Appointment of two new magistrates

Thu Sep 09 2010

David Day and Caleb Franklin have been appointed as magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales. They will be sworn in on 11 October 2010. In Brief will provide further details of the swearing-in ceremony when they become available. Learn more >

9 September 2010

The Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) (ADVERTISEMENT)

Thu Sep 09 2010

Sydney Law School is introducing a Juris Doctor (JD) as its graduate entry law degree from 2011. The Sydney JD will have an unrivalled international focus, where graduates will receive a comprehensive overview of the practice and profession of the law in Australia and how it relates globally, transnationally and internationally.

The Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs will deliver a presentation on the Sydney JD at the Graduate Options Expo on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 at 6.00pm in Law School Lecture Theatre 101, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney.The presentation will be the highlight of the Graduate Expo, which runs from 3.00pm to 8.00pm.

For more information on the Sydney JD visit:

9 September 2010

Be part of the Great Bar Blood Drive

Thu Sep 09 2010

The Red Cross Blood Service's Elizabeth Street Donor Centre needs to collect more than 80 blood donations every day. The Health, Sport and Recreation Committee has organised a Blood Drive for Wednesday, 15 September 2010 between 8.00am-10.00am. Bring a friend or colleague to help boost the blood supply. Contact Cindy Penrose to make an appointment.

9 September 2010

Home detention under-used, says auditor-general

Wed Sep 08 2010

Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat today released his report on home detention in NSW. He found that home detention is "tough on offenders [and] cheaper than fulltime prison".

Paradoxically, though, the inquiry found that very few offenders in New South Wales receive such a sentence. In fact, the daily average number of people on home detention was 175, which represents a decline of 25 per cent since 2002-03.

8 September 2010

BOCSAR seminar: Respecting "Terrorists" in a Jury Trial

Tue Sep 07 2010

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research will host a seminar by Professor David Tait from the Justice Research Group, University of Western Sydney, on "Respecting 'terrorists' in a jury trial: how to humanise unpopular defendants". It will take place between 11am-midday, on Friday, 17 September 2010 in the Jury Assembly Room, Sydney West Trial Court, 6 George Street Parramatta.

Suspects charged with terrorism-related offences are increasingly coming before juries to decide on their cases.� What confidence can we have that juries, comprised almost entirely of people from different backgrounds to those of the accused, are likely to deal fairly with the evidence?� This paper uses data from a mock trial carried out in the NSW Supreme Court involving a terrorist scenario, together with information about the use of security cages in courtrooms in Australia and several European jurisdictions, and historical research about mixed juries.� It makes a case for changes to court layouts, jury selection and court processes that are likely to enhance the ability of jurors to view defendants in terrorism cases as fellow citizens.

David Tait, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Western Sydney, where he heads the Justice Research Group. He is a criminologist and sociologist with a background in social statistics, guardianship and mental health, sentencing, jury research and urban sociology.� He currently leads four Australian Research Council-funded research projects on juries and interactive evidence, remote witness technologies in courts, court safety and security, and confidence in justice and the jury experience. He is co-ordinator of the Court of the Future Network, a group of architects, judges and scholars with an interest in court design and rituals.

Directions� � The Sydney West Trial Court is located at 6 George Street Parramatta, corner of George and Marsden Streets.� �

There are a number of paid parking options available in the area. Details can be found on the Parramatta Council website:\_and\_transport/car\_parks

RSVPs are essential - please email to or ring 02 9231 9190.

7 September 2010

The Boot and Bar Festival

Tue Sep 07 2010

The first Tri-State Bar Football Competition will take place tomorrow, 11 September 2010 from 1.00pm at St Andrews Oval, University of Sydney. Presentations will follow in the Grandstand Bar from 5.00pm to 6.30 pm with renowned supporter of The Beautiful Game, the Hon Justice Anna Katzmann, as the guest of honour.

10 September 2010

BOCSAR research finds no correlation between crime and Kings Cross injecting centre

Mon Sep 06 2010

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published the results of its study into the incidence of robbery, property crime and drug offences in the vicinity of King Cross's Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC), which opened in May 2001. The report concluded that "no evidence was found that the MSIC has had a negative impact on robbery, property crime or drug offences in King Cross LAC". Learn more>

6 September 2010

Fiduciary relationships in commercial arrangements after White City (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Sep 03 2010

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Robert Angyal SC on "Fiduciary relationships in commercial arrangements following the High Court's White City decision". The address will take place on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer>

13 September 2010

Historic architectural drawings for Denman Chambers

Thu Sep 02 2010

Acting Justice Bryson and Mr Malcolm Levy, project director in the Department of Justice and Attorney General have graciously allowed the Bar Association to display architectural drawings and specifications for the construction of Denman Chambers, occupied as Barristers' Chambers in Phillip Street from the 1880s until demolished in the 1970s.� These architectural drawings and specifications - covering the period 1881-1883 - are available for viewing during September and early October at Bar Association premises. Afterwards, the Mitchell Library will assume responsibility for their ongoing conservation. To ensure appropriate care and conservation of the drawings, viewing is by appointment only.� Please contact the Bar Association's Reception on ph:(02) 9232 4055.

2 September 2010

Changes to the Legal Aid NSW Civil Law Consumer Protection Policy

Thu Sep 02 2010

Legal Aid NSW has made a number of amendments to its Civil Law Consumer Protection Policy to accommodate the introduction of the new national consumer protection framework introduced on 1 July 2010. Among other things, changes include the alignment of the policies relating to state and commonwealth consumer protection matters, and the introduction of a policy in relation to external dispute resolution. For further details, please see Policy Bulletin 2010 No 8-10 (Consumer Protection Matters).

2 September 2010

Dates for your Diary: New South Wales Bar Association 2011 CPD Conferences

Thu Sep 02 2010

The New South Wales Bar Association will hold five regional conferences throughout February and March 2011, to assist members in meeting their annual CPD requirement. All conferences run from 8.00am to 6.20pm and full attendance will attract 10 CPD points. Conferences will be held at: North Coast: Saturday, 12 February, Ramada Hotel & Suites, Ballina Newcastle: Saturday, 19 February, Crowne Plaza Orange: Saturday, 26 February, Turner’s Vineyard Parramatta: Saturday, 12 March, Crowne Plaza Sydney: Saturday, 26 March, Sofitel Further details will be issued in future editions of In Brief. Please contact Jo Musumeci (ph: 02 9229 1722, if you have any questions regarding the conferences or your CPD requirement.

2 September 2010

The Bar Association premises to be refurbished over Christmas

Wed Sep 01 2010

The Bar Association will upgrade the Common Room and general offices over the 2010/2011 Christmas period. Bar Council decided to carry out work at that time so that it would coincide with a Building Codes of Australia upgrade. Existing facilities are obsolete and have reached the end of their design life. The refurbishment will provide more flexible use of space, better quality air conditioning and increased security - all in compliance with OH&S requirements.�

The Common Room will be closed from 1 November 2010.� The general offices will relocate to the Counsel's Chambers hearing rooms on Level 1 during the week 6-10 December 2010. The Library will also be closed from 10 December 2010 to allow for work on the airconditioning plant to be carried out.

1 September 2010

New code of conduct for representatives of children

Wed Sep 01 2010

Attorney General John Hatzistergos has launched an advisory committee and code of conduct to govern the role of representatives of children and other vulnerable people in legal proceedings. Many of the principles contained in the proposed code of conduct form part of the present New South Wales Barristers' Rules. The Guardian ad Litem Professional Advisory Committee will have representatives of the Children’s Court, the Supreme Court and the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT). There will be a Guardian ad Litem web site to provide information to the panel, courts and tribunals, solicitors and the public. Learn more>

3 September 2010

2010 Rule of Law in Australia Conference - The rule of law, the courts and constitutions

Wed Sep 01 2010

The rule of law: everyone supports it. But what are the challenges confronting it in Australia and how should the legal profession, legislators, judicial officers and law reform commissioners respond? Members are invited to the 2010 Rule of Law in Australia Conference - The rule of law, the courts and constitutions, a conference organised by the Bar Association and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, to be held on Saturday, 6 November 2010, 9.00am-2.00pm at the Intercontinental, Sydney.

The list of distinguished speakers and chairpersons includes:� the Honourable J D Heydon AC; Chief Justice J J Spigelman AC; The Hon Justice P Brereton AM; The Right Honourable Lord Goldsmith QC PC; Nicholas Cowdery AM QC; Professor George Williams. Places are limited so book now. � If you have any questions regarding the 2010 Rule of Law in Australia Conference please contact Katie Hall on 9229 1720.

5 October 2010

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Wed Sep 01 2010

The following cases were selected by V Kline for reporting in FCR:

Murray v Western Australia� [2010] FCA 595 Sports Warehouse Inc v Fry Consulting Pty Ltd� [2010] FCA 664 Keynes v Rural Directions Pty Ltd [2010] FCAFC 100 SZMWQ v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2010] FCAFC 97 Auskay International Manufacturing and Trade Pty Ltd v Qantas Airways Ltd� [2010] FCAFC 96 Transmarket Trading Pty Ltd v Sydney Futures Exchange Ltd [2010] FCA 534 Re Timeshare Resort Club Ltd (in liq)� [2010] FCA 673

SZNZL v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2010] FCA 621 Tiver v Official Trustee in Bankruptcy [2010] FCA 620 Cement Australia Pty Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2010] FCAFC 101 QGC Pty Ltd v Bygrove [2010] FCA 659 Cassaniti v Federal Commissioner of Taxation [2010] FCA 641 Suyen Corporation v Americana International Ltd [2010] FCA 638

1 September 2010