Social distancing: High Court warns on contact with the Judge during litigation

The High Court has delivered a stark reminder to practitioners that there should be no contact with a Judge except in "the most exception of cases" or with the consent of all parties to the litigation (Charisteas v Charisteas [2021] HCA 29). Parties who fail to meet that standard risk costly, time-consuming bias allegations that can up-end a case. It's not just a rule for barristers and solicitors – witnesses and in-house counsel also need show caution in casual contacts with Judges and...