High Court Dinner for New Silks - Monday 31 January 2011

Fri Dec 24 2010

The Australian Bar Association invites all members of the Bar to the 2011 dinner to celebrate new silks taking their bows before the High Court in Canberra on Monday 31 January 2011.

�The ABA's circular to all members of the Bar, along with the registration form for the dinner is attached.

�24 December 2010

Competition to name the Barristers' Dispute Resolution Service

Mon Dec 20 2010

Martin Hadley of Windeyer Chambers is the winner of a competition to re-name the Barristers’ Dispute Resolution Service, with his entry "BarADR". The Barristers’ Dispute Resolution Service will be re-launched in early 2011. The ADR Committee recently ran a competition to find a catchy name that encapsulates what the service is about, which is to provide a portal for the provision of ADR services by the New South Wales Bar. Martin will receive two complimentary movie tickets.

20 December 2010

@LCA: the monthly newsletter of the Law Council

Mon Dec 20 2010

The November /� December 2010 issue of the Law Council's newsletter, @theLCA, is now available online. This edition features stories on Iranian lawyers, the National Rural/Regional Law and Justice Conference, Law Council support for human rights reforms and the president's message.

20 December 2010

Appointments to note

Thu Dec 16 2010

The Hon Justice Whealy has been appointed as a judge of appeal, effective 31 January 2011. Also, John Sackar QC has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales commencing 1 February 2011.� Michael David Antrum and Theo Tsavdaridis have been appointed as magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales, effective 17 January 2011.

16 December 2010

Victorian Bar Council for 2010-11

Wed Dec 15 2010

Following recent elections at the Victorian Bar, the following have been elected to Bar Council for 2010-11:

Jacob Fajgenbaum QC
Phillip Priest QC
Brendan Murphy QC
Timothy Tobin SC
Melanie Sloss SC
Fiona McLeod SC
Richard McGarvie SC
Christopher Caleo SC
Mark Moshinsky SC
E William Alstergren
Matthew Walsh
Justin Hennebery
Paul Connor
Kim Knights
Katharine Anderson
Cameron Truong
Michael Rush
Gabrielle Crafti
Kim Southey
The following office bearers have been appointed:
Chairman: Mark Moshinsky SC
Senior Vice-Chairman: Melanie Sloss SC
Junior Vice-Chairman: to be advised
Honorary Treasurer: William Alstergren
Assistant Honorary Treasurer: Matthew Walsh
15 December 2010



Professional Standards Scheme - update on mutual recognition and prescription

Wed Dec 15 2010
Professional Standards Scheme

The Bar Association's new professional standards scheme which limits liability for damages to $1.5 million, commenced on 1 July 2010 and expires on 30 June 2015. The scheme is recognised in the ACT, Western Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory. The scheme is expected to be gazetted in Queensland in the near future. Members will be advised via _In Brief _of any developments regarding mutual recognition in Qld. Learn more > 15 December 2010

Publications to note: workers compensation outcomes 2008-09

Wed Dec 15 2010

Safe Work Australia has released the Twelfth Edition of the Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) report on Australia’s work health and safety and workers’ compensation outcomes for the 2008-09 year. The Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM)�reports provide trend analysis on the work health and safety and workers’ compensation schemes operating in Australia and New Zealand. Information in the report is designed to help gauge the success of different approaches undertaken by the various workers’ compensation and work health and safety authorities to reduce the incidence of work-related injury and disease.

15 December 2010

Odgers SC on 2GB discusses sentencing of Indigenous offenders

Wed Dec 15 2010

The Bar Council has approved the release of the Association's Criminal Justice Reform Submission which contains a number of suggestions for the reform of the criminal law in advance of the March 2011 NSW election. This morning, Stephen Odgers SC, chair of the Criminal Law Committee, was a guest on 2GB's Breakfast Show, with Andrew Moore. A transcript of the interview is held by the Bar Library. 15 December 2010

Law Society of Western Australia office bearers for 2011

Wed Dec 15 2010

The following were elected to the 2011 Council of the Law Society of Western Australia:

President: Hylton Quail
Senior Vice President: Dr Christopher Kendall
Vice President: Craig Slater
Councillors:� Simon Creek Konrad de Kerloy Associate Professor Judith Fordham Graham Goerke Pamela Hass Anthony Kay Matthew Keogh Belinda Londsdale Greg McIntyre SC Denis McLeod Steven Penglis John Prior
Country member: Cameron Syme
Junior members: Dr Eric Heenan
� Lana Paxman
� Nicholas van Hattern
Immediate past president: Dudley Stow
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15 December 2010 �

Appointment to the Family Court

Tue Dec 14 2010

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced the appointment of Mr Colin Forrest as a judge of the Family Court of Australia. Mr Forrest was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1990 and has practised predominately in family, child support and de facto relationships law, equity, wills and estate litigation. Mr Forrest will take up his appointment in February 2011.

14 December 2011

Law Council statement on Julian Assange

Tue Dec 14 2010

The president of the Law Council, Glenn Ferguson, has issued a press statement urging the Australian Government to continue its consular assistance to Julian Assange and cautioned that any possible charges relating to leaked cables should be dealt with by due process.

"The Law Council considers that any person accused of a crime is entitled to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial in relation to the matters for which he or she is brought before a court, irrespective of whether that is within Australia or overseas", said Mr Ferguson.

14 December 2010

Bar Book Club: final meeting for 2010

Tue Dec 14 2010

The final meetng of the Bar Book Club will be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 at Blackstone Chambers, Level 62 MLC Centre. The usual refreshments will be served. The book is On Bullshit by Harry G Frankfurt.

14 December 2010

Temporary location for the Bar Library

Tue Dec 14 2010

The librarians are now in residence on Level 1 Selborne Chambers. If you require anything, please email or phone 9233 4025 for assistance. Please don't attempt to return any books until 31 January 2011.�

14 December 2010

New South Wales Bar Association Criminal Justice Reform Submission

Mon Dec 13 2010

The Bar Council has approved the release of the Association's Criminal Justice Reform Submission which contains a number of suggestions for the reform of the criminal law in advance of the March 2011 State election. The� Submission was prepared by the Association's Criminal Law Committee following the Criminal Justice Reform Conference held in September 2010. � The Policy proposes a new scheme for fitness to be tried in summary matters for mentally ill persons and endorses Sentence Indication Hearings. A substantial portion of the Policy addresses critical issues in relation to the sentencing of Aboriginal offenders and proposes the reform of various elements of the criminal law to ensure that Aboriginal offenders are dealt with in a fair and equitable manner. The President has written to the Attorney General and Shadow Attorney General enclosing a copy of the Submission for their consideration. 13 December 2010

Commencement of the Criminal Case Conferencing Regulation

Fri Dec 10 2010

The Criminal Case Conferencing Trial Further Amendment (Extension) Regulation 2010 commenced today, 10 December 2010. The object of the Regulation is to extend the operation of the Criminal Case Conferencing trial until 1 July 2011. The trial operates under the _Criminal Case Conferencing Trial Act 2008 _and provides for compulsory pre-committal conferences and the codification of sentence discounts for guilty pleas in certain criminal matters conducted in Sydney. The NSW Government is still considering the future of the Criminal Case Conferencing scheme.

10 December 2010

Call for comment on the model work health and safety regulations

Thu Dec 09 2010

Safe Work Australia has called for public comment on draft model Work Health and Safety Regulations and priority model Codes of Practice. The Safe Work Australia web site features an exposure draft of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations, priority model Codes of Practice and an Issues Paper. The public comment period will close on 4 April 2011. Public submissions can be sent to:

31 March 2011

Web watch: the Legal Information Institute of India

Thu Dec 09 2010

The Legal Information Institute of India is now open for public access at <>, prior to its formal launch in India in early 2011. LII of India at present has 50 databases, including over 300,000 decisions from 37 courts and tribunals, Indian national legislation from 1836, over 800 bilateral treaties, law reform reports and about 500 law journal articles. The LawCite citator tracks case and journal article citations. Further case law, and state and territory legislation, will be added by the time of the formal launch.

9 December 2010

Bar News Summer 2010-11 is out now

Thu Dec 09 2010

The bumper Summer 2010-11 edition of Bar News will land in mailboxes in coming days. Special features include a retrospective on 25 years of the journal, the first women to practise at the New South Wales Bar and security for costs against impecunious corporate plaintiffs. We reproduce the inaugural Sir Garfield Barwick Address, delivered by Senator Brandis, on 'The lawyer's duty to public life'. There's the usual mix of book reviews, photos of social events, coverage of recent appointments to state and federal courts and the Tri-State Bar Football Competition. And no edition would be complete without Bullfry. If you do not receive your copy by Friday, please contact the publications manager. 9 December 2010

Appointments to note

Wed Dec 08 2010

John Michael Fitzgerald has been appointed as a public defender for the period commencing on 25 January 2011 and expiring on 4 June 2017.

Mr Peter John Wertheim AM has been reappointed as a member of the Anti-Discrimination Board for the period commencing on 8 December 2010 and expiring on 29 September 2012.

The Hon Paul Leon Stein AM QC has been reappointed as a member and as chairperson of the board of the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales for the period commencing on 6 December 2010 and expiring on 5 December 2013.

Jason Augustus Behrendt, Ms Geraldine Anne Daley and Mr John Charles Sheahan SC have been reappointed as members of the board of the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales for the period commencing on 6 December 2010 and expiring on 5 December 2013.

8 December 2010

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

Wed Dec 08 2010

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: AVS Group of Companies Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Police [2010] NSWCA 81 Gammasonics Institute for Medical Research Pty Ltd v Comrad Medical Systems Pty Ltd [2010] NSWSC 267 Rinbac Pty Ltd v Owners Corporation Strata Plan 64972 [2010] NSWSC 656

Australian Unity Retirement v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2010] NSWSC 752

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

8 December 2010

Solicitors v Bar and Bench Golf Day - 23 January 2012

Wed Dec 08 2010

The annual Solicitors v Bar and Bench Golf Day is to be held at Elanora Golf & Country Club on Monday, 23 January 2012.� Local rules include no mobile phone usage (except in the car park) and no socks with emblems on them. The cost for the day is $160.00 including dinner. (No discount for Golf only. Elanora members pay $80.00).

The event will be the usual 2 ball event with matches between the Bar and Bench v Solicitors based on their respective 2BBB score.� Registration will be at 12 noon with a view to hitting off at 12.30.�

The organizers for the event are John Newnham and Glenn Thompson (tel: 9264 7788) for the Solicitors and Dennis Flaherty (tel: 9233 3517 or 041 601 5623) for the Bar and Bench.�

Kindly return the acceptance form with your remittance to the "Solicitors Golfing Society" c/- NSW Law Society, Attention:� Robyn Cross, as soon as possible.

17 January 2012