Farewell to the Hon Justice Michael Kirby and swearing in ceremony for the Hon Justice Virginia Bell

Thu Jan 29 2009

There will be a farewell for the Hon Justice Michael Kirby at the High Court of Australia in Canberra at 12 mid-day on Monday 2 February.

The swearing in ceremony for the Hon Justice Virginia Bell will take place at the High Court in Canberra at 10.15am on Tuesday 3 February.

At both ceremonies Anna Katzmann SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar and Tom Bathurst QC will speak on behalf of the Australian Bar Association.

Barristers are to wear robes and wigs. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

29 January 2009


Opening of Law Term - Parramatta

Wed Jan 28 2009

An Inter-Church Law Service will be held at Leigh Memorial Uniting Church, 119 Macquarie� Street, Parramatta on Tuesday, 1 February at 9.30am. An Address will be given by The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher, Catholic Bishop of Parramatta. Clergy, judiciary and counsel are invited to robe and take part in the procession. Please arrive prior to 9.15am.

31 January 2011

Reminder: opening of Law Term - Newcastle

Wed Jan 28 2009

An Ecumenical Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Church Street, Newcastle at 9.30am on Wednesday 4 February 2009 followed by a ceremony and morning tea in the Newcastle Court House at 10.30am. In the evening a Celebration Cocktail Party will be held in the Newcastle Region Art Gallery from 6pm to 9pm. Mr Joe Catanzariti, President, Law Society of New South Wales will be the guest speaker. Cost for Law Society members is $35, non-members $50. Members of the Bar are welcome to attend. For registration and payment please contact Leanne McEvoy of the Newcastle Law Society Inc on 0411 301 971 or email at

2 February 2009

Opening of Law Term Services - Sydney

Wed Jan 28 2009

Members are reminded of the following services to be held in Sydney to mark the commencement of Law Term.

The Jewish service will be held at The Great Synagogue on Friday 6 February at 5.30pm.

The Pan-Orthodox Service will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 10 February 2009 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern.

2 February 2009

Australia Day Honours 2009

Tue Jan 27 2009

In the Australia Day Honours announced on 26 January, the Hon Richard Chisholm was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to the judiciary, to the law and legal education, particularly in the field of family law and the welfare and rights of children and young people".

The Hon Acting Justice Ronald Sackville was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) "for service to the administration of the Australian judicial system, to the reform of federal and state law, and to legal education".

27 January 2009

Yoga at the Bar – New Term commences next Tuesday 3 February

Fri Jan 23 2009

Yoga classes have been running at the Bar Association for the last twelve months.� Participants have reported that they have experienced greater flexibility, improved strength and stress relief.

Bookings for Term One, 2009

Bookings are now open for Term 1 classes, which will be conducted on Tuesdays at 7:15am (finishing 8:15am), commencing next Tuesday 3rd February until Tuesday 7th April, 2009 (10 weeks/classes). Classes will be conducted in the Bar Common Room.

Your teacher will be Jolie Brook. � FULL TERM (10 weeks/classes) REGISTRATION: $150, CASUAL CLASS: $20, or $15 per class pro rata IN ADVANCE for part term registrations. Register online here.

Please let Yogabowl Corporate know at if you would rather:

��� - attend casually ($20/class) ��� - register for part-term only ��� - pay cash for your classes � All other information about the program is on the Yogabowl Corporate website.

30 January 2008

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Attorney General's Department - new arrangements for client enquiries to Local Court registries

Fri Jan 23 2009

The Attorney General's Department has advised the Association that new arrangements are being put in place concerning client enquiries to Local Court registries.

Under the new arrangements, enquiries will in the first instance be referred to LawAccess NSW for legal information and assistance.�

Local Court registry staff and chamber services will continue to be available to provide specific advice in relation to Local Court procedure and processes.

The new arrangements are set out in a brochure released by the Department entitled "Getting help with legal and court matters".

The Department has advised that the new service delivery model will be introduced over the next few months.

23 January 2009


Listings of barristers in the Yellow Pages phone directory

Thu Jan 22 2009

The current listing of barristers in the Yellow Pages directory includes a significant number of former barristers who are now on the bench, have retired or have died.� There are also a number of entries showing incorrect practice addresses. Yellow Pages have advised the Bar Association that they can only amend entries if the individual concerned contacts the directory by phone on 13 23 78 asking that their entry be amended or deleted. Members and their clerks are asked to check their entries in the directory and arrange for necessary changes to be effected.

19 April 2010�

New Appointment to the New South Wales Local Court

Wed Jan 21 2009

The Attorney General the Hon John Hatzistergos MLC has announced the appointment of Michael Allen of William Owen Chambers as a magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales, effective 27 January 2009.

A Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing in will be held in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre at 9am on Tuesday 27 January 2009. Bill Walsh will speak on behalf of the Bar.

21 January 2009

Cases selected for reporting in the Australian Law Reports (LexisNexis)

Wed Jan 21 2009

The Australian Law Reports provide fast and accurate reports of decisions of the High Court, the Federal Court and other courts throughout Australia in significant federal matters.

Part 2 of 251 ALR includes: Commissioner of Taxation v Word Investments [2008] HCA 55 – Taxation and Revenue – Income Tax

Kennon v Spry [2008] HCA 56 – Family Law – Property Interest

Agricultural and Rural Finance v Gardiner [2008] HCA 57 – Contract – Interpretation

Tilley v R [2008] HCA 58 – Criminal Law – Bail

21 January 2009

Vale Graham Barry Hall QC (1931 - 2009)

Mon Jan 19 2009

G Barry Hall QC of Ninth Floor Wentworth Chambers died on Saturday 17 January. A funeral service will be held at Saint Andrew's Cathedral at 10am on Friday 23 January 2009.

19 January 2008

Capital works in NSW courts

Fri Jan 16 2009

The Attorney General's Department of NSW meets quarterly with the Bar Association and the Law Society to discuss property and asset related issues. Since the last meeting in November 2008, department has adjusted the timetable of its capital works programme as a result of the NSW mini budget and it is therefore timely to update both organisations on the changes.

Major upgrades of courthouses currently underway at Parramatta, Dubbo and Gosford will not be affected.� The $4.1 million upgrade of Dubbo Courthouse is now complete, while improvements to Parramatta and Gosford courthouses are due for completion in mid 2009.

The current project at the Law Courts Building, Queens Square, is also unaffected including the refurbishment of level 9 which is still due for completion by mid 2009.� A plan for further Supreme Court refurbishments is the subject of an additional funding bid, which will be submitted to NSW Treasury in early 2009.

A master plan for new facilities at the Downing Centre will be accelerated and is expected to be finalised during the current financial year.� The master plan will guide a number of Downing Centre projects over the next four years.

Refurbishment of the cells at Central Local Court and construction of a new courthouse at Armidale will begin in 2010, while the major redevelopment of Wagga Wagga Courthouse is due to start in 2012.

16 January 2009

Conference on free access to law in Asia

Fri Jan 16 2009

The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) will host the first Asia-wide conference on Building Capacity for Free Access to Law in Asia from 24-25 February 2009 at the University of New South Wales. The conference will bring together users of legal information – legal practitioners, academics, judges, law librarians, business & government officials with free-access to law providers.

Speakers will come from across Asia including Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.� A wide range of topics will be covered as well as three workshops on comparative legal research, sustainable court technologies and building free access resources.

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16 January 2009

Sydney University Law Library is set to move

Fri Jan 16 2009

The University of Sydney Law Library will close for business at its Phillip Street premises at 6.00 pm on Friday, 23 January 2009.� On Tuesday, 27 January the staff will begin the daunting task of moving books, journals, equipment and people to the new library on the Camperdown campus. It is expected that the library will reopen for business on Monday, 9 February 2009 at 9.00 am. During the closure there will be no access to their collections. Inter-library loans have now ceased and will not resume until 16 February 2009.

16 January 2009

New president says Law Council must continue to represent entire profession

Mon Jan 12 2009

Engaging with Australia’s practising lawyers on the full spectrum of legal issues is high on the list of priorities for new Law Council President John Corcoran. Mr Corcoran, a Melbourne-based lawyer and former president of the Law Institute of Victoria, takes over from outgoing President Ross Ray QC, who has led the Law Council since October 2007.� View the Law Council media release | View a profile of Mr Corcoran>

12 January 2009

Recent appointments

Mon Jan 12 2009

The Honourable Acting Justice Handley AO has been reappointed as an acting judge and acting judge of appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 29 January 2009 and expiring on 28 January 2010.

In addition, Professor Larissa Behrendt, Ms Megan Davis, Dr Mary Edmunds and Ms Rhonda Jacobsen have been reappointed as acting commissioners of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 10 January 2009 and expiring on 9 January 2010.�

12 January 2009

Changes to Legal Aid NSW practitioner fees effective from 5 January 2009

Mon Jan 12 2009

Legal Aid NSW has made two changes to practitioner fees aimed at achieving greater consistency across all areas of law. The changes are effective for each new approval from 5 January 2009.

1.�� Reduction in the maximum number of hours hearing time from six hours to five hours per day.� In some areas of law the previous maximum number hours per day was six hours. This was not consistent with other areas of law (e.g. criminal) which have a maximum of five hours.� This change to the maximum number of hours ensures� consistency across all areas of law.

2.��� The 50 per cent solicitor advocate loading for private practitioners in state care and protection matters has been removed. This applies for each new approval. The 50 per cent loading was payable to solicitors appearing in complex matters and/or for additional hearing time after 12 hours of hearing time had been completed. The 50 per cent loading was not offered in other areas of law.

The changes can be found on the "For Legal Practitioners" page on the Legal Aid NSW web site under Fee Scales.

12 January 2009

Review of the Dust Diseases claims resolution process

Mon Jan 12 2009

The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the NSW Attorney General’s Department are carrying out a review of the claims resolution process (CRP) for asbestos-related compensation claims in the Dust Diseases Tribunal. Download an issues paper.

Details on making submissions are contained in the issues paper. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 20 February 2009. For further enquiries, please contact the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (Legal Branch) on (02) 9228 5599 or the NSW Attorney General’s Department (Legislation, Policy and Criminal Law Review Division) on ph: (02) 8061 9238.

12 January 2009

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Mon Jan 12 2009

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

Cumins v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2008] FCAFC 185 Hastie Group Ltd v Federal Commissioner of Taxation [2008] FCAFC 187 Perdikaris v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2008] FCAFC 186 Fisse v Department of Treasury [2008] FCAFC 188 Lansen v Minister for Environment and Heritage [2008] FCAFC 189

12 January 2009

Australian Bar Association High Court Dinner

Mon Jan 12 2009

The senior counsel appointees of 2008 will take their bows in the High Court on Monday, 2 February 2009 at 3.30pm. That evening, the Australian Bar Association will hold its annual dinner in the Great Hall of the High Court of Australia at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. All barristers (not just the new silks) and their partners are invited to attend. Dress will be black tie and the cost will be $155.00 per person (including GST). Download a registration form>

12 January 2009