You are invited to the inaugural Common Law Dinner

Mon Jul 27 2009

It was on 26 August 1928 that Mrs May Donoghue drank ginger beer from a tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. To mark the occasion of the 81st anniversary of this momentous event in the history of the common law, the Bar Association� invites members to attend the inaugural Common Law Dinner, to be held on the evening of Friday, 28 August at the Bond Cafe on Phillip Street. It will be an opportunity for members to relax and share stories in a pleasant and convivial atmosphere. An informal talk will be given by the Hon Justice Hoeben AM RFD. Download your registration form>

17 August 2009

Fast Track Directions in the Federal Court

Mon Jul 27 2009

The chief justice of the Federal Court issued Practice Note No 30: Fast Track Directions (‘the Fast Track Directions’) on 24 April 2009. The aim of the Fast Track Directions is to provide a framework in which cases may be heard and finalised within five to eight months from the date of filing (depending on their complexity), and to reduce costs by limiting discovery and avoiding lengthy interlocutory disputes. Urgent cases may be finalised sooner. Each District Registry of the Court has now issued an Administrative Notice setting out the arrangements to support the Fast Track Directions.�

27 July 2009

Diarise for next week: address by DPP Nick Cowdery QC

Mon Jul 27 2009

The NSW Council for Civil Liberties invites members to a lunch with an address by Nick Cowdery QC on Friday, 14 August 2009:� "Prosecutors Do Care about Human Rights - Really!" Mr Cowdery will talk about the role of prosecutors in the promotion and protection of human rights, with some illustrations and examples from recent events in NSW. If "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance", this is no time to deflect our attention away from what is happening in Macquarie Street!

When? Friday 14 August 2009 at 12.30pm Where? Members Dining Room, Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney Cost? $80 CCL members, $90 non-members (GST inclusive) Please RSVP no later than Monday, 3 August 2009.

7 August 2009

Chief justice to head inquiry in the Caribbean

Mon Jul 27 2009

The state government has announced that Chief Justice Spigelman will head a major corruption inquiry in Antigua and Barbuda. In his place, the president of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, Justice James Allsop, will act as chief justice. Learn more >

27 July 2009

Diarise for next week: swearing in ceremony for John North

Fri Jul 24 2009

A ceremonial sitting for the swearing-in of John North as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales will be held on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 at 9.30am in Court 21A of John Maddison Tower. Sandy Street SC will speak on behalf of the bar.

24 July 2009

ALRC inquiry into family violence

Fri Jul 24 2009

Commonwealth Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced the terms of reference for an inquiry to address issues concerning violence against women and their children. The ALRC will focus on a number of matters, including: the interaction in practice of state and territory family violence and child protection laws with the Family Law Act 1975 and relevant Commonwealth, state and territory criminal laws; and the impact of inconsistent interpretation or application of laws in cases of sexual assault occurring in a family violence context, including rules of evidence, on victims of such violence. The commission has welcomed the inquiry and will report no later than 31 July 2010.

24 July 2009

Searching the In Brief archive

Fri Jul 24 2009

_Forgotten the date for an important seminar? Do you have that nagging feeling about an important new practice note? _In Brief, the Bar Association's news and current awareness bulletin, has published more than 2000 articles on a diverse range of subjects, such as appointments, funeral notices, calls for submissions, notable speeches, new practice notes and important legislation. Searching for individual In Brief articles is now easy, thanks to� a search box on the Bar Association's home page. Give it a try!

25 August 2009

Caselaw has more appeal

Fri Jul 24 2009

Did You Know?� There is one web site where you can find High Court appeal outcomes for all NSW Court of Appeal and Court of Criminal Appeal judgments since 2007. All judgments that have been subject to a High Court appeal application have been 'noted up' based on the outcome. Simply use NSW Caselaw� to find the judgment you are interested in.�

Colour coded notations appear next to the judgment title to indicate the status of the judgment.� Click on the judgment citation to view its details. An explanation of the notations is on the right-hand side of the NSW Caselaw Court of Appeal and Court of Criminal Appeal webpages.� �

For more information, contact NSW Caselaw via email at

24 July 2009

Diarise for next week: Blackstone at the Bar and Bench

Thu Jul 23 2009

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History, the Selden Society, Macquarie University and the New South Wales Bar Association are proud to present a lecture by Professor Emeritus Wilfred Prest on 'Blackstone at the Bar and Bench' on Wednesday, 5 August 2009 at 5.15pm. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact Stephanie Mancell at or ph: (02) 9229 1722.

31 July 2009

All seized up? Bar yoga classes resume next week

Thu Jul 23 2009

Yoga classes resume next week, for a 10-week term. Classes are held in the Common Room, each Tuesday at 7:15am (for 1 hour). Register online now so that you don't miss out. If you'd like to register for either part-term or as a casual you can download the appropriate registration forms online. Here's what some of our students have said about the classes:

Although rising early in the dark on a cold winter's morning is a gruesome prospect, I strangely look forward to doing it each Tuesday. For Tuesdays at 7.15 I have my yoga class. I am not completely new to the discipline, having incorporated yoga into my fitness training, but the additional hour each week has been rewarding. I am unquestionably more flexible. I love the sense of tranquility I feel at the end of the classes. I feel much more at peace with the world when I head off to court. Our teacher, Jolie is very encouraging and an inspiration to us all." � Being totally new to yoga I attended my first Yogabowl class with a degree of scepticism. Was I really going to get anything out of this form of oriental mysticism? The answer was an emphatic, "yes". I was primarily interested in improving my flexibility and that has been achieved in spades. Virtually immediately our delightful and understanding instructor, Jolie had us stretching and feeling muscles that we didn't even know existed! For anyone conscious that they are starting to "seize up" (aren't we all?) I can highly recommend Yoga Bowl yoga classes, and if you are lucky enough to have Jolie as your instructor you will be at ease from the word go.

23 July 2009

Reminder: Criminal Defence Lawyers Association Annual Dinner

Thu Jul 23 2009

The NSW Criminal Defence Lawyers Association cordially invites you to their annual dinner on Friday, 21 August 2009 at 6.00pm. The dinner will be held at Waters Edge, Ground Floor, Pier One, 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Dinner and drinks cost� $95 per person if paid by 12 August, thereafter $105 per person. To attend, simply fill in the registration form and enclose a cheque (made payable to NSW Criminal Defence Lawyers Association for $95/$105 per person).

RSVP by Wednesday, 12 August 2009 Sarah Bradley Maurice Byers Chambers Level 60, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000,� DX 1070 Sydney (02) 8233 0300

Full payment must accompany RSVP.�

10 August 2009

Delegation to registrars of the Land and Environment Court

Wed Jul 22 2009

The chief judge of the Land & Environment Court, the Hon Justice Brian Preston, has issued a delegation effective 21 July 2009 for the registrar of the Land & Environment Court. Pursuant to section 13 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005, the registrar (including a person acting as the registrar or as a deputy to the registrar) may exercise the functions of the court as stated in the schedule of the attached delegation document. This instrument of delegation replaces all earlier instruments made pursuant to section 13.

22 July 2009

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

Wed Jul 22 2009

The following four cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Christine Tumney (NSW Food Authority) v Nutricia Australia Pty Ltd; Tumney (NSW Food Authority) v Sharpe; Tumney (NSW Food Authority) v Brendish [2008] NSWSC 1382 Director-General, Dept of Ageing, Disability and Home Care v Lambert [2009] NSWCA 102

Secure Funding Pty Ltd v Coughlin [2009] NSWSC 384 Newcastle City Council v Wieland [2009] NSWCA 113

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

22 July 2009

Invitation to book launch: Investor Class Actions

Wed Jul 22 2009

The chief justice and judges of the NSW Registry of the Federal Court invite members of the legal profession to attend the launch of Investor Class Actions, a book of the papers and proceedings of a conference that was held at the Federal Court in Sydney and Melbourne on 10 March 2009. The book will be launched by the Hon Murray Wilcox QC, formerly Justice Wilcox of the Federal Court on Monday 3 August 2009 at 5.30 pm, Level 18, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney.

The book has recently been published by the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law of the University of Sydney.

30 July 2009

Litigation Skills Forum: 2-3 September, Marriott Hotel, Sydney (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Jul 22 2009

LexisNexis Professional Development would like to invite members of the NSW Bar Association to attend the upcoming Litigation Skills Forum. The programme will delve into different approaches to litigation, how to hone advocacy skills and how to develop capacity for persuasion. Presented by 5 Supreme Court Judges, 11 Queens Counsel and more, it promises to be an outstanding and unique event. For the full program including speaker list and registration form click here.

5 August 2009

Government announces review of juvenile justice system

Tue Jul 21 2009

The New South Wales Government has announced a review of the juvenile justice system, the first in 16 years. Independent consultant, the Noetic Group, will start the review immediately, with findings to be delivered to the Government in December 2009 and will be made public. The minister's announcement does not mention submissions from the profession.

“The review gives the Government an opportunity to evaluate measures that are working in other states and overseas for young at risk, and put programs in place in NSW based on the best evidence available,” said Minister for Juvenile Justice Graham West.

21 July 2009

Calling all family law counsel! (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Jul 21 2009

The 24th Annual Calabro SV Family Law Residential will be held at the RACV Royal Pines Golf Resort and Spa, Gold Coast, Queensland on Friday and Saturday, September 4 - 5.�Developed by the Queensland Law Society (QLS) and the Family Law Practitioner's Association of QLD (FLPA), some of the key issues discussed on the program include:

  • The voice of the child
  • Practical legal ethics for solicitors and barristers
  • Risk management in the practice of family law and covering yourself professionally
  • A practical guide to costs in family law
  • Consequences of the financial meltdown in relation to property and insolvency law
  • Common issues faced by family lawyers in parenting cases including clients who suffer from mental illness or personality disorders
  • Getting tax smart
  • A ‘How to’ guide to running a Kennon case
  • Latest research findings on the experiences of families after Family Court decisions about relocation
  • How to determine whether there is a de facto relationship
  • Family violence and the best interests of children
  • The courts’ approaches to weighing initial contributions in long and short marriages
  • The usefulness and types of drug testing and how to interpret results for use in Court Section 75.2 Adjustments in Property Matters

The 24th Annual Calabro SV Family Law Residential is delivered by leading family law practitioners, members of the judiciary and bar, social scientists and accountants such as Professor Patrick Parkinson AM, University of Sydney, Diane Gibson, head of the Child Dispute Service, Family Court of Australia, Federal Magistrate Jarrett, Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Martin Bartfeld QC, Victorian Bar, amongst many others. The program also covers specific Ethics and Practice Management strands designed for Counsel, and as approved by the Bar Association of Queensland (BAQ) for BAQ CPD points.

View the full program or visit the QLS website and access discounted online registration via "Continuing Legal Education" under "Quick Links". Member rates are extended to members of the QLS, FLPA and BAQ and interstate Law Societies and Bar Associations. By placing your registration online before Friday, July 31, you'll save a substantial $198 off the standard fax/post rate. More information is also available on the QLS website about accommodation at Royal Pines Resort - please note accommodation is booking quickly, so contact HI Events to secure your booking at Royal Pines on 1800 101 646.

6 August 2009

Queensland AG announces major overhaul of civil and criminal justice systems

Tue Jul 21 2009

The Queensland Government has announced sweeping changes to the state’s criminal and civil justice systems as part of its response to a review by the Hon Martin Moynihan AO QC, retired senior judge administrator of the Supreme Court of Queensland.�

The first stage of the reforms will include:

  • an expansion in the type of criminal cases to be heard and tried summarily in the Magistrates Court;

  • an increase in the criminal jurisdiction of the District Court, from indictable offences with a maximum penalty of 14 years or less, to those with a maximum of 20 years; and

  • an increase in the monetary limits for civil disputes in the District Court, Magistrates Court and Small Claims Tribunal (which will form part of the new Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal from December 1).

View Attorney General Cameron Dick's media release>

21 July 2009


Commonwealth DPP briefs

Tue Jul 21 2009

Barristers interested in being retained by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions are encouraged to forward a curriculum vitae and summary of relevant experience to:

The Deputy Director, Commonwealth DPP, Locked Bag A4020, Sydney South NSW 1235

23 December 2010

Invitation to Admiralty and Maritime Users

Wed Jul 15 2009

The Federal Court of Australia with the Federal Magistrates Court will hold a Users’ Group meeting for Admiralty and Maritime jurisdiction on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 5.00 pm in Conference Room 18.47, Level 18, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney for interested practitioners to come and express their views or simply listen.

21 July 2009

Appointment of acting judges in the Supreme Court

Wed Jul 15 2009

The Hon John Perry Hamilton QC has been appointed as an acting judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 3 August 2009 and expiring on 30 June 2010.

The Hon William Victor Windeyer AM RFD ED has been appointed as an acting judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 17 August 2009 and expiring on 16 October 2009.

15 July 2009

Appointment of acting crown prosecutors

Tue Jul 14 2009

Rohan Christopher Cooley has been appointed as an acting crown prosecutor for the period commencing on 17 August 2009 and expiring on 16 August 2010.

Catherine Margaret Traill has been appointed as an acting crown prosecutor for the period commencing on 31 August 2009 and expiring on 30 August 2010.

14 July 2009