Tuckiar v The King
|Tuckiar v The King|
|Court||High Court of Australia|
|Decided||8 November 1934|
|Citation(s)|| HCA 49, (1934) 52 CLR 335|
|Judges sitting||Gavan Duffy CJ, Starke, Dixon, Evatt and McTiernan JJ|
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Tuckiar v The King is a landmark Australian judgment of the High Court. The matter examined the behaviour of the judge and lawyers in the trial of Dhakiyarr (Tuckiar) and has become a case study in and raises many issues for legal ethics regarding instructions by Judges and the behaviour of defence counsel and the treatment of Aboriginals before the Justice System.
Dhakiyarr (Tuckiar) Wirrpanda, a Yolngu Aboriginal man living a traditional life, was sentenced to death in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for the murder by spearing of Constable Albert McColl on an island off Arnhem Land. McColl had gone to Arnhem Land with a police party to apprehend some Aboriginals thought to have killed the crew of a Japanese pearling lugger. When he was killed, McColl had been handcuffed to Djappari, a wife of Dhakiyarr.
On the way home from the appeal Dhakiyarr was himself murdered by unknown assailants.
In an act of reconciliation, 38 descendants of Constable McColl, and around 200 descendants of Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda attended a 2003 ceremony in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin. This was chronicled in the 2004 film 'Dhakiyarr vs the King' by Tom Murray and Allan Collins, a film that went on to win the NSW Premier's History Award and be selected for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
- Tuckiar v The King  HCA 49, (1934) 52 CLR 335
- Producer: Dr Tom Murray (2013-06-07). "Tuckier (Dhakiyarr) v the King and Territory". Hindsight. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National.
- Ted Egan (1996) Justice All Their Own. Melbourne University Press.
- Tom Murray and Allan Collins, Dhakiyarr vs the King. Film Australia 2004.
The Forbes Society. "TUCKIAR v THE KING (1934) (Chronology)" (PDF). Retrieved 20 June 2012.
High Court of Australia. "Tuckiar v R (1934) 52 CLR 335". Retrieved 20 June 2012.
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