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Inbrief

Gray's Inn is updating its records

The treasurer of Gray's Inn for 2008, the Hon Michael J Beloff QC, is updating the database of members. If you were called to the Bar by Gray's Inn, he would be grateful if you could contact him via...

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General federal law registry

The Federal Magistrates Court has issued a notice for litigants & practitioners filing in�the Federal Magistrates Court – General Law. A registry�commenced operation on 29 January 2008...

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Speeches to note: Jack Straw on a UK Bill of Rights

Debate about a Charter of Rights is gathering pace in Australia. Meanwhile,�in the United Kingdom, the Right Hon Jack Straw MP, lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice, has built...

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Wanted: volunteer legal adviser in the Philippines

Australian Business Volunteers is currently seeking an experienced volunteer legal advisor to work with�a client in the Philippines.� ABV is an AusAID funded international development...

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Legislation to note: Road Transport Legislation (Breath Testing and Analysis) Act 2007 No 99

The provisions of the Road Transport Legislation (Breath Testing and Analysis) Act 2007 commenced on 25 January 2008.�The purpose of the Act, as provided in the explanatory notes, is...

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Tom Bathurst QC elected president of the Australian Bar Association

Tom Bathurst QC was elected president of the Australian Bar Association on�Wednesday, 30 January 2008. Office bearers in the ABA for 2008 are:�

President: Tom Bathurst QC Vice president:...

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NSW courts are keeping up with the workload

The New South Wales court system has been given a favourable report card by the Productivity Commission. The report on court administration is contained in Part C of the Productivity Commission's...

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No agency should be immune from public scrutiny: Law Council

Law Council President Ross Ray QC�has�cautioned�Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty�to be�be less focused on vilifying those who have exposed AFP shortcomings...

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CJ speech at the Law Society Opening of Law Term Dinner

The Hon JJ Spigelman AC, chief justice of New South Wales,�last night delivered his annual address to Law Society's Law Term Dinner. In his speech, the chief justice commented on the importance...

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2008 Committees: a message from the president

Below is a link to�the membership lists for the Bar Association's 2008 committees.

As happens every year, we have received an overwhelming number of offers to assist in the work of the...

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Reminder: swearing-in ceremony for Lucy McCallum, Wednesday, 30 January

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

**Attorney General Hatzistergos...

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Papers to note: Review of Periodic Detention

The NSW Sentencing Council has released a report on periodic detention. It concludes that due to uneven implementation�across the state and the resulting discriminatory impact, consideration...

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Council of Law Reporting for NSW has relocated

The Council of Law Reporting for NSW editorial office has re-located. Please update your records.

Council of Law Reporting for NSW Suite 23, Level 16, 327 Pitt St Sydney NSW 2000

New phone number:...

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Australia Day Honours: The Hon Susan Crennan AC

The Hon Justice Susan Crennan has been made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Australia Day Honours list. The award is for outstanding service to the law and the judiciary,...

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Call for submissions on copyright exemptions

The Australian Government is reviewing the operation of two new copyright exceptions that permit ‘format shifting’. These exceptions are sections 47J and 110AA of the Copyright Act 1968...

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Reminder: Lakatos swearing-in

Paul Lakatos SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on **Monday,�4 February, 2008 at 9.30 a.m. **in Court 21 John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

President Anna...

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Bar Library - Hours of operation during renovation

The Bar Library will continue to operate from the Common Room whilst renovations are finalised on 11 February 2008.�The Library will be open to offer a limited service from 8am to 6pm.

There...

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Reminder: memorial service for Kenneth Grenville Gee QC (1916 – 2008)

Retired judge, Kenneth Gee QC died on Sunday 20 January 2008. A memorial service for Gee QC will be held at St James Church, 173 King Street, Sydney tomorrow,�Tuesday, 5 February 2008 at 9.30...

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Filming on Philip Street

A television commercial�will be filmed on Phillip Street between Martin Place & King Street on Saturday, 19 January, from approximately 5am through to 10am.

Production vehicles and trucks will...

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Legislation to note: Crimes Amendment (Sexual Procurement or Grooming of Children) Act 2007

The Crimes Amendment (Sexual Procurement or Grooming of Children) Act 2007 commenced today,�18 January 2008.The object of the Act is to make it an offence for an adult to procure or groom a...

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Appointments to the New South Wales Supreme Court

The Hon Acting Justice Handley AO�has been reappointed as a judge and a judge of appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 29 January 2008 and expiring on 28...

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2008 CPD Mini Conferences

Registrations are open for the 2008 NSW Bar Association CPD Regional Conferences. The�six CPD conferences will take place during February and March 2008. Full attendance at any of the...

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Remaining Law Term religious services

The Jewish service to mark the opening of Law Term will take place on **Friday, 1 February 2008 at 5.30pm **in the Great Synagogue, 166 Castlereagh Street.

The pan-Orthodox service to mark the...

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2008 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA(AB)) invite applications for the 2008 Peter Nygh Hague Conference...

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Fees owed to counsel

Pursuant to s623(2) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW), Andrew Brown has been appointed manager of the following practice:�

John Lander and Associates

Counsel with outstanding fees should...

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