Inbrief

Introducing the Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Service (ADVERTISEMENT)

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On each occasion the Jewish people have been dispersed they have established in every place of their dispersal Rabbinical Courts (Betei Din).� The aim of operation of Betei Din has varied from...

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High Court of Australia - change in practitioners' room hire charges

The High Court has recently reviewed the charges for the hire of rooms to legal practitioners attending in Canberra for High Court hearings. The court has decided to include in the daily room hire...

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New diversionary options for young offenders commence to commence on 1 July

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The Children (Criminal Proceedings) Amendment (Youth Conduct Orders) Act 2008 and the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Amendment (Youth Conduct Orders) Regulation 2009 are to commence tomorrow, 1 July...

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Two minutes to midnight on the PC renewal clock

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If you have not yet received your practising certificate you cannot practise on and from tomorrow 1 July 2009. 'Practise' includes doing chamber work. If you have not submitted your renewal...

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Law Council says Family Law Courts must be properly resourced

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The Law Council of Australia has called on the Commonwealth to maintain its current level of support for the Family Law Courts and to fill vacancies in a timely way. [

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Comcare announces drop in premiums for Australian Government agencies

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Comcare announced that the overall workers' compensation premiums for Commonwealth Government agencies has dropped to a seven-year low to 1.25 per cent for 2009-10. Comcare said the drop represents...

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Court attire for Justice Austin's swearing-in

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A ceremonial sitting for the swearing-in of Stewart Austin as a judge of the Family Court will be held on� Monday, 13 July 2009 at 9.30am in the Supreme Court of NSW Building, Church Street...

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Legislation to note: changes to Federal Court fees

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The Federal Court of Australia Amendment Regulations 2009 (No. 1) have been added to the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.� The object of the Regulations, as provided by the...

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Australian Government tables Hague Convention on service of documents

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Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced the tabling in parliament of the Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters 1965. The...

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Family Law Courts joint liaison meeting

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The Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney will be holding its next joint liaison meeting with the profession on **Wednesday, 5 August 2009 at 5.00pm **at the Sydney Family Law Courts...

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More appointments (and reappointments)

**The District Court of New South Wales **

The following persons have been reappointed as acting judges of the District Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on **1 July 2009 and...

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Newcastle barrister appointed to the Family Court bench

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Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced the appointment of Mr Stewart Austin as a judge of the Family Court of Australia. Mr Austin, who was admitted as a barrister in 1997, will take up his...

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Appointments to the AAT

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced seven appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Learn more>

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Latest ABS data on legal services shows barristers in the black for FY2007-08

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics released a report on the state of the legal services industry for 2007-2008. According to ABS 8667.0, at the end of June 2008 there were 3,869 barristers operating...

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Passage of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2009

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Both houses of New South Wales Parliament have passed the _Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2009 _(NSW) just hours after it was introduced. The object of the bill, as provided by...

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Final reminder: Women Lawyers Achievement Awards - nominations now open

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Nominations for the 4th New South Wales Women Lawyers Achievement Awards are still open. Download a nomination form. The closing date is 31 July 2009.

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Jurors' fees and allowances to be increased (just a bit)

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The Jury Amendment (Fees and Allowances) Regulation 2009 has been amended to increase, but not in any way that will threaten the state's credit rating, the attendance fees for jury service and the...

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Indexation of non-economic loss in defamation cases

The New South Wales Government has increased the maximum amount of damages for non-economic loss that may be awarded in proceedings under section 35(1) of the _Defamation Act 2005. _Learn more >

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Allowances to witnesses

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Attorney General John Hatzistergos has approved a new scale of allowances to witnesses attending criminal trials at the Supreme Court and the District Court, as well as the Local Court, the...

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PC renewals: time is running out to get your PII

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Have you lodged your practising certificate renewal application but not yet arranged your professional indemnity insurance? As of today, the Bar Association has only received notification from...

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