The Litigation Myth. "Litigation: Past and Present" by Wilfrid Priest and Sharyn Roach Anleu (eds) and "Slapping on the Writs: Defamation, Developers and Community Activism" by Brian Walters. [review]
Despite the methodological issues inherent in research into the history of litigation, the findings of the contributors in "Litigation: Past and Present" are nonetheless significant and serve to undermine contemporary reports about litigation rates. To this extent, the book is an important contribution to a current debate. "Slapping on the Writs" provides a highly useful and accessible general overview of the law of defamation in Australia, including a helpful glossary. Each of these books makes a welcome contribution to current debates concerning litigation in Australia.