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Ceremonial opening for refurbished Law Courts lobby

The newly renovated lobby of the Law Courts Building, Queens Square was officially opened today. The NSW and federal governments are jointly funding the renovations of the Law Courts building. The...

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Commonwealth review of legal assistance services

The Australian Government has announced�it will conduct a�review of funding for legal assistance services, and has invited organisations to tender for the job. Learn more>

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ABA elects its office bearers

At the meeting of the Australian Bar Council held on 30 January 2012 the following officer bearers were elected- to take up office at midnight tonight. President:�Craig Colvin QC (WA Bar)...

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It's an honour: members in the Australia Day Honours List

The following members of the Bar Association were recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours: The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC The Hon Jennifer Boland�AM The Hon Greg James AM QC The Hon...

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Appointments to the District and Local courts

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has announced the appointment of David Arnott SC as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales commencing on and from 13 February 2012.�

Further, the...

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Swearing-in ceremony for magistrates Barko and Stafford

Michael Barko and Karen Stafford will be sworn in as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW on 13 February 2012. Attorney General Greg Smith SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. The...

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Commercial Law Association seminars in March 2012 (ADVERTISEMENT)

The Commercial Law Association presents the following lunchtime and half day seminars during March 2012.

Friday, 16 March 2012 Protecting IP in the Digital Age A Commercial Law Association halfday...

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Bar Association submission on consolidation of tribunals


The Bar Association made a submission on 25 November 2011 to the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice Inquiry in relation to the Consolidation of Tribunals in NSW....

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When to notify the Bar Council

The legal profession legislation requires a barrister to notify the Bar Council of certain matters:

  • being served with notice of a creditor’s petition
  • presentation of a debtor’s petition
  • ...
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The silks of 2011 donate generously


It's a long-standing tradition that each year’s new silk appointments donate a gift to the Bar Association or, particularly more recently, to a number of different charities. The...

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Magistrate referred to Judicial Commission

Premier Barry O’Farrell has asked the Attorney General Greg Smith SC to lodge a complaint to the Judicial Commission of NSW about magistrate Pat O’Shane. View the premier's media release >... Read more >

Bar Association is now a member of ACICA

The New South Wales Bar Association has issued a media release, announcing that it has joined the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). Angela Bowne SC, who chairs the...

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Position available, Executive Director, University of Sydney (ADVERTISEMENT)

The Sydney Law School is seeking an Executive Director to be responsible for the effective and efficient management of the Faculty of Law support services. Reporting to the Dean, you will provide...

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2012 Public Defenders - Annual Criminal Law Conference

The Public Defenders annual criminal law conference is on once again on 24-25 March 2012 at The Taronga Centre, Harbourview Ballroom & Terrace, Mosman. Entrance from Bradleys Head Road.


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Law Council supports constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

The Law Council has welcomed the release of the Report by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Law Council of Australia President, Ms...

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Coming up: Bar Association 2012 Personal Injury Conference

The 2012 Personal Injury Conference will be held at the Westin Hotel, Sydney on Saturday 3 March 2012. Speakers include the Hon Justice Peter Garling RFD, Barry Toomey QC and Andrew Morrison RFD SC.... Read more >

Dates for your Diary: New South Wales Bar Association 2012 CPD Conferences

The New South Wales Bar Association will hold five regional conferences in February and March 2012, to assist members in meeting their annual CPD requirement. Conferences run from 8.00am to 6.20pm...

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2012 Bench and Bar Dinner


The 2012 Bench and Bar Dinner will be held on Friday, 4 May at the Westin Sydney. The guest of honour will be the Hon T F Bathurst, Chief Justice of New South Wales. Ms Senior is Trish...

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BOCSAR Reports on reforms to redress excessive alcohol consumption

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released a report; What are the options? Pricing and taxation policy reforms to redress excessive alcohol consumption and related harms in...

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Pan-Orthodox Church Service - opening of Law Term 2012

The 31st Annual Pan-Orthodox Church Service to mark the opening of the 2012 Law Term will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern on **Tuesday 7...

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Family Law Courts - changes to financial statement kit and form

The Family Court Financial Statement Kit and Financial Statement form have been amended to include the Federal Magistrates Court and therefore are now Family Law Courts Forms.

Financial statement...

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Tonight: Sir Maurice Byers Lecture

The 2012 Sir Maurice Byers Lecture will be delivered by the Right Honourable the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC.� The lecture will be delivered in the Bar Common room tonight, commencing...

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Appointments to note

The NSW Attorney General, Greg Smith SC, yesterday announced the appointment of barrister** Michael Barko** and senior solicitor Karen Stafford as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW.

Mr Barko and...

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Vale Cliff Papayanni (1920-2012)

John Clifford Papayanni,�retired barrister, died on Tuesday, aged 91. A funeral will be held on Tuesday, 10 January 2012 at 11.00am in St Swithun's Anglican Church, 2A Telegraph Road, Pymble.


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New chambers in 2012?

Have you moved to new chambers?� If so, please notify the Bar Association of your change in practice address. The Legal Profession Regulation 2005� requires barristers to advise The New...

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