The Solomon Islands needs books and law reports

Tue Oct 06 2009

The Public Solicitors Office of the Solomon Islands is in desperate need of reference materials, particularly in the areas of family and criminal law, and has asked all members of the New South Wales Bar not to dispose of books and reports without contacting them first.

Solomon Islands statute law is based on pre-independence (1978) English statutes and local law, which is still heavily dependent on English authorities. The PSO's branch offices on Malaita and the Western provinces rely on Halsbury's Laws of England (3ed). They have no Family Law Reports,� no All England Reports and no NSWLRs at all. The main library in the capital, Honiara, has partial sets of CLRs (vols 1-162) and ACrimRs (vols 1-162), and would like to make those sets complete.

For further information, contact Sarah Bradley at Maurice Byers Chambers

6 October 2009

Bows ceremony in the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Wed Sep 30 2009

The Supreme Court of New South Wales will hold a bows ceremony for the newly appointed senior counsel in Banco Court at 9.00 am on Wednesday, 7 October 2009.� Family and friends are welcome.� The new silks will follow on to the Federal Court at 9.30 am.

1 October 2009

Federal Magistrates Court (General Federal Law) Registry to relocate

Wed Sep 30 2009

From Monday, 12 October 2009 the Federal Magistrates Court Registry (General Federal Law) at Level 12, John Maddison Tower will be moving to Level 17 Law Courts Building, Queens Square, ph: (02) 9230 8567; fax: (02) 9230 8295. Federal magistrates and registrars will continue to conduct Federal Magistrates Court Hearings (General Federal Law) at John Maddison Tower. For further information call (02) 9230 8567.

30 September 2009

Advertising for PLT student-researchers

Wed Sep 30 2009

Barristers may be unaware that College of Law students can complete their PLT requirements by doing supervised work for a barrister, such as legal research. Barristers and clerks can place and advertisement on the College of Law web site calling for expressions of interest from PLT students.

30 September 2009

Nomination forms for election of the 2010 Bar Council

Wed Sep 30 2009

Nomination forms for election of the 2010 Bar Council were posted on Friday, 25 September to all members of the Bar Association eligible to nominate or be nominated. Nominations close at 4.00pm on Monday, 19 October 2009. Learn more >

30 September 2009

Senior counsel appointments for 2009

Tue Sep 29 2009

I am pleased to announce that the following applicants have been appointed senior counsel for 2009. The successful applicants, in order of seniority, are:


�Janet Susan MANUELL
�Robert Stewart SHELDON
�Ian Edward DAVIDSON
�Michael Kingsley MEEK
�Simon Andrew KERR
�Judith Anne REES
�David James HOOKE
�Shereef HABIB
�Robert James BROMWICH
�James Robert John LOCKHART
�David John LLOYD
�Robert Andrew DICK
�Laura Kathleen WELLS
�Peter John BRERETON
�Richard Paul Llewellyn LANCASTER
�Further information regarding appointees
�Statistics for 2009 silk applications
�Media release
�Senior Counsel Protocol
Anna Katzmann SC President New South Wales Bar Association
29 September 2009

Appointment of senior counsel

Tue Sep 29 2009

The appointment of Senior Counsel for 2009 will be announced at 1.30pm today, Tuesday 29 September 2009. A copy of the President’s announcement will be e-mailed to all members and clerks and posted both on the Bar Association’s notice board and web page. Learn more >

29 September 2009

Report on self insurance arrangements under Comcare

Mon Sep 28 2009

The minister for employment and workplace relations, Julia Gillard, yesterday announced changes to the Australian Government's Comcare scheme. After the 2007 federal election, the minister had imposed a moratorium on private sector companies seeking to join the Comcare scheme and announced a review to determine the scheme's suitability for self-insurers and their employees. The government has decided to maintain the moratorium until 2011, when uniform OHS laws are due to be implemented in all jurisdictions. View the report of the Review of Self Insurance Arrangements under the Comcare Scheme.

28 September 2009

Ellis SC appointed to Supreme Court of PNG

Mon Sep 28 2009

On Thursday, 24 September 2009 Graham Ellis SC was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (the senior appellate court) and the National Court of Papua New Guinea (the senior trial court). He previously served in those positions between 1990 and 1992 and recently spent eight months working in the Office of Solicitor General in PNG.

28 September 2009

Michael Kirby to launch UNSW Law Journal's Credit Crunch edition (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Sep 28 2009

The University of New South Wales Law Journal is delighted to invite members of the NSW Bar Association to the launch of Thematic Edition 32(2) Saving the System: Law and Regulation after the Credit Crunch.

The 2009 Thematic Issue takes a broad approach to examining the causes of the current financial crises. Academics and professionals from various fields assess, from domestic and international perspectives, the objectives and ramifications of the key principles for reform identified by the G20 summit declaration action plan. These include strengthening transparency and accountability, enhancing sound regulation, promoting integrity in financial markets, reinforcing international cooperation and reforming international financial institutions. The myriad bailout plans are controversial, and their success uncertain. Moreover, preventing such crises in future will depend not on these safety nets, but on developing better regulatory and supervisory mechanisms that may signal a resurgence of faith in good government.

The Thematic Edition will be launched by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former High Court judge and now a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the UNSW Law School.

The launch will be held on 19 October 2009 at the UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney 2000, in conjunction with our Premier Sponsor, Freehills.

We hope that you can join us on 19 October to celebrate the launch of this Thematic Edition. Please see the attached invitation for the full details of the event and RSVP to or 61 2 9385 2237 by Friday 9 October if you plan to attend.

28 September 2009

International Commercial Arbitration: Efficient, Effective, Economical? (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Sep 28 2009

Join Legalwise Seminars and ACICA for International Commercial Arbitration: Efficient, Effective, Economical? to be held on Friday, 4 December 2009 at the RACV City Club in Melbourne. For the second year running this significant event, will bring together an eminent speaker panel of judges, senior members of the legal profession, government and academic experts to discuss and demonstrate, how arbitration can be efficient, effective and economical.

Cutting edge topics include:

  • The new framework of international commercial arbitration in Australia
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  • Resolving disputes through arbitration
  • The supreme court’s perspective on arbitration
  • Controlling the arbitration process
  • Cultural impediments to resolving international conflict

Expert presenters include:

  • The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Former Judge, High Court of Australia
  • Attorney-General The Hon. Robert McClelland MP
  • The Hon. Marilyn Warren AC, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • The Hon. Justice John Middleton, Judge, Federal Court of Australia
  • Professor Doug Jones AM, President of ACICA; Partner, Clayton Utz

Please find enclosed the full program and presenter details for your reference.

Register online at, please quote promotion code ICANB when prompted. Alternatively, return the attached registration form by fax to (02) 9387 8711 or mail to PO Box 971, Bondi Junction, NSW 1355.

30 November 2009

New York State Bar Association seasonal meeting to be held in Singapore

Fri Sep 25 2009

The International Section of the New York State Bar Association will be holding its [Northern] Fall meeting in Singapore on 26-29 October 2009. The theme is "New York and New Asia: a Partnership for the 21st Century" and the programme includes sessions on, inter alia, maritime law, enforcing foreign judgments, health tourism, insurance and reinsurance and choosing the place of arbitration in Asia. For information regarding the programme and how to register, visit the NYSBA web site.

25 September 2009

Out with the old: Federal Court replaces practice notes and directions

Fri Sep 25 2009

The Federal Court of Australia has announced that henceforth only two forms of practice documents will be issued: practice notes issued by the chief justice; and local administrative notices issued by each district registrar. Consequently, existing practice notes, practice directions and national and local notices to practitioners and litigants will be revoked, effective from today, 25 September 2009.

The new practice notes are organised by subject matter as follows:

  • admiralty
  • appeals
  • case management
  • corporations
  • intellectual property
  • native title
  • taxation

The new practice notes in relation to native title are being developed in light of the recent amendments to the Native Title Act 1996 (Cth). Administrative notices are issued by each district registrar at the request, or with the agreement, of the judges in the district registry to which the notices relate. These notices deal with local matters, such as the arrangements for the duty judge or the listing of particular types of matters (such as subpoena or corporations lists).

Download and view the following documents:

These items will also available be from the Federal Court’s web site

25 September 2009

Praise for Bar Association efforts to combat depression

Fri Sep 25 2009

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has praised efforts by the Bar Association aimed at promoting the mental health of its members. The attorney last night delivered the fourth Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture, during which he said:

The NSW Bar Association has been a terrific advocate for the mental health of its members. It has facilitated a number of conferences and professional development programs on mental health and work/life balance, and has formed partnerships with both the Tristan Jepson Memorial Fund and the Brain & Mind Research Institute.

Download the entire Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture>

25 September 2009

Strategic Framework for Access to Justice - have your say

Thu Sep 24 2009

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced the start of consultation on the Access to Justice Taskforce’s Report. A series of consultation forums began today in Canberra, and will be held in Brisbane, Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney. Comments can be submitted online , via e-mail or may be posted to the Attorney-General's Department, Access to Justice Division, 3-5 National Circuit, Barton� ACT� 2600.

Last month the Australian Government launched its blueprint for reforms to the federal civil justice system. The report of the Access to Justice Taskforce and the guide for future action propose a 'strategic framework' (rather than a revolution) based on five key principles: accessibility; appropriateness; equity; efficiency; and effectiveness.

13 October 2009

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Thu Sep 24 2009

Swearing in for Mark Buscombe

Thu Sep 24 2009

A ceremonial sitting for the swearing-in of Mark Buscombe as a magistrate of the New South Wales Local Court will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 9.00am in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Attorney General and Minister for Justice John Hatzistergos will speak on behalf of the bar. Practitioners are not to be robed.

12 October 2009

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

Wed Sep 23 2009

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: B & L Linings Pty Ltd and Another v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2008] NSWCA 187 Sheehan v State Rail Authority of NSW known as State Rail; Wicks v State Rail Authority of NSW known as State Rail [2009] NSWCA 261 Caltex Refineries (Qld) Pty Ltd v Stavar [2009] NSWCA 258

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

23 September 2009

Move along law for paedophiles in public housing

Wed Sep 23 2009

In response to the Dennis Ferguson furore, the New South Wales Government has introduced the Housing Amendment (Registrable Persons) Bill 2009. The object of the Bill, as provided by the explanatory note, is to amend the Housing Act 2001 _to enable the director-general of the Department of Human Services to terminate the lease of public housing tenant who is a registrable person under the _Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000, ostensibly for their own protection. View the media statement by Premier Nathan Rees >

23 September 2009

Web watch: A Federation in These Seas

Tue Sep 22 2009

Members who have a professional or general interest in the political and legal history of Australia's external territories should be aware of an important resource published by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department on its web site (in three parts). _A Federation in These Seas: An Account of the Acquisition by Australia of its External Territorie_s was written by Alan Kerr and published in June 2009. In the foreword to the book, the then minister for home affairs, the Hon Bob Debus, said:

A Federation in These Seas is a significant work which outlines for the first time in detail, the history of the Commonwealth’s acquisition of its external territories over more than the last century. It sets out the reasons why control over each of them was sought against the background of Australia’s growing international status. It draws on contemporary political and official material and reproduces copies of the British and Australian legal instruments involved, never before published in one work.�

22 September 2009