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Volunteers needed for the Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library

The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library needs volunteers from the NSW Bar to spend a couple of hours packing books for various hostels in New South Wales at the library’s storage unit at Kennard's...

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ATO-Legal Practitioner Round Table members

The Australian Taxation Office has recently posted on its website the list of matters on which it is seeking to consult with the community. Consultation provides an opportunity for the decisions of...

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LCA concern over complementary protection provisions

The Law Council of Australia is concerned by the introduction of the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013, into parliament on 4 December...

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NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences in 2014

Announcing the NSW Bar Association's CPD Conference Series 2014, proudly supported by LexisNexis. The Bar Association will conduct a number of conferences around the State in February and March 2014....

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Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to **Manly course on Thursday, 23 January 2013. **It will be a shotgun start at 12.30 pm. Dinner will be around 6.30 pm. The cost for the day is...

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Biometric ID for access to NSW prisons

Members have been notified that they are now required to use biometric identification to access NSW prisons. The Department of Corrective Services held two early registration days on 26 and 28...

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Found: item of jewellery

The Bar Association is in possession of part of an item of jewellery, which was found in the women's toilets in the lower ground floor of Wentworth Chambers. To reclaim the item, contact June...

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Farewell ceremony for the Hon Justice Boland

A ceremonial sitting of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW will be held on** Thursday, 19 December 2013** to mark the retirement of the Hon Justice Roger Boland. The ceremony will take place...

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Wanted: volunteers for Indigenous pre-law students' visit


As part of its Reconciliation Action Plan, the Bar Association hosts an annual visit from the Indigenous students attending the UNSW pre-law course. This year the visit is on 17 December...

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BOCSAR crime statistics for September quarter 2013

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released its latest quarterly crime report. Most major categories of crime in NSW either fell or remained stable over the 24 months to September...

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New silks in WA

The chief justice of Western Australia, the Hon Wayne Martin, has announced the appointment of five new senior counsel:

Karen Farley Katrina Banks-Smith Linda Petrusa Marcus Solomon John Vaughan


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UNSWLJ call for submissions

The University of New South Wales Law Journal has issued a call for submissions to Issue 37(3), which will address contemporary issues facing the Australian legal profession. The deadline for both...

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Law Council awards President's Medal

The Law Council of Australia has announced Mrs Elizabeth Heenan as the 2013 recipient of the Law Council of Australia President’s Medal. The President’s Medal is an annual award that...

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Upper house report on racial vilification in NSW

The Legislative Council's Standing Committee on Law and Justice has published its report, [Racial Vilification Law in New South Wales][1].

3 December 2013


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A history of the Law Council

The Law Council of Australia: The People, the Profession and the Institutions traces the evolution of the Law Council and its constituent bodies and professional groupings throughout Australia, from...

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Law Council office bearers for 2014

At the meeting of Law Council directors’ held on 30 November 2013, the following office bearers were appointed to the Executive for 2014:

President: Michael Colbran QC (Vic) President-elect:...

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NSW Labor promises drug court for Wollongong

NSW Labor has today committed to establish a new drug court for the Wollongong region. Learn more here.

2 December 2013

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Copyright Society of Australia Function

The Copyright Society of Australia has invited a panel of distinguished speakers to a debate on "Copyright & The Economy – What will the ALRC recommend in its final report and how should the...

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Arbitration conference in Sydney

The Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia in conjunction with the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the International Bar Association (IBA) will...

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Get your tickets for IQ2 in 2014

St James Ethics Centre have now confirmed their debate motions for the 2014 IQ2 Debates. The debates will be televised in partnership with the ABC and BBC World, going out to a televised global...

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Human Rights Awards: new event for 2013

The Human Rights Commission will celebrate International Human Rights Day this year by presenting the Human Rights Awards at a not-to-be-missed cocktail event on **Tuesday, 10 December at the Museum...

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Amendments to Supreme Court Rules - Part 78 rule 93

On 4 November 2013 the Supreme Court Rules Committee approved an amendment to SCR Pt 78 rule 93. The amendment requires most notices of intention to distribute an estate to be published on the Online...

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Changes to the MAA Claims Assessment Guidelines

Following the NSW Court of Appeal decision in Smalley v Allianz [2013] NSWCA 318, the Motor Accidents Authority has advised the Association that changes to the Claims Assessment Guidelines may be...

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Common Law Practice Update 45

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 45, which features case notes on s 108 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW), ss 5I and 5L of the Civil Liability...

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Positive role for social media

The trial of Simon Gittany has demonstrated that social media can help the community to engage with the court system and improve their understanding of the judicial system, according to Attorney...

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