TLF ID R10294
This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel outlining the general procedure for a trial before a judge in Australia. Merkel explains the elements of pleadings, cross-examination of witnesses and final submissions to the judge. He also outlines the way in which a judge prepares and writes a judgement and he talks about how the judgement can be appealed in higher courts. Merkel says that different views are possible on legal issues and it would be a 'terrible mistake' for a judge to be upset at having been overruled on appeal. The recording was made in December 2008.