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John Marsden Memorial Lecture (ADVERTISEMENT)

Thu Nov 26 2009

The second John Marsden Memorial Lecture will be given on the evening of Monday, 30 November 2009 in� the Grand Hall of the Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney at 5.30pm for 6pm. The lecture will be delivered by Sri Anand Grover, who is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi.

Mr Grover was leading counsel in the important recent case of Naz Foundation v Union of India, decided by the Delhi High Court in July 2009. That decision held that the 149 year old s377 of the Indian Penal Code, drafted by Thomas Macaulay, was invalid under the Indian Constitution as conflicting with the requirements of the Constitution to protect individual equality and privacy. The section, which is still reflected in the laws of 31 of 53 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, prohibited sexual activity between adult same-sex partners.� An appeal has been lodged to the Supreme Court of India.� However, it is not certain whether the government of India itself will appeal.

In addition to his role as a leading advocate at the bar in India, Mr Grover is the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health. More than a decade ago, in Mumbai, he established the Lawyers’ Collective on HIV/AIDS, which has played an important part in informing public opinion in India about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.� His wife, Indira, also a senior advocate at the Supreme Court, is presently an additional solicitor-general of India.� He is visiting Australia in his capacity as UN special rapporteur on health.�

The lecture will be open to the public and members of the bar are invited. Admission is free.� Mr Grover will be introduced by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, past justice of the High Court of Australia.� The lecture remembers the role of the late John Marsden, one time president of the NSW Law Society and advocate of gay law reform.

26 November 2009

Barristers and the Australian Tax Office: A message from the president

Thu Nov 26 2009

For some years now the NSW Bar Association has had a close working relationship with the ATO with a view to assisting members who for various reasons have difficulty meeting their taxation obligations. The ATO has now proposed a more structured mechanism to deal with these problems by way of a designated ‘contact point’ for all NSW barristers when they have issues with late payment and / or lodgment. Download details of the new ‘contact point’ arrangements.

The Bar Association welcomes this approach.

Tom Bathurst QC President 26 November 2009

Law Council supports reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act

Thu Nov 26 2009

The Law Council of Australia has supported the reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) under the NT Intervention. Law Council President John Corcoran said, "The restoration of fundamental rights for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory is long overdue. This announcement is an important step forward in ensuring the NT Intervention meets Australia’s international obligations." Learn more >

26 November 2009

NSW Parliament passes proceeds of crime legislation

Wed Nov 25 2009

Minister for Police Michael Daley today announced that the Criminal Assets Recovery Amendment Bill 2009 _had passed through both houses of the New South Wales Parliament yesterday. The object of the Bill, as provided by the explanatory notes, is to amend the _Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990 and the Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime Act 1989, following the decision of the High Court in International Finance Trust Company Ltd & Anor v New South Wales Crime Commission and Others.

On 12 November a majority of the High Court found that section 10 Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990 was invalid, and the circumstances surrounding the application and the ultimate order being discharged in two limited circumstances was "repugnant to the judicial process in a fundamental degree". View the minister's agreement in principle speech >

25 November 2009

Print your own regulations

Wed Nov 25 2009

The Parliamentary Counsel's Office has announced that the publication of pamphlet copies of individual statutory instruments and annual bound volumes of Regulations will cease from the end of 2009. Statutory instruments are available from www.legislation.nsw.gov.au�

25 November 2009

Reminder: funeral for the Hon John B Kearney (1921-2009)

Wed Nov 25 2009

A funeral service for the Honourable John Kearney KCSG CEP QC will be held at 2.00pm on Monday, 30 November 2009 at the St Aloysius' College Chapel, 47 Upper Pitt Street, Kirribilli. Parking is limited – Paul St in Milsons Point being the closest parking station. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Caritas Australia, GPO Box 9830, Sydney, NSW 2001.

27 November 2009

Come along to the NSW Bar Christmas Party

Tue Nov 24 2009

The EO and HSR Committees invite members and their family�to celebrate the festive season at the NSW Bar Christmas Party on Wednesday,�7 December at 5.00pm in the Common Room. The cost is $30 per person (GST incl) and includes canap�s and drinks. Children under 16 admitted free. Santa will� arrive around 5.15pm and the Bar Choir will lead carol singing. Learn more>

5 December�2011

MAAS arrangements during December 2009 - January 2010

Tue Nov 24 2009

In accordance with a general direction from the Premier’s Department to New South Wales Government agencies, the Motor Accidents Assessment Service (MAS and CARS) will be operating with skeleton staff from Thursday, 24 December 2009 until Friday 8 January 2010. MAS and CARS Registry will be closed on public holidays only (25, 28 & 29 December and 1 January 2010) and will be open their usual hours (8:30am to 5pm) every other day.

24 November 2009

The Vic Bar announces its new silks

Tue Nov 24 2009

Three women are among the 13 new silks appointed by the Victorian Bar. Mr Michael Colbran QC, chairman of the Victorian Bar thanked the chief Justice, and the judges of the Supreme Court for "the time, care and thoroughness given to considering the applications and making the selection". Learn more>

24 November 2009

Papers to note: report on the Northern Territory Intervention

Tue Nov 24 2009

The Australian Government today released the Report on the Northern Territory Emergency Response Redesign Consultations, detailing feedback from several thousand people at more than 500 meetings across the Northern Territory between June and August 2009. According to the report, people expressed strong support for the government’s commitment to restore the operation of the Racial Discrimination Act. Learn more>

24 November 2009

Swearing in ceremony for Susan McGowan and Teresa O'Sullivan

Mon Nov 23 2009

A ceremonial sitting will be held in the Local Court on Monday, 30 November at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 to mark the swearing-in of Susan McGowan and Teresa O'Sullivan as magistrates. Peter Maiden SC will speak on behalf of the bar.

23 November 2009�

Remuneration for judges, magistrates and related office holders

Mon Nov 23 2009

Section 13 of the Judicial Officers Act 1986, requires the Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Tribunal, each year, to make a determination on the remuneration to be paid to office holders on and from 1 October in that year. The latest determination was gazetted on 20 November. Learn more>

23 November 2009

OpenAustralia - tracking parliamentary debate has never been easier

Mon Nov 23 2009

OpenAustralia.org is a non-partisan web site run by a group of volunteers which aims to make it easy for people to keep tabs on their representatives in the Australian Parliament. Debates are arranged according to topic and users can request e-mail notification when selected senators or members of the House of Representatives ask questions or make speeches. The Australian Hansard is Copyright Commonwealth of Australia, and is used with permission.

23 November 2009

Internet Law for Professionals, Niseko, Japan

Mon Nov 23 2009

Members are reminded that the Internet Law for Professionals, CPD Course, will be held at the Alpen Hotel, Niseko, Japan, on 18-21 January 2010. Speakers include Richard Cobden SC on Internet patents and update on recent cyberlaw cases such as IiNet, others on cybercrime and the Creative Commons. The Super Early Bird Enrolment Fee will be extended to 14 December. See www.nisekoconference.com for details and enrol online or download a registration form. For further information, contact Geoffrey Leach,� gleach@cyberig.com or Graham Bassett, Byron Bay Chambers, bassett@ozemail.com.au , mob: 0414 986 158.

7 December 2009

Law Council condemns attack on High Court

Fri Nov 20 2009

The Law Council has described as "extraordinary" a reported attack on the High Court by Senator Steve Hutchins, the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission. Law Council President John Corcoran said, "If accurately reported, his comments reveal an alarming support for unchecked executive powers, and they are particularly disappointing from a person charged with the oversight of the powerful Australian Crime Commission." Learn more >

20 November 2009

Family Law Courts Liaison Meeting

Fri Nov 20 2009

The Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney will be holding its next Family Law Liaison Meeting with the legal profession on Wednesday, 9 December 2009 at 5pm at the Sydney Registry. Justice Watts and Federal Magistrate Kemp will brief the profession on recent developments in the courts. The briefing will be followed by refreshments. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jo Flores on 9217 7355 or at Jo.Flores@familycourt.gov.au for catering purposes.

20 November 2009

Solicitors v Bench and Bar Golf Day

Fri Nov 20 2009

The annual Solicitors v� Bench and Bar Golf Day is to be held for the second successive year at Elanora Golf & Country on Monday, 18 January 2009. The cost for the day is $160.00 including dinner for non-Elanora members and $80.00� for Elanora members. The event will be the usual two ball event with matches between the Solicitors and the Bench and Bar, based on their respective 2BBB score.� There will be a shot gun start at 12.30. The organisers for the event are John Newnham and Brian Maker (ph: 9264 7788) for the Solicitors and Denis Flaherty (ph: 9233 3517 or 041 601 5623) for the Bar and Bench.� Kindly return the registration form with your remittance to the Solicitors' Golfing Society, Law Society of NSW, Attention:� Robyn Cross, as soon as possible.

17 December 2009

Commonwealth Attorney-General introduces Torture Prohibition and Death Penalty Abolition Bill

Thu Nov 19 2009

The Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, today introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Torture Prohibition and Death Penalty Abolition) Bill 2009 into the House of Representatives.

The Bill creates a specific Commonwealth offence of torture in the Criminal Code Act 1995, and also amends the _Death Penalty Abolition Act 1973 _to extend the application of the current prohibition on the death penalty to State laws, to ensure the death penalty cannot be introduced anywhere in Australia.

View the Attorney's Second Reading Speech and the Explanatory Memorandum.

19 November 2009

Retirement ceremony for the Hon Justice Lloyd Waddy

Wed Nov 18 2009

The Family Court of Australia will mark the retirement of the Hon Justice Lloyd Waddy RFD by holding a ceremonial sitting at the Commonwealth Law Courts in Parramatta on Thursday, 17 December at 4.15pm. The sitting will take place in Courtroom 9 on Level 3. John Shaw will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

18 November 2009

Bench and Bar Tennis Day 2009

Wed Nov 18 2009

The annual bench and bar tennis doubles competition will be held on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. The Hon Susan Crennan Cup will be awarded to the best and fairest female member in the tournament, while the Hon Bryan Beaumont Cup and the Barbour-Backhouse Cup will also be up for grabs. Download an entry form >

10 December 2009