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Sydney Law School invites eminent speakers to mark opening of new building

Tue Mar 31 2009

As part of the opening celebrations for the new Sydney University Law School building, eminent law professionals and academics from around the world will present a programme of lectures, seminars and conferences on a range of special interest areas. First up will be Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC on 'Judging in the International Court of Justice and Other National and International Courts and Tribunals', on Tuesday, 7 April from 6-8pm.

Judge Kenneth Keith has been a member of more than 10 national courts and international tribunals, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of New Zealand, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, appeal courts in the Pacific, and tribunals concerned with state responsibility, fisheries, and trade and investment. Since 2006 he has been one of the 15 judges of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. His presentation will discuss some of the similarities and differences between those bodies in terms of their composition, their procedures and the substance of their decision making.

Seminars will take place in the new Law School building, located on the Camperdown Campus of the University of Sydney (next to the Fisher library). Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

Register online

31 March 2009

Appointments to accept service in suits to which the Commonwealth is a party

Tue Mar 31 2009

On 4 February 2009, the Attorney-General approved an instrument of appointment to enable nominated lawyers of DLA Phillips Fox to receive service in accordance with section 63 of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth). The appointment of Australian Government Solicitor lawyers within the meaning of section 551 of the Judiciary Act continues. Learn more >

Appointed persons must accept service without instructions. An appointee under section 63 must then comply with paragraph 12A of the Legal Services Directions 2005. For further information regarding appointments under the Judiciary Act please contact Ingrid Nemeth via e-mail on ingrid.nemeth@ag.gov.au or ph:(02) 6250 6424.

31 March 2009

Law Council emissions trading round tables

Tue Mar 31 2009

The Australian Government has released its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bills and the Senate has established two inquiries into the legislative package. The Law Council's Environment and Planning Law Group has set up a nation-wide series of round tables to develop a submission on the legislation. The purpose is to seek comments on both the current draft legislation and, as a separate issue, the policy issues arising from the draft legislation. The results of this consultation process will then be presented to the Law Council for its consideration prior to submission to the government.

Copies of the Bills, with a very detailed commentary on the legislation, are available online

Learn more>

31 March 2009

Cases selected for reporting in CLR and FCR

Tue Mar 31 2009

Young Indigenous Women Fundraising Breakfast

Mon Mar 30 2009

The Women’s College invites you to join us at the Young Indigenous Women Fundraising Breakfast at The University of Sydney at 7am, Tuesday 7 April 2009. Guest Speaker is Dr Marlene Kong who is an Indigenous Doctor and Alumna of The Women’s College.

Cost: $50 per person, $750 corporate table

Venue: The Women’s College within The University of Sydney, 15 Carillon Ave, Free parking available.

RSVP by 31 March. Bookings or tax deductable donations can be made by downloading the booking form.

This fundraiser will support The Women’s College Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Alliance Project, known as WATSA.�

30 March 2009

Fees owed to counsel - BDA Legal

Mon Mar 30 2009

Pursuant to s623(2) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW), the Law Society of New South Wales has appointed a manager to the law practice of BDA Legal, Suite 27, Level 3, 301 Castlereagh St, Sydney. The law practice's operating status has yet to be assessed. Whilst the manager will do whatever can be done to assist counsel to recover fees, it is each counsel's responsibility to ensure the adequacy of his or her commercial arrangements with instructing solicitors and the manager may not be able to assist.

Raymond John Collins has been appointed as manager of the law practice. He may be contacted on ph: (02) 9926 0240, fax: (02) 9926 0166, DX 362 SYDNEY or via e-mail: LXT@lawsocnsw.asn.au

30 March 2009

Vale Anthony Peter Cook SC (1959-2009)

Mon Mar 30 2009

Anthony Cook SC, public defender, died on Friday, 27 March 2009. A funeral service will be held on Friday, 3 April 2009 at St John's Anglican Church, corner of Spring Street and Birchgrove Road, Birchgrove, commencing at 1.00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Amnesty International.

30 March 2009

Members' contact details - Unsolicited e-mails and letters

Mon Mar 30 2009

The Bar Association is frequently asked if it will make available to a third party lists of members' contact details, including e-mail addresses. The Bar Association makes every effort to protect the privacy of members from unsolicited material.� The Bar Association does not� agree to requests for contact lists unless the requesting person or organisation has a valid reason for so asking - eg to compile the NSW Law Almanac.

Where members with a practising certificate have so agreed, their practice address is given on the Association's 'Find a barrister' web site. The practice address of all holders of a NSW practising certificate is also available to the public by way of the public register maintained by the Association pursuant to section 106 of the Legal Profession Act 2004. That register has been structured to make it difficult for marketeers and the like to harvest the information for junk mailing purposes.

Occasionally� barristers receive an e-mail or letter from individuals or companies seeking to sell a product which in some way suggests that the Bar Association is involved in either the distribution of� the 'offer' or provided the barrister's address. �

If the Bar Association ever does enter into an arrangement with a commercial body which may involve a 'mail out' or e-mail broadcast to the Bar,� any such involvement by the Association will be made public by way of In Brief.

PA Selth Executive Director

30 March 2009

Latest report on PI and PL claims from the National Claims and Policies Database

Fri Mar 27 2009

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released the fourth set of annual reports on policies and claims for public and products liability (PL) and professional indemnity (PI) insurance from the National Claims and Policies Database (NCPD). These reports include information on policies and claims as at 31 December 2007.

A copy of the NCPD reports may be obtained from the National Claims and Policies Database web site�www.ncpd.apra.gov.au�(registration is required, but is free of charge). View the APRA media release >

27 March 2009

Industrial magistrates to clock off

Thu Mar 26 2009

The Industrial Relations Amendment (Jurisdiction of Industrial Relations Commission) Bill 2009 was introduced in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, 25 March. The object of the Bill, as provided by the explanatory notes, is to amend the Industrial Relations Act 1996 and certain other legislation to confer on the Industrial Relations Commission in court session (otherwise known as the Industrial Court of New South Wales) the criminal and civil jurisdiction that is currently exercised by industrial magistrates.

26 March 2009

Appointment to the Victims Compensation Tribunal

Thu Mar 26 2009

New South Wales Attorney General John Hatzistergos today announced the appointment of Acting Magistrate Brian Lulham as the chairperson of the Victims Compensation Tribunal.

26 March 2009

New electronic lodgement system for Legal Aid NSW

Thu Mar 26 2009

On 31 March 2009 Legal Aid NSW will launch a new version of Grants Online, its web-based facility for the electronic submission of applications for grants of legal aid. From that date practitioners will be expected to submit all applications for aid using this facility. Grants Online will be unavailable from 4.00pm on Friday, 27 March until 9.00am on Tuesday, 31 March, to enable the new electronic lodgement system to be installed. For more information about the changes, including how to log in to the new system from 31 March, visit the Legal Aid web site>

26 March 2009�

Debate on covert search warrants

Wed Mar 25 2009

The Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Amendment (Search Powers) Bill 2009 was debated yesterday in the Legislative Council. A number of speakers in the debate mentioned the Bar Association's position on the Bill. Amendments based on the Bar Association's objections were moved by the Greens and the Opposition, but none were agreed to. View the Hansard >

25 March 2009

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

Wed Mar 25 2009

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

Aktas v Westpac Banking Corporation Ltd [2009] NSWCA 9 Owners of Strata Plan 36131 v Dimitriou [2009] NSWCA 27 Transfield Services (Australia) v Hall; Hall v QBE Insurance (Australia) [2008] NSWCA 294

R v Selim [2007] NSWSC 362 Broad Construction Services (NSW) Pty Ltd v Vadasz [2008] NSWSC 1057

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

25 March 2009

Online directions hearings in the Family Provision List

Wed Mar 25 2009

Online directions hearings through JusticeLink will be introduced in the Family Provision List from May 2009. At this stage, only legal practitioners will be eligible to participate in online directions hearings. Legal practitioners can register to participate in online directions hearings by completing a JusticeLink eServices new user application form. Information sessions about online hearings will be held in Court 7A at 1.30pm on 14, 21 and 28 April 2009.

25 March 2009

Australian Government flags changes to freedom of information and privacy laws

Tue Mar 24 2009

Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State Senator John Faulkner today released exposure drafts of two Bills to amend the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act 1982. Submissions can be made on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet web site www.pmc.gov.au before the closing date of 15 May 2009. View Senator Faulkner's announcement and the speech he delivered this morning to the Australia's Right to Know conference >

Senator Faulkner also announced that the government would be asking the Australian Law Reform Commission to examine the issue of whether FOI, or an alternative disclosure regime, should be introduced for the private sector.�

24 March 2009

Web watch: the Nixon tapes online

Tue Mar 24 2009

A new web site, www.nixontapes.org, has digitised 2,150 hours of President Nixon's phone calls and meetings between February 1971 and July 1973. Its purpose is to "make freely available the best-quality digital audio and selected transcripts to scholars, journalists, and members of the public" in readily accessible pdf and mp3 formats. Learn more >

24 March 2009

Legislation to note: amendments to the Federal Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2005

Mon Mar 23 2009

The Federal Court (Bankruptcy) Amendment Rules 2009 (No. 1) have been added to the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments. The principal object of Rules, as provided by the explanatory statement, is to amend the Federal Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2005 by inserting a new Part 14 Proceedings under the Cross-Border Insolvency Act which sets out the rules as to how particular applications under the Cross-Border Insolvency Act 2008 (Cth) are to be made and notified.

23 March 2009

Reminder: ceremonial sitting for the retirement of Tamberlin J

Mon Mar 23 2009

A ceremonial sitting of the full Federal Court will be held to farewell the Hon Justice Tamberlin on Friday, 27 March 2009 at 9.30am in Court 18D, Queens Square.

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

23 March 2009