Inbrief

Distinguished speakers to present papers on justice in Indigenous communities

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Rex Wild QC, former DPP for the Northern Territory and co-chair of the NT Government's Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse, will be�one of�the many...

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Opening Address and Closing Argument Workshop Series

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‘Opening Address and Closing Argument’ will be the focus of a workshop series being held at the Bar Association in October. The workshops�are designed to build�practical skills in...

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New security screening introduced in ACT courts and tribunals

New 'airport-style' security measures will be introduced today at courts and tribunals in the Australian Capital Territory.�ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell said: "From today, all people...

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Appointment of new ICAC inspector

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The New South Wales Government�today announced the appointment of former District Court judge�Harvey Cooper as the inspector of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Mr Cooper...

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Nominations for election of the 2009 Bar Council

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Nomination forms for election of the 2009 Bar Council were posted on Friday 26 September to all members of the Bar Association eligible to nominate or be nominated.� Any member who has not...

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Opposition calls for review of Bail Act

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Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Justice Greg Smith SC has called on the New South Wales Government to conduct a full review of the Bail Act 1978.

“Section 36C of the Bail Act...

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Papers to note: Evidence Amendment Bill 2008

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The Senate�Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has tabled its report on the Evidence Amendment Bill 2008. On 18 June 2008, the Senate referred the provisions of...

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Victorian WorkCover review released for consultation

The first independent review into Victoria’s workers compensation legislation in over 20 years was released for community consultation today. The inquiry, conducted by�Peter Hanks QC,...

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Abolition of electronic lodgement fee in family law matters from 1 October 2008

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The Legal Aid NSW Board has approved the abolition of the Electronic Lodgement Fee (“ELF”) payable to private legal practitioners in Commonwealth family law matters. The ELF was introduced...

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NSW Government examining appeals from the Local Court

Attorney General John Hatzistergos�is considering 17 recommendations on changes to the�management of court appeals and reviews,�contained in an Attorney General's Department report on...

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Changes to compensation for victims of unlawful discrimination

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The maximum compensation pay-out for victims of unlawful discrimination will more than double under legislation introduced into the New South Wales Parliament today. Attorney General John...

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New South Wales Government adopts equitable briefing policy

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The New South Wales Government has formally adopted�the Equitable Briefing Policy for Female Barristers and Advocates. This policy, formulated by the Law Council of Australia, shall be "applied...

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EPLA Conference, Bangalow, 17-18 October

The Environment and Planning Law Association (NSW) is holding its 2008 annual conference in the heritage village of Bangalow in the Northern Rivers hinterland on 17-18 October. The speakers at the...

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Sexual assault trials: has the pendulum swung too far against the accused?

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At forthcoming�International Criminal Law Congress, Daily Telegraph journalist Lisa Davies will join Stephen Odgers SC and Margaret Cunneen SC for what is sure to be a lively panel discussion on...

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Facilities at King Street and Darlinghurst Court complexes

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In response to approaches from the Bar Association, the NSW Attorney General’s Department has provided details of the rooms available for practitioners at King Street and Darlinghurst Court...

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Bar Council election timetable

Governance

This circular serves as a preliminary notice for the forthcoming election of the 2010 Bar Council. The election timetable includes dates for opening and closing of nominations, as well as...

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Reminder: 2008 Hal Wootten Lecture to be held on 16 October 2008

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The 2008 Hal Wootten Lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten AC QC.�His topic will be�‘Living in the Law'; a personal account�of�the perennial challenges...

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Fees owed to counsel - Avondale Lawyers

Pursuant to s623(2) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW), the Law Society of New South Wales has appointed a�manager to the law practice of **Avondale Lawyers, 25 O'Connell Street, Parramatta....

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On top of the new parenting laws, the NSW Government has reformed almost 50 other laws that extend equal rights and obligations to de-facto couples.

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Annual indexation of non-economic loss under the Civil Liability Act 2002

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Pursuant to s17(1) of�the Civil Liability Act 2002, the maximum amount relating to�non-economic loss has been increased from $442,000 to $450,000, effective�1 October 2008. An order to...

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Bench and Bar v Solicitors chess match

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The Bench and Bar v Solicitors chess match for the Terry Shaw Shield is to be played on 16 October at 5.45 pm.� If you are interested in playing please contact Gordon McGrath at...

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National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference, 14-15 November 2008

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The Law Council of Australia and the National Pro Bono Resource Centre have teamed up again to host the second National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference, to be held on 14 and 15 November...

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