Great Bar Boat Race

Thu Dec 21 2006

The Great Bar Boat Race was held on 18 December 2006. A list of placings, times and handicaps may be downloaded in pdf. A full report on the race will be published in the January 2007 edition of Bar Brief.

Family Court Practice Direction No.4 of 2006: Trial of new forms for initiating application

Thu Dec 21 2006

In order to advance the implementation of the Combined Registry Project, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia have agreed to trial a new form entitled 'Initiating Application'. In the Family Court, a new form entitled 'Response to Initiating Application' will be trialled also. Family Court Practice Direction No.4 of 2006 relates to the use of these new documents in the Family Court of Australia. The chief federal magistrate will be issuing a practice direction dealing with the use of the new initiating application in his court.

Download a copy in pdf

Swearings in

Thu Dec 21 2006

Peter Raymond Zahra SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Tuesday, 30 January, 2007 at 11.30 am in Court 21 John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street with a morning tea to follow in the Judges' Common Room.

Richard Dominic Cogswell SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Tuesday, 6 February, 2007 at 9.30 am in Court 21 John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street with a morning tea to follow in the Judges' Common Room.

The attorney general will speak on behalf of the Bar at these ceremonies.

Supreme Court of New South Wales

David Hammerschlag SC will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Tuesday, 30 January 2007 at 9.30am in the Banco Court.

Elizabeth Fullerton SC will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Monday, 19 February 2007 at 9.30am in the Banco Court.

The president of the Bar Association, Michael Slattery QC, will speak on behalf of the Bar at these ceremonies.

Uniform Civil Procedure Update

Tue Dec 19 2006

The Working Party on Civil Procedure is redesigning the civil forms. It will progressively release the forms for public comment from December 2006. Copies of the redesigned forms are available from Lawlink .

Advocacy course at the University of Western Australia

Tue Dec 19 2006

The Australian Bar Association is conducting an intensive five day residential advocacy course for 24 junior counsel at the University of Western Australia in Perth from 20-25 January 2007. A very experienced teaching team has been chosen comprising Silks and senior juniors from around Australia as well as Edwin Glasgow QC, a leading English silk.

Two positions have become available for NSW junior counsel who may wish to attend.

The cost of the course is $2,310 GST incl. and this includes meals, accommodation and materials. If you would like further details about the course please contact Positions will be allocated on a first-in basis.

Phil Greenwood SC

Judicial appointments

Thu Dec 14 2006

David Hammerschlag SC has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, effective 30 January 2007.

Elizabeth Fullerton SC has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, effective 19 February 2007.

Peter Zahra SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales, effective 30 January 2007.

Library Hours over Christmas

Wed Dec 06 2006

The Bar Library will be closed from 12pm, Thursday 7 December 2006 for the New South Wales Bar Association Christmas Party. Due to the postponement of the library’s renovations, the library will now be closed from 12 noon Friday, 22 December 2006 to Friday, 12 January 2007 inclusive.

The library will be open from 10am to 4pm from Monday, 15 January 2006 to Friday 26 January 2007 and will resume normal opening hours (8:00am to 6:00pm) on 29 January 2007.

During the break, the following libraries will be open:

University of Sydney Law Library Sat 23 December to Mon 1 January 2006 CLOSED From Tues 2 January to Sun 4 March. Mon, Wed, Fri 9.00am-6.00pm Tues, Thurs 9.00am-8.00pm Sat 9.00am-4.45pm

This library allows access to barristers, although you cannot borrow items. Please follow the rules of this library.

The Law Courts Library Closed from 22 December 2006 to 29 January 2007 inclusive (external clients with a current library card may access the collection from 2 January 2007).

Please return all items on loan to the library by Thursday, 21 December 2006.

Thank you.

P A Selth Executive Director

Bench & Bar v Solicitors Golf Day: 18 January 2007

Mon Dec 04 2006

The annual Bench and Bar v Solicitors Golf Day will be held at Manly Golf Club on Thursday, 18 January 2007. Christmas is fast approaching, so please respond to the invitation as soon as possible. The cost for the day's golf and after match dinner is $130.00 (inc GST). For members of Manly Golf Club the price is $70.00 (inc GST).

The event will be the usual two ball event with matches between the Bench and Bar v Solicitors based on their respective 2BBB score. There will be a shot gun start at 12 noon. We ask that you advise us if you have booked a cart so we can group you accordingly and send you to an appropriate tee.

Contact Denis Flaherty (ph: 9233 3517).

Kindly return the following form with your remittance to The NSW Bar Association. ___________________________________________________________________________________





Telephone number:

My preferred partner will be:

Have you arranged to play with anyone from the Solicitors? If so, kindly provide us with names:

Are you a Manly member?

What is your handicap?

Cheque for $130.00 (gst inclusive) / $70.00 (gst inclusive) is enclosed made payable to the Solicitors Golfing Society.

The Hon Justice Campbell

Thu Nov 30 2006

The Honourable Justice Campbell has been appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal, commencing on and from 29 January 2007.

Tennis day 2006

Tue Nov 28 2006

This year's Bench & Bar competition for the Hon Bryan Beaumont Cup, the Barbour-Backhouse Cup and the Hon Susan Crennan Cup will be held on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay on Tuesday, 19 December 2006.

The competition will involve the inauguration of the Hon Susan Crennnan Cup, to be awarded to the best and fairest female member in the competition.

Download an entry form.

Anglican Law Term service

Mon Nov 27 2006

The Anglican service to mark the commencement of the 2007 Law Term will be held in St James' Church King Street, on Monday, 29 January 2007 at 10.30am.

Annual dinner of the Australian Construction Law Discussion Group

Thu Nov 23 2006

The annual dinner of the Australian Construction Law Discussion Group is to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel - The Bridge Room, on Wednesday, 6 December 2006 at 6.30 for 7.00pm. The guest of honour is Justice P McClellan of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. His Honour will speak on the topic of 'Concurrent Evidence' and its applicability, if any, to construction matters.

Please note the change of date and venue.

It has become a practise at the ACLDG to provide a social and humorous reception for the judge. Should you have any matters of interest to be raised, please do not hesitate to raise them with Glen Miller QC or Peter Callaghan SC prior to the date.

To reserve a seat at the dinner, download and complete the accompanying registration form and send it to Mrs Kerrie Leotta via, fax: 9235 1122 or DX 735 SYDNEY by Friday, 2 December 2006 so that the appropriate booking arrangements can be made with the hotel.

2006 Great Bar Boat Race

Thu Nov 23 2006

The Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 18 December 2006. The starting line is in the vicinity of Shark Island, finishing at Store Beach. Presentation of trophies and a post-race picnic will take place on Store Beach. Download a flyer for more information or a registration form to enter the race. INSURANCE The Bar Association’s current insurance policy does not cover this activity. IT IS A STRICT CONDITION OF ENTRY that all skippers have arranged appropriate third party, property and personal injury insurance, to cover themselves, their crew and their guests for the duration of the event. INDEMNITY All participants are required to sign the indemnity incorporated in the entry form in order to compete in the race.

2007 committee membership: FINAL NOTICE TO MEMBERS

Tue Nov 21 2006

The president annually reviews the need for the Bar Association’s various committees; the role of those committees; and their membership. I should be grateful if members (not just those holding a practising certificate) would let me know by COB Thursday 30 November 2006 if they wish to be considered for appointment to one or more of the association’s committees.

I would also request existing members of committees who do not wish to continue on a committee to let me know by 30 November 2006. Otherwise I will assume that existing members of committees wish to continue on that committee.

The Bar Association is very fortunate that we have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. I would therefore request members restrict their choice of committees to no more than three.

In confirming committee membership, the president ensures that all parts of the Bar – geographically, practice areas and seniority – are represented on each committee.

Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the president determines otherwise.

A form listing the proposed 2007 committees is attached. Please return this form showing the committees for which you wish to be considered for appointment, or e-mail your committee preference to

Acknowledgement of receipt will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact or telephone Cindy Penrose on 9229 1739.

Download the form listing the proposed 2007 committees .

Thank you.

P.A. Selth Executive Director

30?November 2006

Appointment of crown advocate

Thu Nov 16 2006

Mr Lloyd Adam Babb, public defender, has been appointed as crown advocate for the period commencing on 6 February 2007 and expiring on 5 February 2014.

Two new appointments to the New South Wales Local Court

Thu Nov 16 2006

Ms Alison Mary Viney, solicitor, has been appointed as a magistrate and as a mining warden, effective 20 November 2006. Ms Viney is being sworn in at 9am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre on Monday, 20 November 2006.

Mr Christopher Gerard O'Brien, solicitor, has been appointed as a magistrate and as a mining warden, effective 5 February 2007. Mr O'Brien will be sworn in at 9am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre on 5 February 2007.

CPD seminar on asbestos & asbestos litigation

Thu Nov 16 2006

The president of the Dust Diseases Tribunal will present a CPD seminar on 'Asbestos & Asbestos Litigation', next Wednesday, 22 November 2006.

His Honour Judge JL O'Meally AM RFD is the president of the Dust Diseases Tribunal. The tribunal has exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine claims for damages for negligence and breach of statutory duty in relation to death or personal injury caused by exposure to dust.

His Honour's presentation will cover topics pertinent to both the practice and procedure in the Tribunal, as well as to asbestos litigation more generally. His Honour will also refer to important cases affecting the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

Download a flyer about the seminar.

Bar Association office bearers for 2007

Thu Nov 09 2006

At a Bar Council meeting on 9 November 2006, the following were elected as office bearers of the New South Wales Bar Association for 2007:

President: Michael Slattery QC Senior vice president: Anna Katzmann SC Junior vice president: Tom Bathurst QC Treasurer: Robert Toner SC Secretary: Rachel Pepper

P.A. Selth

Executive Director

Francis Forbes Lecture, Thursday, 9 November 2006, 5.30pm in the Bar Association Common Room

Thu Nov 09 2006

The 2006 Forbes Lecture will be delivered by Rosemary Annable on 9 November 2006 in the Common Room of the New South Wales Bar Association.

The title of the lecture will be: 'A Setting for Justice: Building for the Supreme Court of New South Wales'

In October 1819 Governor Macquarie laid the foundation stone for ‘the new courthouse in Hyde Park’, the first permanent, purpose-built home for the colony’s law courts.? Intended as a handsome ornament to the town of Sydney, it was to be designed by the emancipist architect, Francis Greenway. Eight years later when the building was finally completed, it was on another site, to a different design and was already too small for its important purpose. In 1833 its judicial occupants thought it ‘inconvenient, inadequate and comfortless’. A hundred years later the complaint was just the same.

When it finally vacated the site in 1977, after one hundred and fifty years of use, to move into a new building on Queen's Square, it seemed as if the Supreme Court’s continuing association with its first court house would be only token. But twenty years later the Supreme Court moved back and as work began to conserve and enhance these much complained of buildings, some of their history began to be revealed.

Where did it all go wrong? Whose design was it? And why could no-one put it right?

About the lecturer

Rosemary Annable is a consultant historian who has worked for over twenty years in the field of heritage studies, researching buildings and sites for conservation projects. She is a fellow, and past president, of the Royal Australian Historical Society; a fellow of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies; and the Honorary Archivist of St James’ Anglican Church, the Supreme Court’s closest and oldest neighbour. She is currently a member of the Heritage Council of New South Wales and the chair of its History Panel. Rosemary’s research on the King Street Courts was undertaken for the firm of PTW Architects, on behalf of the Attorney General’s Department, as part of the extensive programme of restoration and refurbishment undertaken on the King Street Courts site since 1997.

2006 Surfabout

Thu Nov 09 2006

All surfing counsel, lawyers and members of the judiciary are invited to participate in the 2006 Surfabout, hosted by the Australian Lawyers Surfing Association Inc and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. The Bar Association will host and provide a BBQ lunch for all participants.

For more information, download a 2006 Surfabout flyer.

Chief Justice Spigelman AC to present St Thomas More Society lecture

Thu Nov 09 2006

'Lions in Conflict: Bacon, Coke and Ellesmere, the Years of Elizabeth'

Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2006? Time: 5.30 pm Place: Banco Court, Level 13, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney Cost: Free

Between 1999 and 2003 the chief justice delivered a series of lectures for the St Thomas More Society, subsequently published under the title 'Becket and Henry – The Becket Lectures'. The chief justice is to give a further series of lectures on the interconnecting careers of, and rivalry between, Francis Bacon, Edward Coke and Lord Ellesmere from the last decade of the reign of Elizabeth I and through the reign of James. The lectures will consider the dramatic events in which they were engaged: the persecution of the Jesuits, the Essex rebellion, the Gunpowder Plot, a range of state trials, the sacking of Coke and the impeachment of Bacon. The themes will encompass religious conflict, judicial independence, the nature of treason, the use of torture, the power of the monarchy, the developing role of parliament and judicial activism versus fidelity to the law. The first lecture will concentrate on the late Elizabethan period until the accession of James.

Welcome ceremony for Federal Magistrate Tom Altobelli

Thu Nov 09 2006

Members are invited to a ceremonial sitting of the Federal Magistrates Court to welcome the appointment of Dr Tom Altobelli as a federal magistrate. The ceremony will be held on 11 December 2006 at 4.30pm on level 7 of the Family Court, Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

Michael Slattery QC will be speaking on behalf of the Bar.

P.A. Selth Executive Director

9 November 2006

Swearing in details for Mr Ian Harrison SC

Wed Nov 08 2006

A formal ceremony to mark the swearing in of Ian Harrison SC as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales will be held in the Banco Court on Monday, 12 February 2007 at 9.30am.

The attorney general will address the court on behalf of the Bar.

P.A. Selth Executive Director

8 November 2006