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Wanted: mentors for the Freehills Women

Thu Jun 30 2011

The Women Barristers Forum invite members to become mentors in the Freehills Women’s Mentoring Programme. The scheme is run by the UNSW Law Society and aims to pair female law students with successful women legal professionals. Learn more>

30 June 2011

For those in peril on the sea

Thu Jun 30 2011

The Australian Insurance Law Association invite members to a Twilight Seminar on "Proximate Cause, Perils of the Sea and Inherent Vice in Marine Insurance", to be presented by the Hon Justice Allsop on 20 July 2011 between 4.30pm and 6.00pmat Minter Ellison, L19, 88 Phillip Street, Sydney. For more information, and to register, download a brochure>

12 July 2011

AG announces new fines scheme

Thu Jun 30 2011

The homeless, mentally ill and those with serious addictions will be given the chance to “work off” any unpaid fines under an expanded program announced today by Attorney General Greg Smith SC. Learn more>

30 June 2011

Extending the Criminal Case Conferencing Trial

Thu Jun 30 2011

The Criminal Case Conferencing Trial Amendment (Extension) Regulation 2011 and the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Briefs of Evidence) Regulation 2011 commence on 30 June 2011.

The object of the Criminal Case Conferencing Trial Amendment (Extension) Regulation 2011 is to extend the operation of the Criminal Case Conferencing Trial until 1 July 2012. The trial operates under the _Criminal Case Conferencing Trial Act 2008 _and provides for compulsory pre-committal conferences and the codification of sentence discounts for guilty pleas in certain criminal matters conducted in Sydney. The government is still considering the future of the Criminal Case Conferencing scheme.

The object of the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Briefs of Evidence) Regulation 2011 is to extend the operation of the trial scheme operating under the Criminal Procedure Regulation 2010. The regulation sets out the requirements to serve briefs of evidence in summary matters and has been extended to allow for an evaluation of the trial’s outcomes to be completed.

30 June 2011

YL Civil Litigation Committee Great Debate and EOFY Drinks

Tue Jun 28 2011

NSW Young Lawyers' Civil Litigation Committee will host its Great Debate�and�End of Financial Year�Drinks on�14 July 2011�from 6.00pm. This is sure to be an entertaining evening and a great way to unwind after a hectic 2011 financial year.� Save the date! In keeping with custom, they are seeking a team of three barristers and a team of three solicitors to thrash out the chosen topic, “When it comes to the law and lawyers, bigger is better...”!� Young Lawyers are very fortunate to have secured Justice Harrison, the patron of NSW Young Lawyers,�to judge the debate.

If you think you have what it takes to wax lyrical and wow the crowd with cunning wit, they would love to hear from you! If so, please contact Talitha Fishburn no later than�1 July 2011�to express your interest.�� The teams will be finalised soon after. More details�of the event will be�provided shortly – so stay tuned!

28 June 2011

2011 Justice Awards: nominations open until 29 July

Mon Jun 27 2011

Nominations for the 2011 Justice Awards are open until 29 July 2011. 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 24 October 2011 at Parliament House, Sydney.

20 July 2011

Vietnam Legal Conference - January 2012 [ADVERTISEMENT]

Mon Jun 27 2011

Learned Friends Professional Education is holding a conference in Vietnam from 7 - 14 January 2012. Speakers include Judge Sidis of the District Court, Federal Magistrate Coakes, Jeremy Gormly SC and Stephen Campbell SC.� As this is a popular time of year in Vietnam accommodation and flights should be booked well in advance. Learned Friends are holding some accommodation reservations at the conference venues.� Full details of the conference can be obtained by emailing admin@learnedfriends.com.au�

2 November 2011

Position vacant: public defender (Sydney)

Fri Jun 24 2011

Attorney General Greg Smith SC is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a public defender under the Public Defenders Act 1995 for a seven-year fixed term that may be renewed, and subject to an initial twelve-month probationary period. Learn more>

24 June 2011

Books for the Children

Fri Jun 24 2011

On any list day at the Children's Court one sees children and their parents, friends and family waiting, sometimes for hours, with nothing at all to do. In January 2011 some practitioners started the Book Project, with the aim of placing books at the seven Children’s Courts around NSW – Parramatta, Glebe, Campbelltown, Port Kembla, Broadmeadow, Woy Woy and Wyong. Beginning at Glebe, books were provided for children of all ages, but as often as not they are read by the adults present. Unfortunately, Parramatta Children's Court declined to take part in the scheme.

What you can do

If you are a practitioner who attends Children’s Court, keep an eye on the books.� Some books do go missing in action, and, if you can, you might replenish supplies with good quality children’s books in good or new condition.� If shelves become damaged, please let us know so they can be replaced.

If you do not yourself attend the Children’s Courts, but can supply books, give them to your colleagues who do, or drop them off to Michele Fraser at Frederick Jordan Chambers, 53 Martin Place Sydney,� DX 450 Sydney. If you are a practitioner who attends at Broadmeadow, Woy Woy and Wyong Childrens Courts and would like to oversee the project in those parts, please contact Michele Fraser on tel (02) 9229 7239.

19 August�2011

Lead role for NSW legal profession, says AG

Fri Jun 24 2011

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has made a pitch for New South Wales to take a lead role in the implementation of a national legal profession. “As the dominant player in the Australian legal services market, Sydney would be the most appropriate place to establish the new national regulators, the National Legal Services Board and Commissioner,” Mr Smith said.

24 June 2011

For the diary: farewell dinner for DDT president

Fri Jun 24 2011

The president of the Dust Diseases Tribunal, the Hon Judge J L O'Meally AM RFD, will retire on 17 November 2011. A dinner to mark his retirement is proposed to be held on Friday, 11 November at 6.30pm at the American Club, Level 14, 131 Macquarie St. Further details will be provided closer to the date.

24 June 2011

Lloyd Babb SC to be the new DPP

Fri Jun 24 2011

Crown Advocate Lloyd Babb SC will be next New South Wales DPP, Attorney General Greg Smith SC announced today. The attorney described Mr Babb as "a lawyer of the highest quality, who is well versed with all aspects of criminal law’’. Mr Babb will take up his position on 18 July. The appointment is for 10 years.

24 June 2011

Law Council develops strategy to keep women in the law

Thu Jun 23 2011

The Law Council is concerned by the high attrition rates of women lawyers and believes the retention of women lawyers is a matter of national importance that must be addressed in the legal profession, according its president, Alexander Ward. Learn more>

23 June 2011

Amended forms in the Federal Magistrates Court

Wed Jun 22 2011

The Federal Magistrates Court has advised that changes have been made to forms 1-5 required for applications in the Fair Work Division. The amended forms may be obtained from the FMC website. Similarly, the form approved for use in making an application in a case has been amended by adding a paragraph on affidavit requirements. The amended form is also available from the Federal Magistrate's Court web site>

22 June 2011

Jackson QC to chair state constitutional panel

Wed Jun 22 2011

David Jackson QC will chair a panel of constitutional experts, including Professor George Williams and Dr Elaine Thompson, to advise the New South Wales Government on the possibility of introducing "recall elections". The panel will be asked to report back� by 30 September on the feasibility of establishing a recall procedure, which would be a trigger for an early general state election.

22 June 2011

Land and Environment Court registry move

Wed Jun 22 2011

The Land and Environment Court registry refurbishment will shortly be completed. Accordingly, the registry counter, currently located on level 1 of 225 Macquarie Street (Windeyer Chambers), will be closed from 12noon on Friday 24 June 2011 to facilitate the move back to level 4. Registry services will resume at 8:30am on level 4 on Monday 27 June 2011. Learn more>

22 June 2011

2011 ADR Workshop

Wed Jun 22 2011

The 2011 Alternative Dispute Workshop will be held on Saturday, 13 August 2011 from 9.00am – 5.15pm in the Heritage Ballroom, Westin Hotel, No.1 Martin Place. The opening address will be delivered by Chief Justice Tom Bathurst. Other speakers and panellists will be Attorney General Greg Smith SC, Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG KStJ, Angela Bowne SC. For more information, or to register, download a�programme >

5�August 2011

ALMA 2012 Conference in Hong Kong (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Jun 22 2011

Definitely one for the diary! The 2012 Australasia Legal - Mediation & Arbitration Conference, titled "Capturing Opportunities in an Expanding Market", will be held in Hong Kong on 11-13 January 2012. ALMA 2012 is an educational and networking opportunity for Australian legal professionals interested in capturing opportunities in the lucrative Asian mediation and arbitration business. The event will include conference sessions delivered by local and international experts and opportunities to develop relationships with members of the Hong Kong, SE Asian and UK legal fraternity, solicitors and corporate professionals. One point per hour, to a maximum of 6 CPD points.� Barristers can allocate the point(s) to the most appropriate strand or strands. The full list of speakers will be available shortly.

28 June 2011

New Trans-Tasman legal proceedings bill passed by parliament

Wed Jun 22 2011

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today welcomed the passage of the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Amendment and Other Measures Bill 2011. "The reforms will streamline and simplify procedures for the service of process, the recognition and enforcement of judgments, obtaining and giving evidence and appearing remotely", Mr McClelland said. Learn more about the bill>

22 June 2011