The Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture

Fri Aug 31 2007

All members of the New South Wales Bar Association are invited to the second Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture, presented by the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law, to be held on Thursday, 13 September 2007 at 6.00pm in the Banco Court, Queens Square.

The guest speaker will be the Hon Dr Geoff Gallop, professor and director, Graduate School of Management, University of Sydney.

The topic will focus on the challenge of living with a mental illness in a high profile profession. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion involving the partners of a number of Sydney law firms, chaired by Professor Ron McCallum, dean of law at the University of Sydney.

Register your attendance by 1 September 2007 by e-mailing �

The Tristan Jepson Memorial Programme aims to create awareness, educate and work to remove the stigma of mental illness within the legal profession.

31 August 2007

A summary of APEC related information

Thu Aug 30 2007

Former foreign affairs minister, Gareth Evans,�once�described�Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as 'four adjectives in search of a noun'. The Economic Leaders Meeting in Sydney on 8-9 September has been billed as 'the most important international meeting Australia has ever hosted'. Either way, the conference will have an impact upon the workings of the legal profession. The Bar Association, through regular In Brief articles, has sought to keep members informed of security and court arrangements. The following is a summary of those reports and identifies key sources of information.

1. The Bar Association

The Bar Association will be closed during the public holiday on Friday, 7 September 2007.�

2. Ground zero: the APEC venues

The APEC Economic Leaders Meetings will be held on Saturday, 8 September at the Opera House and Sunday, 9 September at Government House.

The immediate surrounds of both venues, including a portion of the Royal Botanic Gardens, form the Restricted Zone, and will be closed to the public from 6am on Friday, 7 September through 11pm on Sunday, 9 September 2007.


3. Identification and access to chambers�

The Queens Square legal precinct will not form part of the Restricted Zone.

However, there is a foreseeable possibility that�additional restrictions may apply in response to protests or other events.�Further, members can expect the NSW Police will have a strong presence in the city throughout the conference.

On this basis, it would be advisable for those members and staff who work in this area to carry a�Bar Association photo ID, driver's licence or other appropriate identification with them during the APEC Conference period.

4. Obtaining member identification

Members who wish to obtain or renew a member ID card may do so by contacting reception.�For convenience and to facilitate speedier processing, an application form�/ tax invoice may be downloaded from the association's web site.

5. Court sittings

State courts within an area bounded by Manly, Hornsby, Windsor, Penrith, Camden, Campbelltown and Sutherland, with the exception of bail sittings (mentioned below), will not sit during the public holiday on Friday, 7 September. Similarly, the NSW Attorney General’s Department has been advised that Federal and Family courts throughout metropolitan Sydney will also not sit on that day.

Supreme Court of NSW With the exception of Friday, 7 September, the Supreme Court will maintain its standard operating hours (9am to 5pm).

Court sittings will also be unaffected, although in criminal trials, the court is mindful that adjustments may need to be made to the timing of police witness evidence due to their�additional operational requirements during this time.

The Supreme Court will be closed on Friday, 7 September, the designated APEC public holiday. As is the case on other public holidays, duty judges will be available to hear urgent applications. The duty judges' names will be published in the court list in the usual manner.

_District Court

_Criminal�sittings between 27 August and 3 September:

>> Country: Additional sittings confirmed and listed for Albury, Bathurst (sittings at Katoomba), East Maitland, Goulburn, Lismore, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Taree and Wagga Wagga. Sittings originally fixed and sitting at Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Griffith, Lismore, Newcastle, Nowra, Orange, Tamworth. Wollongong and Gosford each sitting�one court to deal with short matters.

>> Sydney West: Parramatta, Penrith and Campbelltown each sitting�three courts to deal with short matters.

>> Sydney: Estimated that there will be�six trial courts, one short matters court and�one appeals court sitting.

Civil sittings will continue as normal.

Local Courts

Weekend and weekday Local Court bail sittings will continue over the two week period, including the public holiday planned for 7 September.

All APEC related matters from 27 August to 10 September 2007 will be dealt with at Parramatta Court.

For the period 7 September to 10 September the following will apply:

>> APEC matters from Sydney Police Centre (SPC) will be dealt with via AVL to Parramatta Court 5 >> Non-APEC matters from SPC will be dealt with via AVL to Parramatta Court 5� >> Usual non-APEC matters (from Parramatta/Penrith/Campbelltown) will be dealt with by Parramatta Court 4 in person.� >> Overflow of APEC Matters (transported from SPC to Parramatta Court) in person at Parramatta Court 4.

6. Traffic changes

There will be a number of traffic changes in and around Sydney, beginning as early as 1 September.�A recent�edition of In Brief published a�notification on this subject from the RTA and the NSW Police Force. The Roads and Traffic Authority web site provides�the most detailed and�accessible source of information�on road closures and special event clearways.

Members travelling through Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport are advised to pay particular attention to periodic lane closures on key roads, including Southern Cross Drive, South Dowling Street and the Eastern Distributor.

7. Maritime exclusion zones

Unfortunately, the yachting fraternity at the Bar can't escape disruption by taking to the�water. Security exclusion zones on Sydney Harbour will apply at certain times. More information can be found from the NSW Maritime web site

Visit the APEC web site

The APEC web site for news and current awareness. In particular, the latest Sydney Bulletin�includes colour coded maps and street directories of road closures and other important information.

30 August 2007

Papers to note: NSW Recorded Crime Statistics, June 2007 Quarterly Update

Thu Aug 30 2007

This report, released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, is a quarterly update of trends in recorded criminal incidents in New South Wales.�The report shows trends in 17 major crime categories. View the report >>

Another recent BOCSAR publication, the NSW Criminal Court Statistics Annual Report (released 22 August 2007) is also available online from the BOCSAR web site�

30 August 2007

Sixth Annual Supreme Court Concert, Monday, 24 September 2007

Thu Aug 30 2007

Tickets for this popular concert have been selling fast and there is a limited number of seats available. The concert this year features truly outstanding artists, and music lovers will be disappointed to miss out. If you would like to come, please book without delay.

Date:�Monday, 24 September 2007 Time:�5.15pm for drinks in the foyer,��6.15pm to 7.30pm for the concert Venue:�Banco Court, Level 13 Cost:�$55 per person (including refreshments)

Please make your cheques payable to "Supreme Court Concert" and send to: � Ms M Finter Justice Palmer’s Chambers Supreme Court of NSW GPO Box 3, Sydney� NSW� 2001

12 September 2007


APEC traffic changes in the CBD: how will you be affected?

Wed Aug 29 2007

There will be a number of traffic changes in and around Sydney between 1-10 September for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit. The Roads and Traffic Authority and NSW Police Force have issued a message outlining the key traffic changes to the road network. Members of the Bar are urged to check these proposed road closures against their anticipated movements during the relevant period.

The latest Sydney Bulletin�(No.5, 16 August 2007)�includes colour coded maps and street directories of road closures and other important information.

29 August 2007

Increased means test thresholds for legal aid from 3 September 2007

Wed Aug 29 2007

Following earlier increases to the means test thresholds in January and August 2006, Legal Aid NSW will introduce further increases to both the income and asset test thresholds with effect from 3 September 2007. Full details of the means test threshold increases will be available on Legal Aid NSW’s web site� from that date.

Overview of other initiatives

In October 2005, Legal Aid NSW introduced a simplified means test for legal aid applicants who receive an eligible Centrelink income support payment at the maximum rate.� Such applicants are able to use their Centrelink statement of benefit as proof of their income� to satisfy the income part of the means test.�

In April 2006, Legal Aid NSW launched an on-line self-assessment tool to assist potential clients, legal practitioners and other service providers to assess financial eligibility for legal aid. Learn more about the Means Test Indicator >>

Legal Aid NSW values the important and valuable contribution private practitioners make to providing legal aid services.� Legal Aid NSW looks forward to continued collaboration with private practitioners to better serve the needs of our community and our clients.

Enquiries can be directed to Lyndsay Brooker, Manager Legal Policy on (02) 9219 5859 or at

29 August 2007


Web update: the Women Barristers

Wed Aug 29 2007

The Women Barristers' Forum was established on 19 June 2004 to assist women at the New South Wales Bar. In 2007�the WBF�became a section of the Bar Association.�

The�forum's�web site, which�includes news about seminars�and a directory of women barristers, has been absorbed into the association's site. Nevertheless, it will retain its distinctive style and will�be readily accessible from a number of pages. �Learn more about the Women Barristers' Forum >>

29 August 2007

Law Council of Australia Media Release re South Pacific Forum

Tue Aug 28 2007

The Law Council’s South Pacific Forum brings together, for the first time, bar leaders, government officials and practitioners from 11 South Pacific nations. View the [media release][1].

[1]: ../../../circulars/MR2407 South Pacific Legal Leaders Descend on Australia for Forum.pdf "Media Release"

Retirement of the Hon Justice R N Talbot

Mon Aug 27 2007

The Hon Justice Talbot�will retire from�the Land and Environment Court on Wednesday, 29 August 2007.� His final sitting will commence at 9.30am in court 11A.

27 August 2007

Vale Mark Macadam QC (1941-2007)

Mon Aug 27 2007

Mark Macadam QC, retired deputy senior crown prosecutor, died on Friday, 24 August 2007�in Lismore.�The funeral will be held on Wednesday, 29 August 2007 at St Carthage's Cathedral, Lismore, commencing at 1pm.

The family has requested that donations, in lieu of flowers,�should be sent to the Cancer Care and Haematology Unit at Lismore Base Hospital, 60 Uralba Street, Lismore, NSW, 2480.

27 August 2007

APEC security update: Sydney Bulletin No.5 (16 August 2007)

Wed Aug 22 2007

The APEC 2007 Taskforce publishes the latest information about changes to transport and access to the Sydney CBD during the September conference. The latest Sydney Bulletin�(No.5, 16 August 2007)�detailing road closures and other important information is now available online in PDF.

15 August 2007

Memorial service for Michael Alan Viney

Wed Aug 22 2007

Former District Court judge, his Honour Judge Michael A Viney QC, died last night.� He was aged 70. Funeral arrangements will be advised.

27 August 2007

Reminder: Graham Freudenberg to deliver final rhetoric seminar TONIGHT

Tue Aug 21 2007

Tonight, the final seminar, "20th Century Political Rhetoric: Churchill, Menzies & Whitlam" will be presented by Graham Freudenberg AM, the highly acclaimed speechwriter and press secretary to state and federal Labor leaders, such Gough Whitlam. The chair of the session will be Tony Whitlam QC. Learn more about Graham Freudenberg's lecture >>

The seminar will start at 5.15pm in the Bar Common Room. Learn More About the Rhetoric Series >>

28 August 2007

Reminder: life membership presentation for Justice Callinan, Monday, 27 August at 5.15pm

Tue Aug 21 2007

Justice Callinan will be presented with life membership of the Bar Association at a ceremony in the Bar Common Room on Monday, 27 August 2007 at 5.15pm. Refreshments will be served.

Justice Callinan, who is to retire from the High Court on 31 August 2007, has been a member of the Bar Association since February 1985. At its meeting on 12 July 2007 �Bar Council resolved that Justice Callinan be made a life member for exceptional service to the profession of the law.

Other life members >>

27 August�2007

Part-time employment opportunities wanted for Indigenous law students

Tue Aug 21 2007

As part of the Bar Association's Indigenous Barristers Strategy, all barristers, clerks and chambers are encouraged to identify part-time employment opportunities for Indigenous law students. Ideally, this would be for a day or half day a week on a regular basis doing loose-leaf filing, administrative or clerical tasks or research and include some mentoring and guidance for the student.

This initiative has been highly successful for a number of Indigenous law students and needs the ongoing support of the Bar to ensure its continued success. Contact with the Bar as well as some financial security significantly contributes to the success of the student at their law studies. There are a number of students currently looking for an opportunity.

Please contact Chris Ronalds SC on or 9229 7378 if you are able to assist.

21 July 2008��

Reminder: Sydney Admiralty and Maritime Users Group meeting

Tue Aug 21 2007

The Admiralty and Maritime judges in the Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court have given consideration to a draft note concerning the conduct of cargo claims. It is proposed to have user group meetings in various cities later this year.� The date for the Sydney Admiralty and Maritime Users Group meeting (at which any practitioner or interested person is invited to attend) will be Wednesday 24 October 2007.

15 October 2007

Do you move? Notify the Bar Association if you change your practice address

Mon Aug 20 2007

Clause 11(1)(d) of the Legal Profession Regulation 2005� provides that barristers must advise The New South Wales Bar Association of the address/addresses at which they practise. Please note a post office box is not a practice address. Clause 21 provides that the practitioner must notify the Bar Council in writing of any change in particulars within seven days after the change occurs.

12 October 2009

Tonight: Advocacy Training Kit to be launched at the Bar Association

Fri Aug 17 2007

Tonight, the Bar Association will host the launch of the Advocacy Training Kit. Developed by judges, barristers, solicitors, academics and senior students, the Advocacy Training Kit is the ultimate guide to the art of advocacy. The publication includes written notes and DVDs that provide an interactive insight into presenting submissions, examining witnesses, etiquette and ethics. In attendance at the launch will be judges, members of the legal profession and academia along with law students from various universities. Refreshments will be served.

Download a flyer >>

30 August 2007