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DOORS National Information Sessions

The Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia will present a national series of information sessions about the DOORS (Detection of Overall Risk Screen) Framework. DOORS helps professionals...

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Web watch: Why Scandinavian prisons are superior

As Attorney General Greg Smith SC aims to reduce incarceration and recidivism rates in NSW, it's worth reading this article in the Atlantic Monthly contrasting the American and Scandinavian...

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Positions vacant: part-time members of the Guardianship Tribunal

The Honourable Greg Smith SC MP, Attorney General, is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as part-time legal members of the Guardianship Tribunal. More information about the...

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Defence Abuse Response Taskforce - Request for Tender

The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce released a Request for Tender (RFT) today, 27 September 2013, seeking suitably qualified and experienced facilitators to conduct Restorative Engagement...

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Northern Territory Bar Association Conference 2014

The Northern Territory Bar Association will hold its 2014 Conference in Dili, Timor Leste, on 9-13 July 2014. For more information, or to express your interest in attending, visit the conference...

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Legal history: NSW Silk appointments (1856-2012)

You might be aware that on 6 June 1856 John Hubert Plunkett became the first person to take silk in New South Wales. But who was next after Plunkett? Were there years in which no silk were appointed?...

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Reminder: James Spigelman to give Academy of Law Patron's Address

The Australian Academy of Law (AAL) will hold the second of its annual Patron’s Addresses on Friday, 4 October 2013, at 5.30pm in the Banco Court, Level 13, Queen’s Square. The address will...

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Position vacant: Disciplinary role at the NSW Building Professionals Board

The Building Professionals Board (BPB) wishes to retain the services of a retired judicial officer to assist the board in exercising its disciplinary powers and functions. Expressions of Interest...

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Intensive residential course in mediation (ADVERTISEMENT)

Expressions of interest are now open for the highly regarded ACDC mediation training to be conducted in Kuala Lumpur from 11 to 16 November 2013. An Expression of Interest flyer can be obtained here.... Read more >

Art Gallery NSW evening tours

Last night a group of barristers had a very enjoyable guided tour of the Sydney Moderns Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Anyone who is interested in joining future trips to the Art Gallery...

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NSW v Victoria Bar Hockey

This year's NSW v Victoria Barristers Hockey Match will take place in Melbourne on 26 October 2013 at 2.00pm at the Hawthorn Hockey Centre. There will also be a dinner that night at a venue to be...

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NCAT Project Update

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) will begin operations on 1 January 2014. A Corporate Services Coordinating Committee is working on the integration of corporate service functions of...

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NSWCCL 50th anniversary dinner

Members are invited to the NSW Council for Civil Liberties 2013 annual dinner. The Hon Justice Carolyn Simpson will reflect on the NSWCCL's first 50 years of achievements. The dinner will be held...

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The Charlie Perkins Scholarships are now accepting applications for 2014

Each year the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust offers two scholarships for Indigenous postgraduates to study for up to three years at either Cambridge or Oxford universities. To be considered for...

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TONIGHT: Junior Drinks

****Why not take the time to socialise with other juniors? Junior Drinks will be at the Lobby Bar, 151 Castlereagh Street, tonight, 26 September 2013 at 5.30pm.

**26 September 2013 **

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Reminder - Nomination forms for election of the 2014 Bar Council

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2014 Bar Council must be received by the Returning Officer by 4.00pm on Monday 14 October 2013.

Nomination forms have been posted to all members. The...

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Sports Law Conference a huge success

The 3rd Annual Sports Law Conference was held on 21 September 2013 in the 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers mediation rooms. The conference was chaired by the Hon Justice Geoff Lindsay of the Supreme...

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Call for submissions on standard minimum non-parole periods

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has asked the Sentencing Council to review the standard minimum non-parole period (SNPP) offences contained in Part 4 Division 1A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure)...

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The Public Law Weekend


The Public Law Weekend, run by the ANU's Centre for International and Public Law, will be held on Friday, 15 November 2013 between 8:30am - 5:00pm **at the distinctive National Museum of...

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2014-15 Local Court arbitrators

Expressions of interest are sought from members wishing to be recommended by the Bar Association for appointment to the 2014-2015 arbitrators list maintained by the Local Court. The current list...

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Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award

The Law Council of Australia has announced the winners of its annual Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Learn more here.

23 September 2013

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Revised Practice Note SC CL 2 - Supreme Court Common Law Division - Criminal Proceedings

Amendments recently made to the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 allow for the mandatory case management of trials where the indictment has been presented after 1 September 2013. The amendments provide...

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NSW Blues defeat QLD Maroons and Victoria

A perfect spring day saw the might of NSW Bar FC assert its rightful place as the dominant force in Australian Football (soccer to those who follow other codes) on Saturday at St Andrews Oval, Sydney...

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Bar Council business for August-September

Bar Council met on 22 August and 5 September in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar...

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Welcome back bar yogis!

Bar Yoga's Tuesday 1.00pm classes resume tomorrow, 24 September 2013, in the Bar Common Room. Jolie looks forward to seeing familiar faces and to welcome any new folk who may wish to come & join. No...

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