comments?


farq 11:09 pm 02 Mar 08

Why is this about cops? I thought it was about a magisrate getting a serve?

The cops petulant attitude is what gets the ‘bashing’. With good cause.

Get back under your rock.

el ......TECortina 2 10:44 pm 02 Mar 08

More cop bashing with nothing to back it up?

farq 9:55 pm 02 Mar 08

Typical cop attitude from TAD and S’G, I swear it’s standard issue during indoctrination!

Special G 7:21 pm 02 Mar 08

Well CanberraResident – start rocking – or shut up and go crawl back under your rock.

CanberraResident 3:17 pm 02 Mar 08

You have no idea how happy it makes me to read this article about this particular magistrate. Finally … someone has seen what I saw years ago. My story would rock your world.

TAD 2:50 pm 02 Mar 08

I like Grant Lalor and to say he performs as another prosecutor is not correct as I’ve seen him rip into fools and clowns in his courtroom on both sides (including myself when giving evidence). I expect that Justice Gray would also have the shits if a defence solicitor arrived late without having received any instructions from his client.

Where is this “widespead community unease” you speak of? Lalor is one of the good ones and is well thought of. Don’t pretend that you represent the community on this one.

What is your involvement in this? Did the big cranky Magistate yell at you in court too?

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