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Gray's Inn is updating its records

Thu Jan 31 2008

The treasurer of Gray's Inn for 2008, the Hon Michael J Beloff QC, is updating the database of members. If you were called to the Bar by Gray's Inn, he would be grateful if you could contact him via e-mail: michaelbeloff@blackstonechambers.com Include your name and�date of call. A CV with current professional information would be welcome.

31 January 2008

General federal law registry

Thu Jan 31 2008

The Federal Magistrates Court has issued a notice for litigants & practitioners filing in�the Federal Magistrates Court – General Law. A registry�commenced operation on 29 January 2008 for general federal law matters in the Federal Magistrates Court. More information>

31 January 2008

Speeches to note: Jack Straw on a UK Bill of Rights

Thu Jan 31 2008

Debate about a Charter of Rights is gathering pace in Australia. Meanwhile,�in the United Kingdom, the Right Hon Jack Straw MP, lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice, has built upon�last year's�Mackenzie Stuart Lecture with another speech on how a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities fits into a long British tradition.

View the speech>

31 January 2008

Legislation to note: Road Transport Legislation (Breath Testing and Analysis) Act 2007 No 99

Thu Jan 31 2008

The provisions of the Road Transport Legislation (Breath Testing and Analysis) Act 2007 commenced on 25 January 2008.�The purpose of the Act, as provided in the explanatory notes, is to�amend the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 and certain other legislation with respect to a new standard for evidential breath analysers. The new standard provides for the concentration of alcohol revealed by new breath measuring devices to be measured by reference to the amount of alcohol in grammes in 210 litres of exhaled breath.

View the Act>

31 January 2008

Tom Bathurst QC elected president of the Australian Bar Association

Thu Jan 31 2008

Tom Bathurst QC was elected president of the Australian Bar Association on�Wednesday, 30 January 2008. Office bearers in the ABA for 2008 are:�

President: Tom Bathurst QC Vice president: Peter Riordan SC Hon treasurer: Michael Stewart SC Hon secretary: Dan O'Connor

31 January 2008 �

NSW courts are keeping up with the workload

Thu Jan 31 2008

The New South Wales court system has been given a favourable report card by the Productivity Commission. The report on court administration is contained in Part C of the Productivity Commission's Review of Government Service Provision.

Attorney General Hatzistergos has welcomed the findings of the report. "NSW Local Courts, which handle more than 90 per cent of the state's court cases, have maintained the lowest criminal case backlog in Australia for five consecutive years", he said. "These results are due to the hard work of the court staff and the NSW Government's massive investment in the facilities they�use"

�View the attorney general's media release>

31 January 2008

No agency should be immune from public scrutiny: Law Council

Thu Jan 31 2008

Law Council President Ross Ray QC�has�cautioned�Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty�to be�be less focused on vilifying those who have exposed AFP shortcomings and more focused on ensuring that mistakes are not repeated. Ray QC said that media and public scrutiny had played an active role in securing the freedom of Dr Mohamed Haneef.

In a speech to the Sydney Institute, Commissioner Keelty lamented the nature and timing of public scrutiny recently brought to bear on his agency, in relation to its handling of terror cases.

View the Law Council media release>

31 January 2008

CJ speech at the Law Society Opening of Law Term Dinner

Wed Jan 30 2008

The Hon JJ Spigelman AC, chief justice of New South Wales,�last night delivered his annual address to Law Society's Law Term Dinner. In his speech, the chief justice commented on the importance of professional engagement with the region and the role that Sydney plays as a centre for vibrant commercial legal practice, capable of competing with Hong Kong and Singapore.

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30 January 2008

2008 Committees: a message from the president

Wed Jan 30 2008

Below is a link to�the membership lists for the Bar Association's 2008 committees.

As happens every year, we have received an overwhelming number of offers to assist in the work of the committees.� It is simply not possible to take up everyone's offer.� Thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve.

It is necessary for there to be some change in committee membership each year.� It is important that committee membership reflects as wide a cross-section of the Bar as possible.� There is neither room on a committee, nor is it fair to others who wish to be on a committee, for members who (for whatever reason) are not able to make a sustained contribution to the work of their committee.�� The new committees have been chosen with all these things in mind.

During the year the Bar Council will inevitably need the assistance of members on a wide range of matters that do not fall within a committee's jurisdiction.� Sometimes, some committees have more work than they can manage. Assistance may be sought from those who have volunteered but who at this time we have been unable to place on a committee.

If anyone selected for membership of a committee is at any time unable to give full service, I would ask that he or she let the Executive Director know as soon as possible.

Thank you to all those members who are not continuing on a committee this year for all their assistance in past years.� It is in accordance with the highest standards of the profession that so many members of the Bar keep offering to work on committees, often for many years.

In a few cases the retiring members will have commitments outstanding, for example a PCC report.� I urge each of you to meet these commitments as quickly as possible.

View the list of committees>

Anna Katzmann SC President

30 January 2008

Papers to note: Review of Periodic Detention

Tue Jan 29 2008

The NSW Sentencing Council has released a report on periodic detention. It concludes that due to uneven implementation�across the state and the resulting discriminatory impact, consideration should be given to the�possibility of replacing periodic detention with a Community Corrections Order (CCO).� View the report>

29 January 2008

Council of Law Reporting for NSW has relocated

Tue Jan 29 2008

The Council of Law Reporting for NSW editorial office has re-located. Please update your records.

Council of Law Reporting for NSW Suite 23, Level 16, 327 Pitt St Sydney NSW 2000

New phone number: 02 9266 0768 New fax number: 02 9266 0767 Same general email: office@nswlr.com.au

29 January 2008

Australia Day Honours: The Hon Susan Crennan AC

Tue Jan 29 2008

The Hon Justice Susan Crennan has been made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Australia Day Honours list. The award is for outstanding service to the law and the judiciary, particularly through leadership and mentoring roles with legal and professional associations, as a contributor to reform, and to the community.

29 January 2008

Call for submissions on copyright exemptions

Tue Jan 29 2008

The Australian Government is reviewing the operation of two new copyright exceptions that permit ‘format shifting’. These exceptions are sections 47J and 110AA of the Copyright Act 1968 which permit photographs and cinematograph films to be reproduced in a different format for private use, subject to certain conditions.

Sections 47J and 110AA were introduced by the Copyright Amendment Act 2006 and commenced on 11 December 2006. That Act also requires that a review of the operation of these provisions be carried out by 31 March 2008.�

The Attorney-General's Department has released an issues�paper is to invite submissions on whether sections 47J and 110AA are operating satisfactorily or whether either provision should be modified in some way.

Submissions are invited from interested parties on the matters covered in this paper. The closing date for submissions is 29 February 2008.

Learn more>

29 January 2008

Reminder: Lakatos swearing-in

Mon Jan 28 2008

Paul Lakatos SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Monday,�4 February, 2008 at 9.30 a.m. in Court 21 John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

President Anna Katzmann SC will speak on behalf of the Bar.

1 February�2008

Bar Library - Hours of operation during renovation

Fri Jan 25 2008

The Bar Library will continue to operate from the Common Room whilst renovations are finalised on 11 February 2008.�The Library will be open to offer a limited service from 8am to 6pm.

There will be NO hard copy materials available during this period so please avoid visiting the Library in person if possible. The Library will provide a service from available electronic materials. Please telephone or e-mail requests for assistance.

Please do not return any items to the Library during this period.

4 February�2008

Filming on Philip Street

Fri Jan 18 2008

A television commercial�will be filmed on Phillip Street between Martin Place & King Street on Saturday, 19 January, from approximately 5am through to 10am.

Production vehicles and trucks will park on the Elizabeth Street, and the filming will take place on Phillip Street between King St and Martin Place. The western side of Phillip Street will be cleared just south of Martin Place through to King Street.

For further information, contact Garrett Robinson, location manager, on� M 0414 715 012.

18 January 2008

Legislation to note: Crimes Amendment (Sexual Procurement or Grooming of Children) Act 2007

Fri Jan 18 2008

The Crimes Amendment (Sexual Procurement or Grooming of Children) Act 2007 commenced today,�18 January 2008.The object of the Act is to make it an offence for an adult to procure or groom a child for unlawful sexual activity.

The proposed preparatory offences will be subject to the following range of penalties depending on the age of the child (irrespective of the nature of the sexual activity for which the child has been procured or groomed):

(a) Procuring a child under 14 years of age—Imprisonment for 15 years, (b) Procuring a child under 16 years of age—Imprisonment for 12 years, (c) Grooming a child under 14 years of age—Imprisonment for 12 years, (d) Grooming a child under 16 years of age—Imprisonment for 10 years.

18 January 2008

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Appointments to the New South Wales Supreme Court

Fri Jan 18 2008

The Hon Acting Justice Handley AO�has been reappointed as a judge and a judge of appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 29 January 2008 and expiring on 28 January 2009.

His Honour Judge Rein SC has been appointed as an acting judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 29 January 2008 and expiring on 28 March 2008.

18 January 2008

2008 CPD Mini Conferences

Fri Jan 18 2008

Registrations are open for the 2008 NSW Bar Association CPD Regional Conferences. The�six CPD conferences will take place during February and March 2008. Full attendance at any of the conferences will attract 10 CPD points, covering the four strands required for the practising certificate year.

The conferences will be held in: North Coast - Kingscliff, Newcastle, Parramatta, Canberra, Sydney and Orange.�Post-conference dinners will be held at the North Coast, Canberra and Orange events only.

For further details, download a flyer and registration form. As space is limited, please book early to ensure your place. Please contact Katie Hall (khall@nswbar.asn.au, ph: 9229 1720) or Jo Musumeci (jmusumeci@nswbar.asn.au, ph: 9229 1722) for more information.

6 February 2008

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Remaining Law Term religious services

Fri Jan 18 2008

The Jewish service to mark the opening of Law Term will take place on Friday, 1 February 2008 at 5.30pm in the Great Synagogue, 166 Castlereagh Street.

The pan-Orthodox service to mark the opening of Law Term will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern on Tuesday, 5 February 2008 at 6.30pm.

30�January 2008

2008 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship

Wed Jan 16 2008

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA(AB)) invite applications for the 2008 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship. This prize will enable an Australian student or graduate of law to complete an internship with the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands. The internship is an award in the memory of the late Hon Dr Peter Nygh AM, former judge of the Family Court and an Australian delegate to the Hague Conference. Learn more>

4 February�2008

Fees owed to counsel

Wed Jan 16 2008

Pursuant to s623(2) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW), Andrew Brown has been appointed manager of the following practice:�

John Lander and Associates

Counsel with outstanding fees should contact Mr Brown as soon as possible. Whilst Mr Brown has advised that he cannot guarantee fees outstanding would be paid in total or recover of any fee due from any source, he would do his best to assist counsel owed fees. Andrew Brown may be contacted on:

ph: (02) 9926 0321 fax: (02) 9926 0166 or via e-mail: asb@lawsocnsw.asn.au

16 January 2008