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Inbrief

Special sitting arrangements during the Local Court Annual Conference

The chief magistrate has released special sitting arrangements during the Local Court Annual Conference, to be held on Wednesday, 2 July 2014 to Friday, 4 July 2014. Learn more here.

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Child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

The New South Wales Government has today released three out of the four volumes of the report by the special commission of inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child...

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Common Law Practice Update 55

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 55, with case notes on: ss 5B, 5R and 43A of the Civil Liability Act; contributory negligence, occupiers liability, expert...

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New Bar Council office bearers

Governance

At a special Bar Council meeting tonight, Phillip Boulten SC formally resigned as president of the New South Wales Bar Association.

The Bar Council then elected a new president, senior...

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Family Law Settlement Service

Members who meet the family law experience requirement for inclusion on the Family Law Settlement Service (FLSS) Panel, but are not currently accredited as a mediator with the Bar Association or as a...

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Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.4

There is only one week left to renew your practising certificate by the due date next Friday, 6 June 2014. Do not wait until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form...

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Walker SC on Lateline

Bret Walker SC, formerly the Australian Government's independent national security legislation monitor, was interviewed on the ABC's Lateline program, regarding his final report. Mr Walker...

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For the diary: The Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference 2014

The Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference will be held on 11-14 November 2014 at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne. Learn more here.

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Papers to note: Access to Justice Arrangements

The Productivity Commission has released its draft report, Access to Justice Arrangements. The commission was asked by the previous federal government to undertake an inquiry into Australia’s...

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ABA Appellate Advocacy Course

Applications are now invited for the 2014 ABA Appellate Advocacy Course, to be held in Sydney from the 12-14 September 2014. There are only 24 positions available, and a minimum of 8 years experience...

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15 Bobber - The Hon Justice Francois Kunc

Collegiality

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Francois Kunc to the Supreme Court of New South Wales will be held on Friday, 7 June 2013. Speaking for His Honour will be Dr...

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NSW Bar FC puts Corrs to the sword

Wellbeing

An organised and well-disciplined NSW Bar FC defeated the big end of town with Corrs suffering a 1-0 loss yesterday. In a tightly fought contest, a well-executed passing move through the...

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Volunteers needed at the Toongabbie and Blacktown legal centres

Toongabbie Legal Centre (TLC) and Blacktown Legal Centre (BLC) invite barristers with over ten years experience to volunteer with its free legal service in Toongabbie and Blacktown. They also invite...

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Aboriginal Children in Care and Family Law Proceedings

The Bar Association's Indigenous Barrister's Strategy Working Party, in conjunction with Ngalaya and the Law Society's Indigenous Issues Committee will host a seminar on "Providing for Culture:...

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Burnside QC wins Sydney Peace Prize

Julian Burnside AO QC has been selected to receive the 2014 Sydney Peace Prize. The prize will be awarded at the 2014 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, to be given by Julian Burnside at Sydney Town...

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Consumer Claims Regulation 2014

The Consumer Claims Regulation 2014 came into effect on 9 May 2014. It increases from $30,000 to $40,000 the maximum amount consumers can now seek in orders from the New South Wales Civil and...

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WBF election of office bearers

The Women Barristers Forum held its annual general meeting on 22 May 2014. The following office bearers were elected to the Executive Committee:

  • Chair: Michelle Painter SC
  • Vice chair: Kate...
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Lunchtime yoga classes resume tomorrow

Attention bar yogis: Tuesday lunch time yoga classes resume tomorrow, 27 May, at 1.00pm in the Common Room. Don't forget your mats. Any enquiries, contact Jolie on 0414092502. Namaste.

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Suppression orders and open justice in Australia and the UK

The Rule of Law Institute, together with the Centre for Independent Journalism and the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre both at UTS are holding a one day workshop on the suppression...

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Murray Gleeson The Smiler - change of venue for the launch

Due to an overwhelming response, next Tuesday's official launch of Michael Pelly's new book, Murray Gleeson: The Smiler, has been moved to Court 21A (at 5.30pm for 6.00pm) of the Law Courts Building....

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Review of the Costs Assessment Scheme

On 7 September 2011, Chief Justice Bathurst announced that he was instigating a comprehensive review of the Costs Assessment Scheme provided for by Chapter 3, Part 3.2, Division 11 of the Legal...

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It's the NOT the NSW Bar Association World Cup Tipping Competition

In four weeks that greatest of sporting festivals recommences: the World Cup. For the fifth time, Ingmar Taylor SC and Mark Gibian have organised the Not The NSW Bar Association World Cup Tipping...

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The Law Kitchen - legal assistance for the homeless

The New South Wales Bar Association works in conjunction with the Law Kitchen (TLK), a non-profit association, to provide free legal services to persons who are transiently, episodically or...

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Practising Certificate Renewals 2014-15 Update No.3

There are only just two weeks to renew your practising certificate by the due date - Friday, 6 June 2014. Do not wait until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form...

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Mentors wanted for the Indigenous Law Students Mentoring Program: Parramatta or Sydney

Have you been at the bar between three and seven years and looking for a new challenge that provides an important opportunity to assist Indigenous law students on their way through law school?

The...

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