Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Edelsten judgment (Beach J): possibly the best opening of any judgment ever.

In the matter of Norman South Pty Ltd & Anor v da Silva [2012] VSC 477, Justice Beach heard a breach of confidence claim. 

I won't go into any detail of the case in this post, other to extract the opening paragraph which states: 'A little over 13 years ago, Brooking J commenced a judgment with the statement “Titus Oates was the greatest perjurer that ever lived”.[1] Self-evidently, his Honour was not the trial judge in the present proceeding.'

Possibly one of the best opening lines to a judgment I have read. 

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