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Message from the President - ADDITIONAL LOCAL COURT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDING WELCOMED BUT GOVERNMENT NEGLECTS WALAMA COURT AND ICE INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS
Tuesday 22 June 2021
The President of the New South Wales Bar Association Michael McHugh SC has today welcomed the State Government’s budget announcement of additional funding for eight new Local Court magistrates and support services for victims, but cautioned that other key
CONSENT PROPOSALS COULD RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT INJUSTICE
Tuesday 25 May 2021
The New South Wales Bar Association acknowledges that sexual assault is an abhorrent crime that should be dealt with by the full force of the law.
TIME NOW TO ACT ON STATE CRISIS IN NSW: DECADES OF REPORTS ON THE OVER-REPRESENTATION OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES IN CUSTODY MUST NOT BE IGNORED
Thursday 15 April 2021
The New South Wales Bar Association as welcomed today's report by the NSW Select Committee on the high level of First Nations people in custody and oversight and review of deaths in custody.
STATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW SOUTH WALES BAR ASSOCIATION REGARDING THE RULE OF LAW -
Friday 12 March 2021
There has been much commentary in recent weeks about the meaning and operation on the rule of law.
RESERVATION FEES A DISTRACTION FROM THE FAMILY LAW COSTS AND DELAYS FLAWED MERGER BILL WILL CAUSE
Monday 7 December 2020
A submission of the New South Wales Bar Association
DISAPPOINTING’ NSW BUDGET HOLDS BACK ON FUNDING FOR WALAMA COURT, FIRST NATIONS
Wednesday 18 November 2020
The 2020-21 NSW Budget is regrettably yet another missed opportunity to invest in critical aspects of justice for First Nations Peoples and address the systemic over-representation of First Nations Peoples in custody, the NSW Bar Association said. sa
ESTABLISHING THE WALAMA COURT MUST NOT BE IGNORED IN NSW BUDGET OR JUSTICE SYSTEM
Friday 13 November 2020
This NAIDOC Week the New South Wales Bar Association has called again on the NSW Government to prioritise funding the Walama Court in the District Court in the upcoming Budget.
APPOINTMENT OF JUSTICE STEWARD AND JUSTICE GLEESON TO THE HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA
Wednesday 28 October 2020
The New South Wales Bar Association congratulates the Honourable Justice Simon Steward and the Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson on the announcement today of their appointment as Justices of the High Court of Australia.
HIGHER TARGETS TO REDUCE INDIGENOUS INCARCERATION CAN BE IMPLEMENTED QUICKLY, SAFELY
Wednesday 5 August 2020
Higher targets to reduce the over-representation of First Nations People in Australia’s criminal justice system could be achieved more quickly and safely based on new data, the New South Wales Bar Association said today.
Targets miss the mark on justice for First Nations
Thursday 30 July 2020
The Association has expressed dismay at the unambitious justice targets announced by the Federal Government which fail to prioritise critical initiatives to address the over-representation of First Nations People in Australia's criminal justice system.
Statement by the President of the New South Wales Bar Association
Monday 22 June 2020
The New South Wales Bar Association is deeply concerned by the matters the subject of a statement by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia today.
Contingency fees should be opposed in NSW to protect litigants’ interests and lawyers’ duties
Friday 19 June 2020
New South Wales should not follow Victoria’s decision this week to legislate to introduce contingency fees for plaintiff solicitors in representative proceeding, according to the New South Wales Bar Association.
Walama Court must not be delayed
Wednesday 10 June 2020
Recent events have highlighted the urgent need to address the continued over-representation of Indigenous people in Australia’s criminal justice system, including by establishing the Walama Court and adopting the Uluru Statement and a First Nations Voice.
CIRCLE SENTENCING SUCCESS STRENGTHENS CASE FOR A WALAMA COURT IN NSW
Tuesday 26 May 2020
The New South Wales Bar Association reiterates its call to establish a specific Indigenous Sentencing Court - the Walama Court - following the release of new research on the effectiveness of Circle Sentencing in NSW Local Courts.
Suggestion of Political Interference compromises integrity of independent inquiries
Friday 8 May 2020
Comments in an article in The Australian about the Special Commission of Inquiry into the events surrounding the Ruby Princess cruise ship are unfortunate and risk undermining the inquiry’s integrity.
COVID-19 laws must be reasonable, appropriate and proportionate, not undermine justice
Tuesday 24 March 2020
Media statement by the President of the New South Wales Bar Association
Tweet for equality this International Women’s Day: Join @NSWBar’s virtual photo wall
Friday 6 March 2020
Tweet for equality this International Women's Day: Join @NSWBar's virtual photo wall
Start a conversation about access to justice this International Day of People with Disability
Tuesday 3 December 2019
The New South Wales Bar Association has marked the International Day of People with Disability by calling for greater awareness of the challenges people with a disability face in accessing justice.
$88m legal aid injection a positive but incomplete investment in NSW justice
Friday 8 November 2019
An $88 million injection by the NSW Government into the state’s chronically underfunded legal aid system is a step in the right direction.