Inbrief

Web watch: LCA backgrounders on a charter of rights

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To assist individuals or organisations in preparing submissions on a charter of rights, or in simply finding out more about what it would mean, the Law Council has prepared a range of material,...

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Letter to the editor of the Daily Telegraph

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The following is the full text of an (unpublished) letter to the editor of the Daily Telegraph from President Anna Katzmann SC concerning Tuesday's story entitled "Sex Trials Warning".

Janet...

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Papers to note: BOCSAR report on clear up rates in sexual assault cases

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released a report into the decline in the clear up rate for sexual assault since the mid-1990s. The report cites a change in the profile of sexual...

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Papers to note: Judicial Reasoning: Art or Science?

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On 7 February 2009 the National Judicial College held its conference: "Judicial Reasoning, Art or Science?" Most of the papers delivered at the conference are now available online. Learn more>

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Legislation to note: Family Law Amendment Rules

The Family Law Amendment Rules 2009 (No.1) amend the Family Law Rules 2004 to incorporate changes to support the new trial and case management pathway and docket system, the de facto relationship...

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Changes to Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court forms

The Family Court has published a notice to the profession advising it of changes to forms resulting from the commencement, on 1 March 2009, of the substantive provisions of the Family Law Act 1975...

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Australian Lawyers Surfing Association Conference in beautiful Lombok

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The Australian Lawyers Surfing Association Inc is holding its annual continuing legal education conference at the** Novotel Lombok on 18-23 August 2009**. Topics include commercial law, environmental...

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Wanted: volunteer for immigration rights centre

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The Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) is seeking the pro bono services of a member of the bar with expertise in employment law and contracts to join its Management Committee. IARC is a...

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New judicial appointments

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New South Wales Attorney General John Hatzistergos has announced three new judicial appointments:

>> The Hon Justice Peter Young has been appointed as a judge of appeal, replacing Justice Virginia...

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Protective commissioner fees to be reduced

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The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has released a report recommending that certain fees paid to the Office of the Protective Commissioner (OPC) be capped at significantly lower...

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Correction: retirement ceremony for the Hon Justice Brian Tamberlin

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It was reported in yesterday's In Brief that a ceremonial sitting to mark the retirement of the Hon Justice Brian Tamberlin will be held in courtroom 21A of the Law Courts Building. This was...

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Papers to note: NSWLRC report on young people and consent to health care

The New South Wales Law Reform Commission has released Report 119 (2008): _Young People and Consent to Health Care. _The chair of the inquiry, Professor Michael Tilbury, described the current law in...

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Notice to accredited mediators and those interested in accreditation

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The NSW Bar Association has been a Recognised Mediation Accreditation Body (RMAB) since May 2008. Since this date, the association has accredited 67 members as mediators. To better inform accredited...

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2009 Bar Library Academy Awards Competition

The Bar Library has announced the winners of the 2009 Academy Awards Competition. There was a two-way tie for first place between two members of the Bar Association's staff, Chris D'Aeth and Tess...

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Web watch: the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln is an eight-volume set first published in 1953.� The set contains correspondence,...

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Speeches to note: AG McClelland addresses the 2009 Constitutional Law Conference

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Commonwealth Attorney-General Robert McClelland delivered an address to the 2009 Constitutional Law Conference at New South Wales Parliament House last Friday evening. The attorney reflected on how...

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Position vacant at the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales

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Legal Aid NSW is seeking applicants for the position of director, family law (Permanent full-time).� The total remuneration package is valued at up to $159,086 per annum, including salary...

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Australian Legal History Essay Competition

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The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History will host a prize-giving ceremony on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 at 10.30am for the winners of the 2008 Legal History Essay Competition. Sir...

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Recent decisions of the House of Lords

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The following two opinions of the lords of appeal are available on the House of Lords web site, the first of which relates to the deportation to Jordan of Abu Qatada.

RB (Algeria) (FC) and another...

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Peak legal bodies criticise the Foreign Evidence Amendment Bill

The NSW Council for Civil Liberties and the Law Council of Australia are opposed to some provisions of the Foreign Evidence Amendment Bill 2008, which was introduced into the Federal Parliament in...

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When judgments are removed from online sources

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NSW Caselaw was developed in 1999 to provide on-line published judgments and decisions for courts and tribunals in New South Wales. Occasionally, judgments may be removed. For example, an earlier...

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New South Wales Government widens circle sentencing

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New South Wales Attorney General John Hatzistergos today announced that the Circle Sentencing Programme will be widened to include Nambucca, the tenth such location.

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Recent appointments

His Honour Acting Judge Duck has been reappointed as an acting judge of the District Court of New South Wales and as a member of the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales, effective 1 March 2009...

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