Inbrief

Practice Management – By Barristers for Barristers

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Seminar Series

In February-April 2022 the NSW Bar Association’s Education Committee will present 6 sessions on important aspects of practice management for barristers. The course will provide...

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Access to clients in custody

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Practice support: COVID-19

The Bar Association is aware that many Local Court matters, including bail applications, are delayed because members are having difficulty seeing their clients who are in...

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Anglican Commencement of Law Term Service

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Collegiality

The Anglican Opening of Law Term service, scheduled for 31 January 2022 has been postponed due to the number of COVID-19 infections in the community. St James’ Church may hold a...

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Bar Library to re-open on 31 January

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Practice support: COVID-19

In light of the current Omicron situation, the Bar Association offices will remain closed for a further two weeks until 7 February 2022. Staff are working remotely and...

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Vacated hearings in the local court

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President’s message

Earlier today the Chief Magistrate, his Honour Judge Peter Johnstone, announced that defended hearings state-wide (including those where the defendant is in custody) would be...

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Local Court Practice Note 25A

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Practice support: COVID-19

The Local Court of NSW continues to be severely affected by COVID cases. Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate, His Honour Judge Peter Johnstone, in consultation with...

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Positions vacant at the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission

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The NSW Government is seeking candidates for the positions of commissioner and chief commissioner at the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC).

The LECC provides for the independent detection,...

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Out now: Bar News Summer 2021-22

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Practice support

The Summer 2021-22 edition of Bar News is now available online. It examines, among other things: the pitfalls in the Uniform Law costs assessment regime; the scope of the 'aliens'...

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Getting tested for COVID-19

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Practice support: COVID-19

Courts, workplaces and a range of institutions now require rapid antigen tests (RATs) in order to gain admission or to access a service. Once you have obtained a test kit,...

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Today's updated COVID Court Guide

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Practice support: COVID-19

The New South Wales Bar Association’s consolidated guide to COVID-19-related court arrangements has been updated to include today’s District Court COVID-19 update; and...

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NSW DPP Private Briefing Panel

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Practice development

Applications are sought from junior counsel for inclusion on the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) Private Briefing Panel. Current panel members will need to apply for...

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COVID-19 Update from the District Court

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Practice support: COVID-19

This update applies to all District Court venues and to the Dust Diseases Tribunal of NSW from 12 January 2022

Jury Trials

Jury trials will continue to proceed in...

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Preparing for COVID-19 in 2022

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President's message

Welcome to 2022!

On 8 January 2021, just over a year ago, I began my first President’s Message for the year, suggesting chambers heed the latest public health order regarding...

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Latest Public Notice issued by the Children's Court of NSW

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Practice support: COVID-19

The President of the Children's Court of NSW, Judge Ellen Skinner, has issued Public Notice of Response to COVID-19 Pandemic No.13, which commences on 10 January 2022 and...

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Supreme Court hearings

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Practice support: COVID-19

The Supreme Court has advised that urgent civil hearings during the court vacation should occur via AVL, unless the judge deems an in-person hearing to be absolutely...

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COVID-19: Information for Attending Court - Friday, 7 January 2022

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Practice support: COVID-19

The New South Wales Bar Association’s publication, COVID-19: Information for Attending Court was updated on 7 January 2022 following the inclusion of Chief Magistrate's...

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Vacated hearings in the Local Court of NSW

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Practice support: COVID-19

The Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of NSW, Judge Peter Johnstone, has today advised that due to rising COVID-19 cases in NSW all defended hearings throughout the...

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Bar Association office to remain closed

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Practice support: COVID-19

Due to the current uncertainty around the COVID-19 Omicron variant the Bar Association will remain closed for at least a further two weeks following the end of the...

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Golf Day cancelled

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Bar Sports

Organisers of the annual Bench and Bar v Solicitors Golf Day, normally held in January, have advised that the event is cancelled due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections. For more...

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COVID positive cases on 12th Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers

Practice support: COVID-19

The New South Wales Bar Association is advised that the 12th Floor Wentworth Selborne has had four positive COVID-19 cases. The Floor has activated its response plan, and...

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Out now: Bar News Summer 2021-22

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Practice support

The Summer 2021-22 edition of Bar News is now available online. It examines, among other things: the pitfalls in the Uniform Law costs assessment regime; the scope of the 'aliens'...

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Applications Sought - NSW DPP Private Briefing Panel

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Practice development

Applications are sought from junior counsel for inclusion on the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) Private Briefing Panel. Current panel members will need to apply for...

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Brian John Keith Cohen (1928-2021)

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Vale

The Honourable Brian Cohen QC, former judge of the Supreme Court, died on Friday, 15 December 2021. He was called to the Bar in March 1952 and took silk in February 1976. He sat on the Supreme...

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Ian McClelland Barker (1935-2021)

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Vale

Ian Barker QC, former president of the New South Wales Bar Association, died yesterday.

Barker’s legal career began in 1952 with his articles of clerkship at Dairy Farmers. After passing the...

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