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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 e-mail:kerrie.leotta@chambers.net.au, 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 cpenrose@nswbar.asn.au.

Acknowledgement of receipt will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact cpenrose@nswbar.asn.au 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.

CPD seminar on superannuation postponed

Tue Nov 14 2006

Tonight's CPD seminar entitled 'Superannuation: Once in a Lifetime' has been postponed. The seminar will be offered again in February 2007. The organisers regret any inconvenience caused.

P.A. Selth Executive Director

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

Farewell Ceremony for the Hon Justice Handley AO

Wed Nov 08 2006

The Hon Justice Handley AO will retire as a judge of appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 11 January 2007. A formal ceremony for this occasion will be held in the Banco Court at 9.30am on Friday, 15 December 2006.

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

14 December 2006

Amended Bar Council 2007 Election Results

Fri Nov 03 2006

Pursuant to Rule 11.8.3 of the Bar Association Constitution, I declare the following elected to the 2007 Bar Council:

Pursuant to Rule 11.8.1(a) (the 5 Senior Counsel who received the most votes)

Slattery QC, Michael Katzmann SC, Anna Toner SC, Robert Coles QC, Bernard Bathurst QC, Tom King SC, Larry Zahra SC, Peter Gleeson SC, Justin Garling SC, Peter

Pursuant to Rule 11.8.1(b) (the 3 members who have been practising as Local Practising Barristers for less than 5 years who have received the most votes)

Holz, Margaret Sharp, Naomi Francois, Rachel

Pursuant to Rule 11.8.1(c) (of the remaining candidates, the 13 members – of whom no more than 4 shall be Senior Counsel – who have received the most votes)

Khandhar, Paresh Traill, Kate McHugh, Michael Pepper, Rachel Cunneen, Margaret McGrath, Garry Healey, Anne Ash, David Lancaster, Richard

1031 valid or partially valid votes were counted.

Download the 2007 Bar Council election tally of ballot papers.

P.A. Selth Returning Officer

3 November 2006

Bar Council election results

Fri Nov 03 2006

Pursuant to Rule 11.8.3 of the Bar Association Constitution, I declare the following elected to the 2007 Bar Council:

Pursuant to Rule 11.8.1(a) (the 5 Senior Counsel who received the most votes)

Slattery QC, Michael Katzmann SC, Anna Toner SC, Robert Coles QC, Bernard Bathurst QC, Tom King SC, Larry Zahra SC, Peter Gleeson SC, Justin Garling SC, Peter

Pursuant to Rule 11.8.1(b) (the 3 members who have been practising as Local Practising Barristers for less than 5 years who have received the most votes)

Holz, Margaret Sharp, Naomi Girdham, Jennie

Pursuant to Rule 11.8.1(c) (of the remaining candidates, the 13 members – of whom no more than 4 shall be Senior Counsel – who have received the most votes)

Khandhar, Paresh Traill, Kate McHugh, Michael Pepper, Rachel Cunneen, Margaret McGrath, Garry Healey, Anne Ash, David Lancaster, Richard

1031 valid or partially valid votes were counted.

Download the 2007 Bar Council election tally of ballot papers.

P.A. Selth Returning Officer

3 November 2006

Close of ballot for election of 2007 Bar Council

Thu Nov 02 2006

A final reminder that the ballot for the election of the 2007 Bar Council closes at 1.00pm on Friday, 3 November 2006. Counting of the ballot will commence immediately after the annual general meeting.

P.A. Selth, Executive Director and Returning Officer

2 November 2006

Annual general meeting, Friday 3 November 2006 at 1.00pm

Thu Nov 02 2006

The annual general meeting of The New South Wales Bar Association and the Barristers’ Benevolent Association will be held this Friday, 3 November 2006 at 1.00pm in the common room.

All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

P.A. Selth, Executive Director and Returning Officer

2 November 2006

Heads of chambers meeting

Thu Nov 02 2006

The next heads of chambers meeting will be held on Monday, 6 November 2006 at 5.00pm in the New South Wales Bar Association common room.

AGENDA

1. President’s report on events and issues arising since June 2006.

2. Other issues raised by heads of chambers.

3. Discussion by Dr Jonathan Phillips, Consultant Psychiatrist, regarding mental health at the Bar.