Sydney to Wollongong Bike Ride 2010

Wed Oct 20 2010

The NSW Bar Association's Health, Sport and Recreation Committee is organising a team to participate in the Sydney to Wollongong Bike Ride 2010. Whilst the committee welcomes all members of the bar, we particularly encourage beginner and recreational riders to become involved. This year the event will be held on 7 November 2010. Riders can choose to either participate in the full distance event (90km) or a shorter distance (usually 58 km). The course is very scenic, particularly those parts through the National Park. In order to assist members to prepare for the ride, the committee has organised for a training ride at Centennial Park at 7.00am, 24 October 2010. Members who are interested in attending that training ride should contact Carlos Mobellan on to ascertain numbers.� In 2010, the organisers of the Sydney to Wollongong Ride have required that each rider organize a minimum amount of $250 in donations, with all funds raised going to the MS Society. 20 October 2010

Silks take their bows before the Court of Appeal

Wed Oct 20 2010

In his remarks at the bows ceremony before the Court of Appeal, Chief Justice Spigelman congratulated the 2010 senior counsel appointees and praised the rigour and transparency of the� selection process. Learn more>

20 October 2010

Cocktails to celebrate the appointment of four women senior counsel for 2010

Wed Oct 20 2010

The Women Barristers Forum, in association with The Women Lawyers Association of NSW, invites members of the NSW Bar Association to join them at a cocktail function to celebrate the appointment of Sandra Duggan SC, Trish McDonald SC, Elizabeth Collins SC and Gail Furness SC on Thursday, 18 November 2010 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at The Hyde Park Barracks Caf�, Queens Square, Macquarie Street.

16 November 2010

Live debate on special ethics education in public schools

Tue Oct 19 2010

In July of this year In Brief called for volunteers to teach ethics in public schools as part of a trial programme for those children whose parents chose not to have them taught special religious education (a right recognised by the Department of Education). Members who are interested in this subject, or who may be interested in being trained as an ethics teacher may wish to attend a live debate on 17 November at the City Recital Hall Angel Place.

11 November 2010

Federal Magistrates Court Employment Law User Group meeting

Tue Oct 19 2010

The Federal Magistrates Court (General Federal Law) Sydney invites legal practitioners and other representatives of organisations appearing before the court in employment law matters to a professional user group meeting on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 to discuss current practice and procedure issues. The meeting will be chaired by federal magistrates based in Sydney from the employment law panel.

Time: 4.30pm Place: Federal Magistrates Court, Level 5, John Maddison Tower 88 Goulburn St Sydney

Seating is limited so please RSVP with any specific agenda items by Friday, 12 November 2010 to: �

Enquiries: Federal Magistrate Court, General Federal Law Registry (to Kimm Conradsen) on (02) 9230 8264

19 October 2010

Correction: STEP address by the Hon Robert French AC

Tue Oct 19 2010

Yesterday's In Brief included a notice about the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)� address on "The Interface between Equitable Principles and Public Law". The notice stated that it will be held on 'Wednesday, 29 October'. That was incorrect. In fact, it will take place on Friday, 29 October 2010 at 5.30pm sharp at Banco Court, Queens Square. In Brief apologises for any confusion this may have caused.

19 October 2010

Corporate Trustees of Trading Trusts - a History (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Oct 18 2010

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by the Hon Kevin Lindgren QC on "Corporate Trustees of Trading Trusts - a History". The address will take place on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 5.30pm sharp at Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer>

14 February 2011

Pink Ribbon Breakfast 2010

Fri Oct 15 2010

What a great morning! Thank you to all those that attended our second Pink Ribbon breakfast this morning, 15 October. The breakfast has raised over $1,500 so far. Since donations are still being processed the official amount will be announced in a few weeks. If you still would like to make a tax deductible donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), please follow the link and donate on the NSW Bar Association team page. You can also donate directly to the NSW Bar Association and we can pass on your donation by cheque (cheques payable to the ‘National Breast Cancer Foundation’). Thank you to all those people who donated prizes and purchased raffle tickets. The winners were: David Jones voucher – Jennifer Chambers Abbey’s bookshop voucher – Melissa Perry QC Private yoga / meditation classes – Jennifer Single Flower voucher from Fruity Blooms – Jennifer Pearce 3 x Estee Lauder Companies vouchers – Kate Eastman, Michelle Painter, Naomi Sharp Chateau de Soars Bordeaux Rose – Kate Traill French Champagne – Caroline Dobraszczyk And for the guessing competition – 189 lollies in the jar and the winner is Maree Fitzgerald with a guess of 188 (winner had to be closest without going over). Thank you for your support of the New South Wales Bar Association’s 2010 Pink Ribbon Breakfast. 15 October 2010

Changes to fees in certain courts and tribunals

Fri Oct 15 2010

Grab your tickets for the Human Rights Medals and Awards

Fri Oct 15 2010

Tickets are now on sale for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2010 Human Rights Medals and Awards Ceremony to be held in Sydney on Friday, 10 December. The president of the commission, Catherine Branson QC, will deliver the annual Human Rights Oration at the ceremony. To learn more about the awards and the various nominees, or to purchase your tickets, visit the Human Rights Commission's web site.

15 October 2010

Final reminder: nominations for 2011 Bar Council

Fri Oct 15 2010

Members are reminded that nominations for election to the 2011 Bar Council close at 4.00pm on Monday, 18 October 2010. Any member who has not received a nomination form can obtain one from the Bar Association’s reception (ph: (02) 9232 4055; fax: (02) 9221 1149 or e-mail All nominations are acknowledged by e-mail to the candidate within 24 hours of their receipt by the returning officer. A candidate who has not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours of when they believe the nomination would have been received by the returning officer should immediately contact Ms Corinne Brown at the Bar Association on ph: (02) 9229 1754, or e-mail

15 October 2010

Refurbishment of the Law Courts Building foyer

Thu Oct 14 2010

The refurbishment of the Ground Floor public foyer of the Law Courts Building will start in early November 2010. The Macquarie Street entrance will be closed for 3-4 months while the ceiling and the facade are replaced. Every effort will be made to minimise noise, dust and other disturbance to lobby traffic. Much of the works will be carried out on weekends and overnight.

14 October 2010

Tonight: constitutional law seminar on separation of powers

Thu Oct 14 2010

Associate Professor James Stellios (Australian National University) will present a paper on "A Rethinking of the Separation of Powers" at a seminar hosted tonight by the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.

The strict separation of Commonwealth judicial power from other forms of government power is a long established principle in Australian constitutional law. Its continued recognition poses challenges for the design of government institutions and the conferral of powers on them. Since the Australian judiciary is an integrated one, this has implications not just for courts at the federal level, but also for courts at the state and territory level. This paper will explore some of the implications for the judicial role at all levels of government and consider whether we should continue to recognise the principle in its current form.

Commentators: Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC and Mr RJ Ellicott QC

Chair: The Hon JJ Spigelman AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales

Venue: Court 18B, Federal Court, Queens Square, Sydney at 5.30 pm

The event is for members of AACL only. Membership is $50 per annum and entitles members to attend about five seminars a year at no additional cost. Membership enquiries may be made with Christos Mantziaris, 6th Floor St James Hall (

20 October 2010

A series of silk events: scroll presentation ceremony tonight

Thu Oct 14 2010

Newly appointed senior counsel will be presented with their appointment scrolls tonight at 5.15pm in the Bar Association’s Common Room. The scrolls will be presented by Chief Justice Spigelman at 5.45pm. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend the function.

21 October 2010

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

Thu Oct 14 2010

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Conway v Jerram, Magistrate and NSW State Coroner & Another [2010] NSWSC 371 Hatfield v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd [2010] NSWCA 69 Gammasonics Institute for Medical Research Pty Ltd v Comrad Medical Systems Pty Ltd [2010] NSWSC 267 R v Jimmy [2010] NSWCCA 60

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

14 October 2010

Free concert in the High Court

Wed Oct 13 2010

The High Court's public hall will be open to visitors for a free Sunday afternoon concert and exhibition on 17 October 2010, noon to 4.00pm. 'String Theory', an ANU string quartet, will perform 2.45pm to 3.45pm. Natalia Harvey and Tobias Chisnall on violins, Brian Tam on viola and Darsha Rama Kumar on cello will perform Beethoven's String Quartet No 1 in F, Op 18 and Mendelssohn's String Quartet in Es, Op 12. Learn more >

13 October 2010

Reminder: submissions on the draft Bail Bill 2010 are due next week

Wed Oct 13 2010

The New South Wales Government has released an exposure draft of the Bail Bill 2010. Attorney General Hatzistergos said the government would now seek the community’s feedback on the draft laws, along with 21 other recommendations outlined in a major review of the state’s bail system. Members have until the close of business on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 to make submissions. Supreme Court Judge Megan Latham will chair a roundtable of prosecutors, defence lawyers, police, victims’ representatives and other experts to advise whether further changes to the bail system are required.

Submissions should be sent to Penny Musgrave at or

Ms Penny Musgrave Director Criminal Law Review Division Attorney General’s Department GPO Box 6 SYDNEY NSW 2001

Please indicate if you wish your submission to be confidential.

22 October 2010

Assistance required with Expert Evidence Workshops

Tue Oct 12 2010

Forensic Foundations, on behalf of the National Institute of Forensic Science, is holding a series of workshops to provide training to expert witnesses regarding court processes. They are looking for counsel to assist them in the workshops.� The next workshop will be held on Saturday 27 November. Volunteers will have an opportunity to conduct a short examination in chief and cross examination of an expert witness.� Scenarios and other material will be provided one week in advance.� If you would like to assist, or would like further information, please contact Anna Davey, Director of Forensic Foundations.

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Reminder - nominations for 2011 Bar Council

Tue Oct 12 2010

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2010 Bar Council must be received by the returning officer by 4.00pm on Monday 18 October 2010. Nomination forms have been posted to all members.� The form is also available from the Bar Association’s Reception (ph. 9232 4055; fax 9221 1149 or e-mail

All nominations are acknowledged by e-mail to the candidate within 24 hours of their receipt by the returning officer.� A candidate who has not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours of when they believe the nomination would have been received by the returning officer should immediately contact Ms Corinne Brown at the Bar Association on ph 9229 1754, or e-mail

12 October 2010

A series of silk events

Mon Oct 11 2010

The recently-appointed senior counsel will take their bows in accordance with the following schedule:

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 Supreme Court - 9.00am in the Banco Court (silk robes are worn, without wigs) Federal Court of Australia - 9:30am - Court 1, Level 21 (robes to be worn, no wigs)

Monday, 18 October 2010

Land and Environment Court - 9:00am, before the Hon Justice Preston in Court 12 (robes to be worn, no wigs)

19 October 2010

Industrial Relations Commission - 9:30am in Court 4.1 Level 4, 47 Bridge Street, Sydney (no robes or wigs)

Thursday, 21 October 2010

District Court - 9:30am, before the Honourable Justice R O Blanch AM in Court 3.1 of the Downing Centre (robes and full-bottom wigs)

11 October 2010