Court of Appeal submissions box has been moved

Mon Jan 31 2011

Due to refurbishments on Level 12 of the Law Courts Building, the old submissions box for the Court of Appeal has been replaced. Its replacement, which looks like a mail box, is now located adjacent to the public lift area on level 12.

31 January 2011

New Workers Compensation Regulations

Mon Jan 31 2011

The Workers Compensation Regulation 2010 will commence tomorrow, 1 February 2010. It replaces the provisions of the Workers Compensation Regulation 2003, which�will be�repealed under the 'sunset' provisions contained in section 10 (2) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989. View the Regulations>

31 January 2011

Vale John Wilson (1951-2011)

Fri Jan 28 2011

John Wilson, formerly of Lachlan Macquarie Chambers, died on 9 January 2011. An obituary will be published in the next edition of Bar News.

28 January 2011

Vale Malcolm Duncan (1956-2011)

Fri Jan 28 2011

Malcolm Duncan, barrister, died on the night of 27-28 January 2011. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

28 January 2011

Anthony Girard

Thu Jan 27 2011

Anthony Girard, formerly of Latham Chambers, has died at the age of 83. A mass will be held at Church of St Rose, 4 Rose Avenue, Collaroy Plateau, Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 1.30pm. 27 January 2011


National Practitioner's Certificate in Mediation

Tue Jan 25 2011

The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA) will present again the National Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation course in Sydney. The six day course, which meets the requirements of the National Accreditation Standards for Mediators, is divided into two intensive sessions, held over two weeks.� The next course will be held on 2 – 5 March and 11 – 12 March at IAMA's premises on �Level 9, 52 Phillip Street, Sydney. Download the six day program and the registration form.

25 January 2011

NSW Law Reports online

Mon Jan 24 2011

NSWLR Volume 76, Part 2�is now available to online and print subscribers. For a list of cases in the part, and other NSWLR parts and volumes,�go to

25 January 2011

Arbitrators wanted at the Workers Compensation Commission

Mon Jan 24 2011

Applications are sought from�legal practitioners�or persons with�skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the resolution of workers compensation disputes. A number of arbitral positions are available. Applications close on 13 February 2011. Details about the positions, including terms and conditions, are contained in the Information Package available at:� For more information contact: Sian Leathem, registrar, on ph: 02 8281 6350

24 January 2011


Free workers compensation seminars

Mon Jan 24 2011

The Workers Compensation Commission is holding free information seminars regarding the commission’s operations and recent changes to workers compensation and the impact on you and your clients. Topics will include:

  • Overview of the Workers Compensation Commission
  • Legislative Amendments, and Changes to the Rules and Regulations
  • Practice and Procedure

Seminars will be presented at various locations around New South Wales by senior staff of the WCC. Bookings are essential. Register at: For more details visit the Commission website:

24 January 2011

Changes to workers compensation laws take effect next week

Mon Jan 24 2011

The Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2010 received Assent on 16 November 2010 and will be proclaimed to commence on 1 February2011.

ln summary the changes in the Act will:

  • align the maximum age for determining future economic loss under Work lnjury Damages to eligibility for the aged pension under the Social Security Act 1991 (Cth);
  • clarify that the maximum statutory cap for weekly benefits for partial incapacity under section 40 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 applies to the benefit entitlement only (exclusive of any wages the claimant receives for performing work);
  • provide for reimbursement of the cost of obtaining a permanent impairment medical certificate as part of the worker's permanent impairment compensation claim;
  • restrict appeals in the Workers Compensation Commission to cases where there is some "legal, factual or discretionary error";

  • clarify arrangements for the admission of fresh or additional evidence in appeals;

  • enable certain matters to be reconsidered by the commission as an alternative to formal legal appeals or challenges;�
  • give the commission discretion to hear appeals of an interlocutory nature prior to the finalisation of the primary matter; and make other administrative amendments.

Learn more>

24 January 2011

30th Annual Pan-Orthodox church service marking the opening of the 2011 Law Term

Fri Jan 21 2011

The 30th Annual Pan-Orthodox Church Service to mark the opening of the Law Term for 2011 will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern on Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 6.30pm. Practitioners and guests are asked to be seated in the Cathedral by 6.25pm.

The procession to the Cathedral will be led by the Chief Justice and will commence from the Rectory of the Archdiocese, which is situated in the grounds of the Cathedral. Those wishing to robe are invited to do so in the Rectory.

This invitation is also extended to your spouse/partner or guest.

At the conclusion of the Service, a light buffet and refreshments will be served at the reception room of the Archdiocese.

21 January 2011

Appointment of Magistrate

Fri Jan 21 2011

The Governor-in-Council has approved of the appointment of Mr Shane McAnulty, barrister, as a Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales.

Mr McAnulty will be sworn in as a Magistrate at 9am, courtroom 5.2, at the Downing Centre, Liverpool Street, on 14 February 2011.

21 February 2011.

Appointments to the Local court of New South Wales

Mon Jan 17 2011

Acting Attorney General Verity Firth has announced the appointments of Louise McManus and Margaret McGlynn as part-time magistrates of the Local Court.

Both new appointments are outstanding members of the NSW legal profession, possessing the expertise and talent required of members of the judiciary, Ms Firth said.

The swearing-in ceremony will be in courtroom 5.2, level 5 of the Downing Centre at 9:00am on Monday 7 February 2011.

Media release can be viewed here

17 January 2011

St James’ Church, 2012 Law Term Church Service

Thu Jan 13 2011

**The Most Reverend Dr Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney, and the Reverend Andrew Sempell, Rector of St James, invite members of the NSW judiciary, Bar and legal profession to attend the 2012 LAW TERM CHURCH SERVICE **at St James’ Anglican Church, 173 King Street, Sydney on Monday, 30 January commencing at 10:30 am followed by morning tea.

23 January 2012

New Law Council President sets LCA agenda for 2011

Wed Jan 05 2011

The Law Council of Australia’s new President, Mr Alexander Ward, has outlined his agenda for the coming year and said the Council will continue to play a crucial role in the reform of the national legal profession, while also focusing on a number of issues facing the legal sector both domestically and abroad.� Please see the LCA's media release for more information.

5 January 2011

Appointments to the Local Court of New South Wales

Wed Jan 05 2011

Michael David Antrum and Theo Tsavdaridis have been appointed as magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales, effective 17 January 2011. Eugene Gramelis from Henry Parkes Chambers will speak on behalf of the Bar. The swearing-in ceremony will be in courtroom 5.2, level 5 of the Downing Centre at 9:00am on Monday 17 January 2011.

5 January 2011

Synagogue service - opening of Law Term 2012

Wed Jan 05 2011

The Jewish service to mark the opening of the 2012 Law Term will be held at the Great Synagogue on Friday, 10 February 2012. The service�will be attended�by Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and will start at 5.30pm.�It will be�followed by the Friday night service and dinner with the chief justice as�guest speaker. Cost for the dinner is $100 (inc. GST, $70 for children under 12). For more information or to RSVP for the service and/or dinner email: or ph: 9267 2477.

1 February�2012

Retirement ceremony for the Hon Justice Jennifer Boland

Wed Jan 05 2011

A ceremonial sitting of the Family Court of Australia will be held in Sydney tomorrow, 3 February 2011 to mark the retirement of the Hon Justice Jennifer Boland as a judge of the court and as an Appeal Division judge. The special sitting will be held at the Family Law Courts Building Sydney, Full courtroom, Level 7 at 4:30pm. Grahame Richardson SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Although the judges will not wear wigs, the convention is for counsel to wear theirs (senior counsel to wear full-bottomed wigs).

27 January 2011

Swearing-in ceremony for John Sackar QC

Wed Jan 05 2011

A ceremonial sitting for the swearing-in of John Sackar QC as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales will be held on Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 9.30am in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Tom Bathurst QC will speak on behalf of the Bar. Barristers are to wear robes and wigs. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

31 January 2011

Red Mass for opening of 2013 Law Term

Wed Jan 05 2011

The archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell AC, invites all members of the bench and bar to the celebration of the 2013 Red Mass. The mass will be held in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney at 9:00am on Tuesday 29 January 2013, followed by morning tea in Cathedral House. Bernard Coles QC will give the reading on behalf of the Bar. Robing in the crypt is available from 8.30am.

16 January 2013