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

The Indigenous Barristers' Strategy Working Party invites you to The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table

Thu Aug 16 2007

The Indigenous Barristers' Strategy Working Party is proud to support The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table, a�powerful and stirring play by Wesley Enoch about four generations of an Indigenous family on Stradbroke Island.�Join members of the working party�for drinks�at 7.00pm at the SBW Stables Theatre on Friday, 31 August 2007 (performance starts at 8.00pm).�It�tells the story of a�young Aboriginal man’s yearning to understand his history, which�is at odds with his mother’s desire to protect his future.

In the 1870s a girl is born under a tree, her birth tree, chosen to give her strength and wisdom. When the tree is cut down she follows it into the white man’s world, working as a cook for the big house on the island. Her tree has become a kitchen table, one she will pass down through successive generations as a legacy - a way of carving out her family stories. Now, generations later, a young man and his mother fight for ownership of the table. � Directed by one of Australia’s foremost directors, Marion Potts (Othello, Wonderlands), Cookie’s Table is emotionally stirring yet full of wonderful humour, and a timely reflection on how an individual family can heal itself.

Download a booking form >>��

Please send payment form to:

Cindy Penrose fax: 9221 1149

29�August 2007

Positions available: public defenders

Thu Aug 16 2007

The Honourable John Hatzistergos, MLC, attorney general, is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a public defender under the Public Defenders Act 1995.�More information >>

16 August 2007

Appointment as part-time judicial and non-judicial members of the ADT

Thu Aug 16 2007

The Honourable John Hatzistergos, MLC, attorney general of New South Wales, is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as part-time judicial and non-judicial members of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal of NSW for a fixed term that may be renewed.� A register of suitable appointees will be created which will be consulted as vacancies arise. More information >>

16 August 2007

A few facts and figures relating to the July 2007 Bar examinations

Wed Aug 15 2007

In July 2007, a final total of 81 candidates sat for the various Bar exams. Here are some interesting statistics about the results.

>> A pass mark is 75 per cent for each examination. >>�Seventeen candidates withdrew before sitting exams. >> Not all exams had equal candidature. >> Thirty-nine members of the Bar Association assisted in the preparation�and marking of papers.

Practice and procedure 68.3% of candidates passed after moderation.�The average mark achieved was 71.6

Evidence 54.5% of candidates passed after moderation.�The average mark achieved was 68.3

Ethics 80.00% of candidates passed after moderation.�The average mark achieved was 77.2

Congratulations to Warwick Hunt and Stuart Lawrance who achieved the highest aggregate score in these examinations.�Warwick will receive the 'P Blashki Award' and Stuart will receive the 'Con Varnavas Award' presented for academic achievement in the Bar examinations.

16 August 2007


Wed Aug 15 2007

Security and other arrangements for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Conference in September 2007 will impact upon court sittings over the period 27 August to 9 September 2007.

First, 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.

Secondly, police officers will be unavailable to attend court and give evidence in criminal matters over this period. Although the conference itself does not commence until 3 September, extensive police training will be conducted during the preceding week. The following details are based on� current advice from the New South Wales Attorney General’s Department, and may be subject to change.

District Court

The APEC conference will have an impact on District Court trial listings in Sydney for the weeks commencing 27 August and 3 September.

Practical difficulties during this period, mainly the unavailability of police witnesses, will restrict the number of trials to be listed. The chief judge has decided to reduce by 10 the number of trial courts sitting in Sydney for these two weeks and to sit an extra 10 courts in the country. The DPP and Legal Aid Commission have been consulted and agree with this approach.

Police from the Sydney West, Gosford and Wollongong regions will be involved in security operations in Sydney during this time. The District Court will not sit during the public holiday on 7 September.

Accordingly the chief judge has requested that short matters weeks be rostered in Sydney West, Gosford and Wollongong during these two weeks and that extra trial weeks will sit at East Maitland, Queanbeyan, Lismore, Bathurst (at Katoomba) Goulburn, Albury, Wagga Wagga , Taree and Port Macquarie during the weeks commencing 27 August and 3 September.

The chief judge proposes not to list any fresh trials in Sydney during this period although it is inevitable that there will be a number of part heard trials continuing, through this period.

Local courts

In the period 24 August to 7 September, magistrates will be listing civil and nonpolice matters, such as apprehended violence orders. Bail arrangements Amendments to the Evidence (Audio and Visual Links) Act 1998 have been passed during the current parliamentary session to enable bail hearings for people in custody for offences committed over the APEC period to be heard by audio visual link.

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

The Bar Association will continue to monitor the conference’s impact on the court system and advise members accordingly.

The APEC 2007 Taskforce publishes the latest information about changes to transport and access to the Sydney CBD during the September conference. Visit and�print�the Sydney Bulletins�or view�the Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs).�

15 August 2007

A guest lecture by Justice Joubran of the Supreme Court of Israel: 4.30pm today

Wed Aug 15 2007

Tonight, members of the New South Wales Bar will have the rare opportunity to hear a guest lecture by Justice Joubran, a justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. Since 1993 Justice Joubran sat on the District Court in Haifa, before his nomination to the Supreme Court of Israel in 2004. Previously, he served as a judge at the Magistrate Court in Haifa: this after being admitted to the Israeli Bar in 1970, and holding the position of Head of a Private Practice.

In addition to his judicial activities, Justice Joubran is a board member of the council for Advancing Israel, and was awarded the Lord Marks Sieff Prize for distinguished initiatives to improve the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Justice Joubran is also a member of the National Judges Council.

Please note the start time of 4.30pm. For more information, download a flyer�>>

15 August 2007


Reminder: memorial service for David Officer

Mon Aug 13 2007

The memorial service for David Officer will be held on Monday, 3 September at 11am at Christ Church, Lavender Bay (Corner of Walker and Lavender Streets, North Sydney).�Mourners are advised that parking is limited, but the church is close to North Sydney Station.

30�August 2007

@theLCA: the Law Council

Fri Aug 10 2007

Download and view the Law Council's periodic e-newsletter, @theLCA. This bulletin provides timely information to lawyers about issues of national importance. Volume�17,�9 August 2007�is now available online.

10 August 2007

New procedures for audio visual links take effect on 3 September

Thu Aug 09 2007

The chief magistrate of the NSW Local Court has issued Practice Note No.5 of 2007, which relates to procedures for the use of audio visual links�for persons in custody. The provisions will take effect on 3 September 2007.

An article by Sue Kluss, analysing the new AVL procedures, will feature in the September edition of Bar Brief.

Download Practice Note No 5 of 2007 >>��

Annexure listing audiovisual facilities in local courts >>

31�August 2007

Bar Association web statistics for July

Wed Aug 08 2007

A brief analysis of statistics from the Bar Association's web site provides an insight into how many people visit, when they do so and what sort of pages they open. Some of the results are quite surprising.

During the month of July, the Bar Association's web site received 9,137 unique visitors, who made a total of 25,757 visits (an average of 2.81� visits per user) and viewed 328,202 pages (12.74 pages per visit).�

'Find a barrister' is still the most visited web page. It was viewed 41,000 times during July. The next most visited pages were (in descending order) Chambers Accommodation, the Professional Matters page and News and Developments, receiving 8,244, 3,712 and 1,669 visits respectively.

The most popular time to visit the web site is between 3.00pm and 5.00pm, Monday to Wednesday.

The new section on costs precedents has been a great success, with 1,273 visits during July.

Bar Brief No.141 was viewed 842 times in the month of July.

Interesting�facts of the month

July saw the most-viewed Bar Association circular since statistics�have been�kept.�The flyer announcing a Federal Court litigation funding seminar�was viewed 1,496 times. Previously, the most widely read circular was the one�regarding the association's action against Nationwide News Ltd for�publishing details of�Dr Power's referees (1,044 views).

The list of visitors to our web site, sorted by domain name, included some interesting new entries.

The first was Indonesia: with the .id domain ranked sixth place (behind the .com, .au, .net. and .uk domain names) and ahead of New Zealand's .nz.

Perhaps the most interesting new visitors were 10 people with .mil in their address - the United States Military.�This�may have had�something to do with announcements about Major Mori's life membership of the ABA.

8 August 2007