Proctor : August 2019
42 PROCTOR | August 2019 BY SUPREME COURT LIBRARIAN DAVID BRATCHFORD Exploring the library collection We are continually adding to our print and online collections to make sure you have access to the latest legal publications. Visit catalogue.sclqld.org.au to browse our collections. Did you know? We offer free training and support in accessing and using our collections. Contact us (sclqld.org.au/contact-us) for a refresher on searching the library catalogue and using the most relevant subscriptions and resources for your legal research. New acquisitions By what authority? Criminal law in colonial New South Wales 1788–1861 Eugene Schofield- Georgeson Australian Scholarly Publishing By what authority? makes a ground- breaking new case for a history of Australian criminal law from the ‘bottom-up’. It does so by weaving together fascinating episodes of violence, protest, courtroom drama and colonial governance. For most people in the penal colony of New South Wales, criminal law was a brutal instrument of political coercion. It was also a part of daily life. In this sense, the law and its procedure were sometimes wielded by unlikely advocates in ways that not only reformed the law but transformed the social and political life of the colony. Eugene Schofield-Georgeson argues that the reform of criminal law in the colony owed as much to the agitation and resistance of working-class radicals, an early labour movement, and in some cases Aboriginal people, as it did to the judges, barristers and politicians who officiated over legal change. Ctrl + Z: The right to be forgotten Meg Leta Jones New York University Press Meg Leta Jones offers us a gripping insight into the digital debate over data ownership, permanence and policy. ‘This is going on your permanent record!’ is a threat that has never held more weight than it does in the Internet Age, when information lasts indefinitely. The ability to make good on that threat is as democratised as posting a tweet or writing a blog. Data about us is created, shared, collected, analysed, and processed at an overwhelming scale. The damage caused can be severe, affecting relationships, employment, academic success and any number of other opportunities – and it can also be long lasting. One possible solution to this threat? A digital right to be forgotten, which would in turn create a legal duty to delete, hide, or anonymise information at the request of another user. The highly controversial right has been criticised as a repugnant affront to principles of expression and access, as unworkable as a technical measure, and as effective as trying to put the cat back in the bag. Ctrl + Z breaks down the debate and provides guidance for a way forward. It argues that the existing perspectives are too limited, offering easy forgetting or none at all. By looking at new theories of privacy and organising the many potential applications of the right, law and technology, scholar Meg Leta Jones offers a set of nuanced choices. To help us choose, she provides a digital information lifecycle, reflects on particular legal cultures, and analyses international interoperability. In the end, the right to be forgotten can be innovative, liberating, and globally viable. YOUR LIBRARY District Court of Queensland: 60 years new Have you visited our latest legal heritage exhibition? District Court of Queensland: 60 years new is now in its final month. Visit the library before the end of August to see this fascinating display marking the 60th anniversary of the restoration of the District Court of Queensland. Open until 30 August Free entry, weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm Supreme Court Library Queensland Level 12, QEII Courts of Law Visit sclqld.org.au/QDC-60 for details. Upcoming events: Queensland Legal Yearbook 2018 The 14th edition of the Queensland Legal Yearbook provides an overview of noteworthy Queensland legal developments and events for 2018. Compiled and edited by the library, it features: • an introduction by Chief Justice Catherine Holmes • the Selden Society lecture series • a selection of Current Legal Issues seminars • other key speeches and papers • Queensland legal year in review • Queensland legal statistics • legal personalia Queensland Legal Yearbook 2018 is available to download in PDF and EPUB formats as well as print (subject to availability). Visit sclqld.org.au/ yearbook-2018 to order your free copy.