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Inbrief

Legislation to note: Acts commencing on Friday, 21 December 2007

The Crimes Amendment (Consent – Sexual Assault Offences) Act 2007 and the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment Act 2007 will commence on 1 January 2008.�More information >

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Judicial appointments

Paul Ivan Lakatos SC has been appointed�as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales,�effective 30 January 2008.

Magistrate Ian Phillip Barnett has been reappointed as an acting...

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Law Council Supports UN Vote to Halt Executions

The Law Council has welcomed a landmark resolution by the United Nations which calls for an immediate moratorium on executions as a first step towards the universal abolition of the death penalty.

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Swearing in of Lucy McCallum

Lucy McCallum SC will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court at a formal ceremony in the Banco Court at **9.30am on Wednesday, 30 January 2008. **

19 December 2007

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Papers to note: Jury Research and Practice Conference

The 2007 Jury Research and Practice Conference was held on 11 December at Parliament House in Sydney. The keynote address was delivered by the Hon James Wood AO QC. Other papers�may be obtained...

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Try eFiling to avoid building disruptions at the Federal Court registry

During January 2008 there will be extensive building work and noise in the Law Courts Building in Queens Square which may affect the Federal Court�registry.� Any urgent court hearings are...

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Position vacant: public defender

**$213,040 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $15,840 per annum

**The Honourable John Hatzistergos MLC, attorney general, is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for...

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Position vacant: crown prosecutor

$213,040 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $15,840 per annum.

The Honourable John Hatzistergos MLC, attorney general, is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment...

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Perram SC to join Bar Council

A�vacancy has arisen on the Bar Council as a result of the appointment of McCallum SC to the Supreme Court.� McCallum SC gave formal notice of her resignation from the Bar Council to the...

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Reminder: new procedures in the NSW Court of Appeal

The new Court of Appeal Rules (UCPR Pt 51) commenced on 1 January 2008.� Accompanying Court of Appeal forms (UCPR 101 to 106) can be located at the Attorney-General’s Department's UCPR web...

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Essential Christmas reading for the Bar

Bar News Summer 07/08 edition is out now. All chambers with a nominated DX address should have received copies by today. Members interstate or overseas should receive their copy shortly. If your...

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In Brief to scale down next week

In Brief will suspend its daily publication in the lead up to World Youth Day. The normal�service will resume on� Monday, 21 July 2008. During the week, occasional In Briefs will be...

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Recent House of Lords decisions

The following opinions of the lords of appeal�are available on the House of Lords web site:

Saber (AP) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)�[2007] UKHL...

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Redesigned civil forms

The Uniform Rules Committee has approved redesigned civil forms for use from:

>> 1 January 2008 in relation to forms relating to the Court of Appeal, and >> 29 January 2008 (commencement of Law...

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Judge Ken Taylor appointed privacy commissioner

His Honour Judge Ken Taylor has been appointed as the new privacy commissioner for New South Wales, Attorney General John Hatzistergos announced yesterday. Learn more >

13 December 2007

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Appointments to the New South Wales Supreme Court

Lucy McCallum SC has been appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW, while the Hon�Justice Virginia Bell will move to the Court of Appeal. Justice Bell, who has been a Supreme Court judge since...

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Papers to note: dust diseases claims resolution data

In response to a review of the dust diseases claims resolution process, the New South Wales Government now publishes data�on the operation of the CRP every 12 months.��Dust Diseases...

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Commencement of certain legislation

The Bail Amendment Act 2007 will commence on 14 December 2007.�The Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Amendment Act 2007 and the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities)...

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Supreme Court takes steps to prevent identity theft

The Supreme Court has issued a policy on the anonymisation of personal information that is recorded in transcripts and judgments to prevent identity theft from litigants, witnesses and�accused...

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Retirement of the Hon Justice Santow AO

The Hon Justice Santow AO will retire as a judge of appeal of the Supreme Court on 31 December 2007. A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in the Banco Court at 9.30am tomorrow, 14...

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Vale the Honorable Gordon Samuels AC CVO QC (1923-2007)

The Hon Gordon Samuels AC CVO QC, former Governor of New South Wales, Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and President of the New South Wales Bar Association, died on Monday, 10...

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Life membership for Michael Slattery QC

On 29 November 2007 the Bar Council resolved by acclamation that Michael Slattery QC, the association’s immediate past-president, be appointed a life member of the Bar Association for his...

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New Land and Environment Court Rules

The Land and Environment Court Rules 2007 commence today, following their gazettal. The object of these Rules is to repeal and remake the Land and Environment Court Rules 1996 in connection with the...

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Provisions of the Criminal Legislation Amendment Act 2007 commence today

The following provisions of the Criminal Legislation Amendment Act 2007 commence today, following their gazettal.

_Criminal Procedure Act 1986: _to make further provision for pre-trial disclosure...

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