Queen's Birthday Honours

Tue Jun 15 2010

Yesterday's In Brief neglected to mention that the Hon Justice Paul Brereton RFD was awarded the AM in the Military Division "for exceptional service to the Australian Army as the chief of Staff Headquarters 5th Brigade, assistant chief of staff, Land Headquarters and as commander 5th Brigade".

15 June 2010

TONIGHT - Tuesday 22 June - Law and International Commerce

Tue Jun 15 2010

This is the seventh and final seminar in the “Constituting Law” series. The Honourable Chief Justice James Spigelman AC and the Honourable Justice A R Emmett will discuss current and historical aspects of the inter-relationship between law and international commerce. Each speaker will address the topic for approximately 30 minutes followed by an open question session. Noel Hutley SC will chair the session. The seminar will be held in the Banco Court with complimentary drinks afterwards in the Bar Association Common Room to celebrate the “Constituting Law” series. Download a flyer for further details.

22 June

TONIGHT - Wednesday 30 June: An Informal Discussion on the Art of Persuasion

Tue Jun 15 2010

The New Barristers Committee is pleased to welcome Justice Hammerschlag to address the Bar on 'the Art of Persuasion'. This seminar will provide an opportunity for an informal exchange with the Commercial List Judge on technique in advocacy. This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee as part of its commitment to providing CPD seminars for members of the junior Bar. However, other barristers are very welcome to attend. Download a flyer for more information.

30 June 2010

Quarterly crime statistics either steady or trending down: BOCSAR

Fri Jun 11 2010

The latest quarterly crime statistics released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) reveal that most major categories of crime in NSW are either stable or falling. Among the offences trending downward were: robbery without a weapon, break and enter dwelling, motor vehicle theft, fraud and malicious damage to property. Those trending upward were indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences. Learn more >

11 June 2010

2010 Justice Awards: nominations close on Friday

Fri Jun 11 2010

Nominations for the 2010 Justice Awards are open until 23 July 2010. The Bar Association sponsors the Law and Justice Volunteer award, which is presented to an individual or group who, in a voluntary capacity, have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly socially and economically disadvantaged people. Visit the foundation's web site to make a nomination. The awards will be presented on 14 October 2010 at Parliament House, Sydney.

19 July 2010

Key evidence on electronic devices (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Jun 11 2010

Computers, mobile phones, music players and other electronic devices are capable of storing evidence that is critical for the outcome of a case, even if the data has been deleted. Members are invited to a seminar by Allan Watt on Key Evidence on Digital Devices, at 6.00pm-7.00pm on 21 July 2010 at the Sydney office of, L3 9 Castlereagh Street. Attendance will attract one CPD point in the Substantive Law strand. RSVP Allan Watt on by 19 July.

14 July 2010

Wednesday 23 June - Lunchtime Seminar: Constitutional Guarantees and Natural Resources

Fri Jun 11 2010

This seminar will involve an analysis of recent High Court decisions involving water rights and the trend of cases involving allegations of acquisitions of property on other than just terms (in particular in relation to “acquisitions” of statutory rights to natural resources). The seminar will also consider the High Court's recent comments about the constitutional right to the reasonable use of the waters of rivers. Please note that this seminar will take place from 12.45 - 1.45pm in the Bar Association Common Room. For further details, download a flyer.

21 June 2010

New sentencing legislation introduced in NSW Parliament

Thu Jun 10 2010

The New South Wales Government has introduced into parliament the Crimes (Sentencing Legislation) Amendment (Intensive Correction Orders) Bill 2010. The object of the Bill, as provided by the explanatory notes, is to introduce intensive correction orders as a community-based sentencing option in New South Wales and to abolish periodic detention orders. The Bill is based on recommendations contained in the New South Wales Sentencing Council’s report, Review of Periodic Detention, published in December 2007.

It provides for a number of new sentencing options such as:

  • Mandatory participation in rehabilitation and education programs

  • Strict curfews and association restrictions

  • 24 hours/7 days per week electronic monitoring

  • Restrictions on travel and behaviour

  • Completion of at least 32 hours community service work

  • Ban on consuming alcohol

  • Random breath tests and urinalysis

10 June 2010

Members invited to a discussion at Gleebooks

Thu Jun 10 2010

Join DPP Nicholas Cowdery AM QC for a conversation with Ken Crispin QC, author of The Quest For Justice, on Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 6.00pm for 6.30pm at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Julian Burnside QC, in commenting on The Quest For Justice, said:

This is a book for all people with a concern for justice. Ken Crispin’s dedication to justice has been unflagging; his discussion of its complexities is admirable; his distress at witnessing injustice is plain. When Crispin was a judge of the ACT Supreme Court, he expressed himself with appropriate judicial restraint. It is a pleasure to see that he has shed some of that restraint along with the robes of office.

�Reserve your seat by contacting or by phoning: (02) 9660 2333.

10 June 2010

Judicial interchange between courts

Thu Jun 10 2010

The Supreme Court and the Land and Environment Court will be given greater power to share judicial expertise, Attorney General John Hatzistergos announced today. Processes would be simplified to enable Supreme Court judges to sit on the Land and Environment Court and vice versa. Learn more>

10 June 2010

World cup tipping competition – Entries due!

Thu Jun 10 2010

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It is much more important than that - Bill Shankly

To enter the _Not _The NSW Bar Association World Cup 2010 Tipping Competition you must have lodged your tips by 11.59pm this Friday, 11 June 2010. To join follow the instructions on the tipping form.

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team - Jean-Paul Sartre

10 June 2010

Swearing in ceremony for Joe Harman

Wed Jun 09 2010

A ceremonial sitting for the swearing-in of Joe Harman as federal magistrate will be held on Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 9.30am in Courtroom 9, Floor 3 of the Garfield Barwick Commonwealth Law Courts Building in Parramatta. Gregory Kenny of Lachlan Macquarie Chambers will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

9 June 2010

Torts in Commercial Law Conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Jun 09 2010

Torts in Commercial Law is an international conference exploring the nature and operation of the common law of torts in commercial law. Hosted by the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, it will take place on 17-18 December 2010 at the Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of New South Wales.� The speakers for Torts in Commercial Law are leaders in tort scholarship and practice drawn from the highest ranks of the judiciary, academy and profession. The conference is convened by Associate Professor Simone Degeling (UNSW) and Professor James Edelman (University of Oxford and Conjoint Professor at UNSW) and is the successor to the highly successful Fusion Conference (2004), and Restitution in Commercial Law Conference (2007).

Attendance at this conference will provide 1 CPD point per hour of attendance (excluding breaks), with a maximum of 6 points to be claimed. For more information or to register, visit the conference web site or download a brochure.

3 August 2010

The Origin and Development of the Trust in Asia (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Jun 08 2010

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by the Hon Justice Ian Gzell (chairman of STEP Australia - Sydney Branch) on The Origin and Development of the Trust in Asia. The address will take place on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 at 5.30pm sharp at Banco Court, Queens Square, Sydney. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer>

15 June 2010

TONIGHT - Tuesday 15 June and Thursday 17 June - Expert Determination Workshops

Mon Jun 07 2010

Become an Expert Determiner approved by the Bar Association. The ADR Committee is offering members with 7 years’ experience as legal practitioners and a practising certificate the opportunity to become approved Expert Determiners. Attendance is required at 2 x 2 hour workshops from 5.00 to 7.00pm tonight, 15 June and Thursday 17 June 2010. Members who do not fulfil the requirement of 7 years’ practice are invited to attend to increase their expertise in this growing area. CPD points will also count towards those required for accreditation of mediators under the National Standards. For full details, download a flyer.

15 June 2010

Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.4

Mon Jun 07 2010

There are presently some 800 barristers who have yet to lodge their practising certificate renewal documentation. The statutory deadline for lodgment of all practising certificate renewal documentation and payment is today. Learn more

7 June 2010

Amendments to the Senior Counsel Protocol

Fri Jun 04 2010

The Bar Council has agreed upon amendments to the Senior Counsel Protocol in the course of considering the Review of the Protocol conducted by the Hon R V Gyles AO QC. A copy of the revised protocol is attached. The substantive amendments are as follows:

  • A new clause 6(g) (vi) has been added to indicate that “experience and practice in mediation” is one of the areas of practice which comes within the category of “perspective and knowledge of legal practice acquired over a considerable period” under clause 6 (g);

  • A new clause 9(d) has been added to specify that an appropriately qualified person who is not a practising barrister be added as a member of the Senior Counsel Selection Committee; and

  • A new clause 12a has been added to provide that applicants must provide certain details in respect of cases, including contesting interlocutory applications (but excluding directions hearings) in which they have recently appeared.

These changes will apply in respect of the 2010 Senior Counsel Selection process.

I am also pleased to advise that The Hon Keith Mason� AC QC has agreed to serve on this year’s Committee as the non-practising representative provided for in the revised Protocol.

Applications for appointment as senior counsel will open on 1 July 2010 and will close on 31 July 2010. On Wednesday, 9 June at 5.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room, I will conduct a seminar for members of the bar who wish to have more information about the process of applying for and the appointing of senior counsel. I will discuss the Senior Counsel Protocol and answer members’ questions about the process at this seminar.

All interested members are welcome to attend.

**Tom Bathurst QC President

4 June 2010**

Seminar on contemporary federal and state approaches to family violence (ADVERTISEMENT)

Thu Jun 03 2010

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law invite members to attend a seminar, Family Violence: Contemporary Federal & State Approaches on Monday, 28 June 2010, between 6.30 and 8.00pm at the Public Defenders Office, level 13, 175 Phillip St. (Registration: 6pm onwards).�Places are limited. Contact Astrid Birgden by 21 June 2010 to register. Speakers include Ms Libby Lloyd AM, chair of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group (VAWAG) and Professor Hilary Astor, NSW Law Reform Commission. The event is free.

3 June 2010