The judge who presided over some of Australia’s most controversial cases and his career as a lawyer, barrister and social justice advocate From a very young age Michael Finnane had a righteous sense of injustice and, despite growing up in a family with no legal background, he set his sights on becoming a barrister. With a career as a barrister and judge spanning nearly fifty years, in The Pursuit of Justice he provides rare insights into the judicial process from both sides of the Bench. Michael Finnane came to public attention as the judge who presided over the Skaf gang-rape trials. These trials moved the public so much that he received letters of support from interstate and overseas, including from victims of gang rape. He considers the impact of sometimes horrifying cases on all who are involved, including those who preside over them, and what should be done in sentencing the perpetrators of the most heinous crimes. Throughout his life Michael Finnane has also been involved in campaigning for social justice both in Australia and overseas; from the treatment of the disadvantaged by the legal system – particularly Aboriginal people – to long-standing efforts to fight the causes of poverty and injustice in Sri Lanka by promoting fair trade, and highlighting the impact of climate change in the Pacific.
Category: Memoir, Autobiography
Publisher: New Holland
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 30 mm