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Cases selected for reporting

Tue Sep 02 2008

Cases selected for reporting in CLR by J D Merralls QC

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of CLR:

CGU Insurance v Porthouse [2008] HCA 30

Roach v Electoral Cmmr [2007] HCA 43

Thomas v Mowbray [2007] HCA 33

_Walker Corp v Sydney Harbour Foreshore A_uthority [2008] HCA 5

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of FCR:

Chiropedic Bedding Pty Ltd v Radburg Pty Ltd [2008] FCAFC 142 French, Rares, Besanko JJ

Sherzad v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2008] FCAFC 145 Moore, Lindgren, Buchanan JJ

2 September 2008

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Farewell ceremony for Chief Justice Murray Gleeson

Mon Sep 01 2008

On Friday, 29 August 2008, a ceremonial sitting of the High Court was held to farewell Chief Justice A M Gleeson AC. Attorney-General Robert McClelland and the president of the Australian Bar Association, Tom Bathurst QC, were among those who spoke at the occasion. View the attorney's speech >�

Earlier that week, at the final sitting in Sydney of Gleeson CJ, David Jackson QC paid tribute to his Honour. View the transcript>

A full report on the retirement of the chief justice will be published in the Summer 2008/2009 edition of Bar News, the Journal of the New South Wales Bar Association.

1 September 2008

15 Bobber: the Hon Justice Nye Perram

Mon Sep 01 2008

To celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice Nye Perram to the Federal Court of Australia a 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 12 September 2008. Speaking for the Hon Justice Nye Perram will be Greg Sirtes. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.15pm with the speeches beginning at 5.30pm.

Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be sent to the association by 5.00pm Wednesday, 10 September. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25.

Download a registration form and return it with payment to the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY or fax 9221 1149.

Please contact Katie Hall on ph (02) 9229 1720 if you have any questions regarding the 15 Bobber.

1 September 2008

Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal appeals now heard by the District Court

Mon Sep 01 2008

Appeals against Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal decisions will be heard in the District Court and no longer in the Supreme Court, according to an announcement by Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney. The change formed part of a package of reforms contained in the Courts and Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2008 passed by the NSW Parliament on 25 June 2008. The change takes effect from today, 1 September 2008. �Learn more>

1 September 2008

New appointments to the Federal Magistrates Court

Mon Sep 01 2008

Attorney-General Robert McClelland�has announced the appointment of seven new federal magistrates, two of whom will be based in Sydney.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Ms Barbara Baker, Ms Evelyn Bender, Ms Anne Demack, Mr David Dunkley, Mr Terry McGuire, Associate Professor Geoffrey Monahan and Ms Judith Walker PSM as Federal Magistrates,” Mr McClelland said. Learn more>

1 September 2008

15 Bobber: the Hon Justice Lindsay Foster

Mon Sep 01 2008

To celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice Lindsay Foster to the Federal Court of Australia a 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 26 September 2008. Speaking for the Hon Justice Lindsay Foster will be John Nicholas SC. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.15pm with the speeches beginning at 5.30pm.

Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be received by the Association by 5.00pm Wednesday, 24 September. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25.

Download a registration form and return it with payment to the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY or fax 9221 1149.

Please contact Katie Hall on ph (02) 9229 1720 if you have any questions regarding the 15 Bobber.

1 September 2008

The sun will set on 1 September for two NSW Regulations

Fri Aug 29 2008

The Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Regulation 2008 has been gazetted. This Regulation replaces the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Regulation 2001, which�will be�repealed on 1 September 2008 by�section 10 (2) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989.�View the Regulation>

Also, the Public Trustee Regulation 2008 has been gazetted, replacing the Public Trustee Regulation 2001, which will be repealed on 1 September 2008 by section 10 (2) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989. View the Regulation>

29 August 2008

Invitation to the inaugural Memorial John McPhee Debate

Fri Aug 29 2008

The Clinical Unit in Ethics and Health Law is pleased to present the inaugural John McPhee Debate, an annual event designed to encourage discussion on�current health law�and clinical ethics. The topic for this year's debate, which�will be held on Monday, 8 September at the Royal Newcastle Centre, John Hunter Hospital will be: "Should we adopt a no fault system of compensation for medical errors?"

Learn more>

29 August 2008

Government widens parameters for victim impact statements

Thu Aug 28 2008

Attorney General John Hatzistergos�has announced�further changes to�the practice and procedure of presenting victim impact statements. Under proposed amendments to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999,�victims of a�wider variety of offences will be able�to give a statement, using�more diverse methods of expression, such as photographs and drawings. View the attorney's media release>

28 August 2008

Australian Government response to report on harmonisation of legal systems

Thu Aug 28 2008

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today tabled the Australian Government’s response to the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee report into the harmonisation of legal systems within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand. The government says it�will act on 22 of the 27 recommendations, including those in relation to harmonisation of guardianship and succession law, evidence law, consumer protection, privacy and debt collection.

View the�government's response to the report�| View the attorney's media release>

28 August 2008

Cases selected for reporting in NSWLR by the Editor, Bret Walker SC

Thu Aug 28 2008

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR:

Shorten v David Hurst Constructions Pty Ltd (ACN 107 042 688) [2008] NSWCA 134 (Hodgson JA, Basten JA and Bell JA)

Attorney-General for NSW v Nationwide News Pty Ltd and Another [2007] NSWCCA 307 (Hodgson JA, Hislop J and Latham J)

Equity 8 Pty Ltd v Shaw Stockbroking Ltd and Another [2007] NSWSC 413 (Barrett J)

For further information, please contact the Council of Law Reporting office: office@nswlr.com.au, phone 9266 0768.

28 August 2008

Honorary silk appointments in England and Wales

Wed Aug 27 2008

Whilst the selection process for senior counsel is in full swing here in New South Wales,�in the UK the Ministry of Justice has invited nominations for appointment as "queen's counsel honoris causa" (honorary silk).

According to the ministry's web site, "honorary silk is awarded to lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts. This can potentially cover a wide range of activities so, while it is difficult to give a definitive list, we would like to make clear that we are happy to consider accomplishments in any area. Traditionally, honorary silk has been awarded to distinguished legal academics and to some lawyers in public service for achievements beyond their normal responsibilities." Learn more>

27 August 2008

Appointment to the Appeal Division of the Family Court

Wed Aug 27 2008

Justice Stephen O'Ryan (a judge of the Family Court of Australia based in Sydney Registry) has been assigned to the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia. Justice O'Ryan was�admitted as a barrister in New South Wales in 1975 and became a queen's counsel in 1990.� On 11 October 1994 he was appointed to the Family Court of Australia.

27 August 2008

Appointment of new acting judge in the District Court

Wed Aug 27 2008

The NSW Executive Council has approved of the appointment of Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Lorraine Syme as an acting judge of the District Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 1 September 2008 and expiring on 31 October 2008.

27 August 2008

Criminal law reform: stop being a spectator

Wed Aug 27 2008

The Law Council of Australia and The New South Wales Bar Association will host a Federal Criminal Law Conference on Friday, 5 September 2008 in Sydney. The primary purpose of the one day conference is to generate new ideas for reform of criminal law and procedure at the Commonwealth level. The Sydney conference will also provide the opportunity for the legal profession to develop a 'reform platform' that can be fed into, and presented at, a broader Federal Criminal Law Conference hosted by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department on 30 September 2008 in Canberra.

The format for the event will be reasonably informal, with speakers invited to talk on their nominated topic for approximately 20 minutes - followed by a period of general discussion. The conference will be followed by a dinner for participants and interested barristers and solicitors. The Hon Bob Debus MP, the minister for home affairs, will deliver the conference dinner address.

Download a conference registration brochure>

27 August 2008

Barristers encouraged to attend the Elizabeth Street Blood Donor Centre

Wed Aug 27 2008

The� Australian Red Cross Blood Service is in desperate need for healthy people to give blood. To increase the convenience of donating blood the Australian Red Cross Blood Service has opened a blood donor centre at 20 Elizabeth Street (near Channel Seven).

Members of the Bar are invited to take up the challenge and donate today. Blood donation is completely safe and won't take much time out of your busy working day. If you are time conscious please ensure you make an appointment; it's also best to avoid lunch times.

Pick up your Donor Questionnaire Form from donor reception. The form includes time sensitive information so please ensure it is filled out on the on the day of your donation.

Make a booking today at the Elizabeth St Donor Centre by calling 13 14 95 or visiting the donor centre reception. If you are interested in coordinating a group (chambers) donation please email Amy on ahunt@arcbs.redcross.org.au.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs to collect 21,000 blood donations per week just to ensure there are adequate supplies of blood for those who need it.� Whilst only one in 30 of the Australian population currently donate, around one in three will require donated blood or blood products at some stage in their lifetime.�

Collection hours - whole blood and apheresis

Whole Blood Monday 7.00am - 2.30pm� Tuesday 7.00am - 3.00pm� Wednesday 7.00am - 3.00pm� Thursday 12.00am - 7.00pm� Friday 7.00am - 2.30pm� Saturday 8.00am - 3.00pm 1st Saturday of the month

5 December�2008

Legislation to note: new Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Regulation 2008

Tue Aug 26 2008

The Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Regulation 2008 has been gazetted.�It replaces the provisions of the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Regulation 2000, which�will be�repealed on 1 September 2008 under the 'sunset' provisions contained in section 10 (2) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989. View the Regulations >

26 August 2008

Motor Accidents Authority's mild traumatic brain injury guidelines

Tue Aug 26 2008

The Motor Accidents Authority�and the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Directorate have developed guidelines to assist clinicians in the early identification and management� of adults (>16 years old) with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). The MAA's web page�for mild traumatic brain injury guidelines features a variety of resources, including clinical flowcharts, assessment tools and care protocols. Learn more>

26 August 2008

Cases selected for reporting in Federal Court Reports by V Kline

Tue Aug 26 2008

The following six cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of FCR:

Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Albarran [2008] FCA 147 Jacobson J

Fellowes v Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission [2008] FCAFC 140 French, Moore & Lindgren JJ

SZHKA v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2008] FCAFC 138 Gray, Gyles, Besanko JJ

Clarke v Federal Commissioner of Taxation [2008] FCAFC 106 Branson, Sundberg, Dowsett JJ

ACCC v Baxter Health Care Pty Ltd [2008] FCAFC 141 Mansfield, Dowsett, Gyles JJ

Victorian Women Lawyers Association Inc v Commissioner of Taxation [2008] FCA 983 French J

26 August 2008