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Inbrief

Refurbishment of Parramatta Local Court

The planned refurbishment of Parramatta Local Court�will commence in July 2008. As a result, alternative listing arrangements are necessary. Effective Monday, 7 July 2008, the following...

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New South Wales Government reducing discounts for guilty pleas

The NSW Government will introduce new legislation to restrict discounts offered to defendants in return for guilty pleas. Under the legislation introduced into the parliament today, defendants will...

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Federalism under the microscope in Brisbane

Brisbane will play host in July to an international panel of experts to discuss the major challenges and opportunities for federal systems around the world. Under the patronage of the Hon Sir Gerard...

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2008 Bench and Bar Dinner invitation - RSVPs close today

The president and Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association and the judiciary to the 2008 Bench and Bar Dinner. The guest of honour is the Hon...

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Federal Magistrates Court notice of change to duty lists procedure in Wollongong Circuit

Federal Magistrate Altobelli will implement on a trial basis new duty list procedures, commencing with matters listed for a first return date on 20 August 2008. The changes also constitute part of a...

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Ceremonial sitting for the swearing-in of Magistrate Michelle Goodwin

On Monday, 7 April 2008 there will be a�ceremonial sitting of the Local Court�for the swearing-in of Michelle Goodwin as a magistrate.�It will take place at...

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Papers to note: Diversionary and Other Intervention Programmes, by Chief Magistrate Henson

On 14 February�2008 Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson presented at the Bar Association's�Sydney Mini-Conference�a paper entitled Diversionary and Other Intervention Programmes within the...

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Native title system gridlocked, says Tom Calma

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma has warned that 15 years after the Native Title Act was passed, the�system�had become�too complex, too...

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Standing Committee of Attorneys-General reports on its first meeting under the Rudd government

On�Friday, 28 March the Standing Committee of Attorneys‑General held its first meeting��since the November 2007 election.�The SCAG held discussions on over 30 matters of...

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Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of FCR:

Rainsford v Victoria�[2007] FCA 1059�Sundberg� Mayne Industries Pty Ltd v Advanced Engineering Group Pty Ltd... Read more >

Cases selected for reporting in CLR by J D Merralls QC

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of CLR:

Bennett v Commonwealth [2007] HCA 18 SZAYW v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs [2006] HCA 49 Z v...

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Diarise for next week: general meeting of the New South Wales Bar

A general meeting of the Bar will take place at 5.15pm in the Common Room on Monday, 7 April 2008 to discuss the proposed changes to Barristers’ Rules concerning cross-examination.

In...

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Identity theft being targeted

Minister for Justice Bob Debus has released a report which examines the nature, impact, extent and cost of identity crime, as well as the response of other countries to the problem. Mr Debus says he...

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Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill

While the debate over a Charter of Rights for NSW gathers momentum, the�Governance of Britian initiative has been busy preparing a Constitutional Renewal Bill. That draft has just been released...

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Drink and Food Spiking Act commences tomorrow

The�Crimes Amendment (Drink and Food Spiking)�Act 2008 will commence�**tomorrow, 28 March 2008. **The�object of this Act is to amend the Crimes Act 1900�to create a new...

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2008 Bench and Bar Dinner invitation

The president and Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association and the judiciary to the 2008 Bench and Bar Dinner. The guest of honour is the Hon...

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A message from the president

Today’s press, together with a number of radio programmes, featured a story on the findings of a NSW Audit Office report titled Efficiency of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions... Read more >

Review of the Legislative Instruments Act

Attorney-General Robert McClelland�has announced the establishment of a committee to review the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. The committee will shortly release an issues paper and will be...

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Make law week 2008 a special week by giving blood and saving lives

You can help improve and save the lives of fellow Australians.�Twenty-one thousand�blood donations are needed during Law Week 2008, to assist people with people with major medical...

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US Supreme Court decision on arbitration

The United States Supreme Court has handed down a decision on judicial review of arbitration agreements. According the the ABA Journal, the court ruled that parties to an arbitration agreement may...

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Audit Office report on the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

The Audit Office of New South Wales has tabled in parliament its report titled Efficiency of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The�auditor identified�what he described as...

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Wanted: volunteers for the Duty Barrister Scheme

The Duty Barrister Scheme is calling on senior members of the bar to cover shortfalls in the roster by volunteering one day of their time. Without reinforcements, the scheme will not be able to...

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Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of FCR:

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship v Sok�[2008] FCAFC 18�French, Lindgren, Jacobson

Transport Worker's Union of...

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Treasury review of structured settlements

The Commonwealth Department of the Treasury commissioned Alan Cameron AM to assess the effectiveness of�Division 54 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, which�provides an income tax...

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Community Open Day at the Parramatta Justice Precinct

The Attorney General’s Department host an open day at its new corporate headquarters at the Parramatta Justice Precinct. Free events on the day include a will making seminar by the Public...

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