Inbrief

Review of the Senior Counsel Protocol

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The Bar Council is reviewing the Senior Counsel Protocol and the related administrative procedures to see where improvements might be effected. The council is to be informed by a report to be...

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Web watch: French constitutional cases online - and in English

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French laws and administrative decisions occasionally attract attention in the English-language media, particularly in matters pertaining to immigration, terrorism and secularism. The Conseil...

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Federal Court issues guide to counsel fees for 2010

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Federal Court has updated the National Guide to Counsel Fees, which takes effect from 4 January 2010. The principal object, as provided by the guide's preamble, is to assist taxing officers of the...

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Senate committee calls for a federal judicial commission

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On 8 December 2009 the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee released a report titled Australia's Judicial System and the Role of Judges, which recommends that the Australian...

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Red Mass for opening of 2010 Law Term

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The archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, and the president of The St Thomas More Society, Richard Perrignon, invite all members of the bench and bar to the celebration of the 2010 Red Mass....

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In Brief distribution during the Christmas-New Year holiday

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In Brief will be winding down its daily distribution over the Christmas-New Year period. Beginning Monday, 9 December 2013, bulletins will be distributed once or twice per week. Normal service will...

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NSWLRC to review security for costs

Attorney General John Hatzistergos has announced a review of court security for costs orders. The review will be conducted by the Law Reform Commission.�

**4 December 2009 **

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Web watch: Frank Costigan QC and the Vic Bar oral history programme

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A profile of Frank Costigan QC has been added to the excellent oral history page on the Victorian Bar's web site. Listen to an interview with the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, view photos and...

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Legal Aid web site - survey of users

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The NSW Legal Aid Commission is reviewing its web site. Members of the Bar Association who use the Legal Aid web site are invited to complete the **attached survey **and return it to Sean O'Hagan by...

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Changes to Federal Magistrates Court Human Rights forms

As a consequence of amendments following passage of the _Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act 2008 _(Cth) the Federal Magistrates Court’s Application -...

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Financial assistance for the family of Stephen Stewart

Stephen Stewart of Culwulla Chambers was tragically killed on Saturday night in a car accident caused by a massive heart attack. His wife, Kay, is in intensive care. Stephen and Kay's sons, Andrew...

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Australian Bar Association office bearers for 2010

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At a meeting of the Australian Bar Association Council on Sunday, 29 November the following were elected to be office bearers for 2010:** President:** Peter Riordan SC (Vic Bar) Vice-President:...

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Funeral arrangements for Stephen Stewart (1955-2009)

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Stephen Stewart, of Culwulla Chambers, died last November following a motor vehicle accident. His wife Kay, was also injured in the accident. A funeral will be held on Friday, 14 May 2010 at 11 am in...

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Legislation to note: amendments to the Federal Magistrates Court Rules

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The Federal Magistrates Court Amendment Rules 2009 (No 3) comes into effect on 30 November 2009. The amendments introduce new rules in relation to subpoenas with provision for the release of...

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Law Council office bearers for 2010

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At meeting of Law Council directors on 28 November the 2010 office bearers were elected. They are: President:� Glenn Ferguson (Qld Law Society) President elect: Alex Ward (SA Law Society)...

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Murray Gleeson made honorary member of the Law Council

The Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC has been made an honorary member of the Law Council of Australia for his extraordinary contribution to the legal profession and community. Law Council President John...

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Michael Kirby and Antonin Scalia to debate international values and constitutional law

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The American Bar Association's International Law Section, is organising a one-day conference on 9 February 2010. The theme of the ILEX conference is Australian and US perspectives on "Cross-Border...

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Applications for 2010 committee membership - Today is the deadline

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Members (not just those holding a practising certificate) who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee should complete the application form online or in hard copy showing the committees...

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legislation limiting the courts’ ability to give criminals discounts on their sentences.

In its final report under the chairmanship of former Supreme Court Justice Hon. James Wood AO QC, the...

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Legislation to note: amendments to the International Arbitration Act

The Australian Government has introduced the International Arbitration Amendment Bill 2009. This follows a review of the International Arbitration Act 1974, announced by Attorney-General Robert...

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