TONIGHT - Tuesday 24 August - The Prohibitions Del Roy

Tue Aug 24 2010

This seminar will deal with the dramatic confrontation between Sir Edward Coke and King James I in relation to the judicial and prerogative power of the King epitomised by The Prohibitions del Roy.� To be presented by Dermot Ryan SC and chaired by Howard Insall SC. Download a flyer for more information.�

24 August 2010

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Tue Aug 24 2010

Standards for law graduates: what should they be?

Mon Aug 23 2010

As part of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council-funded project developing minimum or ‘threshold’ national Learning and Teaching Academic Standards for the Bachelor of Laws, the Discipline Scholars in Law (Prof. Sally Kift from QUT and Prof. Mark Israel from UWA) are running a process of consultation involving meetings across Australia with the profession. These include two sessions in Sydney, one in Wollongong and one in Canberra. Learn more about the Project, the dates for consultations, and register online.� Learn more about TEQSA and the dates for consultations.

23 August 2010

Federal constitutional influences on state judicial review: an AACL seminar

Mon Aug 23 2010

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law invites members to attend a lecture by Dr Matthew Groves (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University) regarding 'Federal Constitutional Influences on State Judicial Review', to be held on Thursday, 26 August 2010 at 5:30 pm.

Several federal constitutional principles, including the ‘entrenched minimum provision of judicial review’ (Plaintiff S157 (2003) 211 CLR 476, [103]), impose restraints on state judicial review but offer few protections. Thus, state administrative law cases such as Quin (1990) and Enfield (1999) have imposed doctrinal limits upon judicial review by considerations referable to the federal Constitution. These considerations have also precluded the adoption, at the state level, of new grounds of review, such as substantive unfairness (Lam 2003), a remedy for ‘serious administrative injustice’ (S20, 2003) or the adoption of innovations such as proportionality via bills or charters of rights. Conversely, state judicial review has enjoyed few federal protections. Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission [2010] HCA 1 now suggests that the integrated judicial system established by the Constitution may provide some entrenched protections for state judicial review rather than just restrictions.

Commentators: The Hon Justice Brian Preston (chief justice of the Land and Environment Court) and Mr Mark Robinson (Third Floor Wentworth Chambers)

Chair: Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QC

Venue: Court 18A, Federal Court, Queens Square

The seminar is for AACL members only. Membership is $50 per year. Membership applications may be obtained at the door.

23 August 2010

NSW v Victorian Barristers Hockey Match - 9 October 2010

Mon Aug 23 2010

Last year, in a stunning reversal of form, the Rupert Balfe – Leycester Meares Cup was returned its rightful and proud position in the NSW Bar Association Common Room cabinet after a period of absence which has proven impossible to quantify.� This year’s match is to be held on 9 October 2010 at 2.00pm at Kyeemagh RSL, on the corner of Mutch Avenue and Tancred Avenue, Kyeemagh.�

While all returning players are welcome, there is always need to replenish team stocks with new and exciting hockey talent, real or imagined.� Luckily, the rules of hockey are simple and learned quickly, although skills take a longer period to develop.� Accordingly, all interested players – barristers, judges, clerks – should contact Andrew Scotting on 9335 3080 or by e-mail As the present holders of the cup the NSW team would also appreciate the support of spectators, including families of players. The match promises to be an exciting prelude to the social occasion that inevitably follows in the confines of the RSL.

23 August 2010

Wednesday 1 September: Duties of Counsel: Recent Developments

Sun Aug 22 2010

This seminar, to be presented by The Hon Justice P R Garling, will cover the duties of counsel to the court. In particular, it will explore whether the recent decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in Rees v Bailey Aluminium Ladders Pty Ltd (Rees v Bailey Aluminium Products Pty Ltd — (2008) 21 VR 478; [2008] VSCA 244) gives rise to a new set of more onerous obligations on counsel in the conduct of litigation. Attendance at this seminar will provide 1.5 CPD points in the Ethics or Substantive Law strands.� Download a flyer for more information.

30 August 2010

Upcoming 15 Bobbers – Dates for the diary

Fri Aug 20 2010

A 15 Bobber will be held to celebrate the appointment of his Honour Judge Ross Letherbarrow SC to the District Court of NSW on Friday, 17 September 2010. A 15 Bobber will also be held to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Associate Justice Philip Hallen to the Supreme Court of NSW on Friday, 24 September 2010. RSVP details and payment forms will be sent out through In Brief �next week. If you have any questions regarding the above functions, please contact Katie Hall on 9229 1720. 20 August 2010 �

Tom Bathurst QC on Justinian

Fri Aug 20 2010

The Association's President, Tom Bathurst QC, was recently interviewed for Justinian, where he discussed the National Legal Profession Reforms and practice as a barrister. See the interview.

�20 August 2010

Appointment of Andrew Haesler SC as a judge of the District Court

Fri Aug 20 2010

Andrew Haesler SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the District Court on Monday, 20 September 2010. The ceremonial sitting will be held at 9.30am in Court 21A of John Maddison Tower. Attorney General Hatzistergos will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

15 September 2010

Bar Book Club meets on 16 September

Thu Aug 19 2010

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be on Thursday, 16 September 2010, at 6.00pm in the library. Wine and cheese will be served. The selected book is : Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell.

14 September 2010

Oxfam Trailwalker – Call for sponsorship

Thu Aug 19 2010

On�26-28 August 2011 members of the Bar Association will be among those taking part in�the Oxfam Trailwalker, in which four-person teams trek 100km from the Hawkesbury to the Harbour.�Two teams have come to the attention of In Brief: "The Ambitious Chooks", an all-female team comprised of Justice Anna Katzmann,�her Honour Judge Olsson, Patricia McDonald SC and Stephanie Mancell.�Go the Chooks! Not to be overlooked is "Hard Days Night", with Alexander Bolton, Jeremy Morris, Richard Woods and Susan Phillips. If there are any other Trailwalkers from the bench and bar, please contact In Brief and we'll give�them a plug.

Participants in the event raise funds to support the works of Oxfam Australia. All sponsorships are tax deductible and can be made via the website. The progress of the walkers can be tracked during the event via the website.

19 August 2010

Tonight: an evening with Albie Sachs in conversation with Bob Debus

Tue Aug 17 2010

Members are invited to attend the launch of The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law by Albie Sachs. After returning to South Africa from a period of exile, during which he survived an assassination attempt, human rights lawyer, Albie Sachs played a significant role in drafting South Africa's post-apartheid Constitution and was appointed by Nelson Mandela to the country's first Constitutional Court which interprets South Africa's Bill of Rights. Bob Debus was appointed minister for home affairs under the Rudd Labor government in 2007. Prior to his federal appointment, he was NSW attorney general, environment minister and minister for the arts.

Time: 5.30pm-7:30pm Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2010 Venue: Freehills, Level 38, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney Cost: $25.00, or $55.00 (which includes a copy of The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law by Albie Sachs) Drinks will be served.

RSVP:� Register online at by Friday, 10 September 2010 Enquiries:� Please call (02) 9385 1803 or email

15 September 2010

Another great big book sale by the QLD Supreme Court Library

Tue Aug 17 2010

The Queensland Supreme Court Library is holding another massive clearance sale. Monographs, serials, law reports and reference items: they've all got to go! Prices do not include postage and handling to interstate and overseas buyers. Delivery to addresses in the Brisbane CBD is free of charge. For more information, including to request photographs of items, contact Helen Jeffcoat via e-mail or on ph: (07) 3247 4267.

17 August 2010

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival - registrations closing soon

Tue Aug 17 2010

The Health Sport and Recreation Committee invites members to help celebrate 10 years of the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival by running (or walking) on Sunday, 19 September 2010. Time is running out to register for the NSW Bar team. Courses range from the full marathon, through a half marathon down to a "family" course of about 4km. Set in and around the Sydney CBD, the courses take in Sydney’s beautiful surrounds and breathtaking views along the way, including a trip across the Harbour Bridge which will be closed to traffic on the day. Places are limited, and entries will close soon!!! World famous Bar Association running shirts will be available for the event, for those who do not already have one. If you wish to register as a member of the Bar Association’s team please contact David Jordan.

2 September 2010

Positions vacant at the ADT

Mon Aug 16 2010

Attorney General John Hatzistergos is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as part-time non-judicial members of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal of NSW to be assigned to the General, Community Services, Revenue, Equal Opportunity, Retail Leases and Legal Services Divisions for a period of up to three years. Learn more>

16 August 2010

Legislation to note: sun to set on 1 September 2010 for five regulations

Thu Aug 12 2010

The following regulations commence on 1 September 2010. Under the 'sunset' provisions contained in section 10 (2) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989 these regulations will repeal and replace, with some minor amendments, their predecessors.

Summary Offences Regulation 2010 (NSW) Drug Court Regulation 2010 (NSW) Fines Regulation 2010 (NSW) Children (Community Service Orders) Regulation 2010 (NSW) Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Regulation 2010 (NSW)

12 August 2010

Appointment of crown prosecutor

Thu Aug 12 2010

Rohan Cooley has been appointed as a crown prosecutor for the period commencing on 17 August 2010 and expiring on 16 August 2017.�

12 August 2010

2010 Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture

Wed Aug 11 2010

The 2010 Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, 2 September at 5.45pm in the Federal Court on Level 21 of the Law Courts Building, Queens Square. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Patrick McGorry AO, the Australian of the year for 2010, and will be followed by a panel discussion with law students and young lawyers. The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation is involved with raising awareness, disseminating information and effecting change in the area of mental health and wellbeing within the legal education system and the legal profession.

26 August 2010

University of Sydney Law Revue: How to Lose Votes & Aggravate People (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Aug 11 2010

The 2010 Sydney Law Revue, "How to Lose Votes & Aggravate People", promises to continue a tradition of big dance numbers, witty and biting satire and less witty and biting pun jokes. A tradition of bright young things with bursting creativity performing on stage… before selling out and becoming corporate lawyers. Performances are on 18, 19, 20 & 21 August, at 8.00pm in the Seymour Centre (City Road, Chippendale). Tickets can be purchased through, at the Seymour Centre and online: $18 concession, $20 adult.

18 August 2010