Vale Judge Ralph Coolahan (1949-2011)

Wed Nov 30 2011

His Honour Judge Ralph Coolahan, resident criminal judge at the District Court in Newcastle, died this morning. Justice Reg Blanch has issued a media statement. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements when they are known.

30 November 2011

David Kirby corrects the record on PIC role

Tue Nov 29 2011

Former Supreme Court judge, the Hon David Kirby QC, today clarified his position regarding�the Police Integrity Commission (PIC), in the face of inaccurate media reports.�A spokesperson for Mr Kirby said he had never accepted – nor resigned – from the position as PIC Inspector.�Premier Barry O'Farrell has issued a corresponding media release.

29 November 2011�

ALMA conference registrations close this week (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Nov 29 2011

ALMA 2012 – Australasia Legal, Mediation & Arbitration Conference to be held in Hong Kong in 11-13 January boasts an exceptional speaker program and includes a series of specialist seminars hosted by local firms, including Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Dechert, Haldanes, Withers Worldwide, Minter Ellison, Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Ince & Co.� The Hong Kong supporting firms have expressed their strong interest in meeting with our delegation and creating business relationships – so it is important that ADR professionals do not miss this opportunity to meet these important representatives in the SE Asian market.� Registration is available online on the website or via fax back form� -

29 November 2011

Electronic production of documents under District Court Form 26A

Tue Nov 29 2011

The District Court has recently introduced�Form 26A, a new form of subpoena for the production of documents which provides for their production in electronic form satisfactory to the party issuing the subpoena. Members of the Bar Association required to advise on evidence or generally in relation to the preparat�on of cases should be alert to the risk that privileged documents might fall into the hands of an opposing party which has issued a subpoena and which gets electronic production of the documents. There may not, in some situations at least, be the same scope for getting first access to the documents and making a claim of privilege where appropriate (e.g� in the case of the clinical notes and records of treating doctors in personal injuries cases, forensic accountants and former solicitors in other cases) unless prompt act�on is taken to ensure that that can and does happen.

29 November 2011

Dates for your Diary: New South Wales Bar Association 2012 CPD Conferences

Mon Nov 28 2011

The New South Wales Bar Association will hold five regional conferences throughout February and March 2012, 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:

Orange: Saturday, 18 February, Borrodell Vineyard Newcastle: Saturday, 25 February, Crowne Plaza North Coast: Saturday, 10 March, Ramada Hotel & Suites, Ballina Parramatta: Saturday, 17 March, Crowne Plaza Sydney: Saturday, 31 March, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Registration is now open and downloadable forms available through the attached link. Further information and final programs will be issued in future editions of In Brief and made available on the NSW Bar Association Website. Please contact Anna Hurtig (02 9229 1722 or if you have any questions regarding the conferences or your CPD requirements.

12 December 2011�

Law Council awards President's Medal

Mon Nov 28 2011

Debbie Mortimer SC, from the Victorian Bar,�won the annual Law Council of Australia President’s Medal last Friday night at a dinner reception held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Learn more>

28 November 2011

Law Council Executive for 2012

Mon Nov 28 2011

At its meeting on Saturday, 26 November, the following were elected to positions on the Law Council Executive: President: Cathy Gale (Law Institute of Victoria) President elect:� Jo Catanzariti (Law Society of NSW) Treasurer:� Michael Colbran QC (Victorian Bar) Executive members:�Duncan McConnell (NT Bar),�Leanne Topfer� (Tasmanian Law Society) and Stuart Westgarth�(Law Society of NSW)

28 November 2011

LCA welcomes family violence legislation

Fri Nov 25 2011

The Law Council of Australia's Family Law Section (FLS) welcomes the passage through the Australian Parliament of the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011. Learn more> 25 November 2011

Amendment to the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986

Fri Nov 25 2011

The Director of Public Prosecutions (Disclosures) Bill 2011 yesterday passed through both houses of the NSW Parliament. The object of this bill, as provided by the explanatory notes,�is to amend the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 to ensure that police officers investigating alleged indictable offences are not required to disclose to the DPP information, documents or other things obtained during the investigation that are the subject of a bona fide claim of privilege, public interest immunity or statutory immunity. In such a case, police officers will only have a duty to inform the DPP that they have obtained information, documents or other things of that kind. The Bill temporarily suspends the effect of the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeal in R v Lipton [2011] NSWCCA 247 to enable the continuation of the current practice while a review of the proper scope of the duty of disclosure is carried out. Accordingly, the amendment ceases to have effect on 1 January 2013.

25 November 2011

Appointment of Commonwealth senior counsel

Fri Nov 25 2011

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced the appointment of Mr James Faulkner PSM as a Commonwealth senior counsel. Mr Faulkner is the head of the Constitutional Policy Unit in the Attorney-General’s Department.

"This appointment is appropriate recognition of Mr Faulkner’s distinguished record of service as a senior legal adviser and his outstanding skills and expertise", said the attorney.

25 November 2011

Opposition to introduce asbestos compensation bill

Thu Nov 24 2011

The state opposition has announced that it will�introduce a Private Member's Bill to provide for the relatives of asbestos victims who die before their case is finalised to�receive part of the compensation the victim would have been awarded.

"The Benefits for Relatives of Asbestos Victims Bill implements the Law Reform Commission's recommendations to provide fairer compensation to asbestos victims and their families," Shadow Attorney General, Paul Lynch said today.

24 November 2011

Symposium on the military and the law

Thu Nov 24 2011

A symposium on historical connections between the legal profession and the Australian Defence Forces�is to be held at UTS, Sydney�on 24 March 2012 under the co-sponsorship of the university, the Bar Association and the Forbes Society. It is to be opened by Chief Justice Bathurst. The principal organisers of the symposium are Shaunnagh Dorsett of UTS and Tony Cunneen, a frequent Bar News contributor on the subject.

22�February 2012

TONIGHT: Working with Senior Counsel: How to be a good junior

Wed Nov 23 2011

This seminar will be Presented by Jonathan Simpkins SC and Tom Thawley and chaired by David Mackay. The speakers will cover how best to assist senior counsel in a range of areas. The seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee as part of its commitment to providing CPD seminars formembers of the junior Bar. However, other barristers are very welcome to attend. For full details, download a flyer.

23 November 2011

ALMA 2012 conference registration closes 30 November (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Nov 22 2011

It’s not too late to register for ALMA 2012 – Australasia Legal, Mediation & Arbitration.�ALMA 2012 has a fabulous program of international speakers and delegates also choose 2 specialist seminars, hosted by participating local Hong Kong law firm offices of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Dechert, Haldanes, Withers Worldwide, Minter Ellison, Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Ince & Co. Do not miss your chance to establish these important SE Asian contacts and expand your potential in this market. All details and registration on the� conference website.

22 November 2011

This Week in CPD

Mon Nov 21 2011

Wednesday, 23 November: Working with Senior Counsel: How to be a good junior This seminar will be Presented by Jonathan Simpkins SC and Tom Thawley and chaired by David Mackay. The speakers will cover how best to assist senior counsel in a range of areas. The seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee as part of its commitment to providing CPD seminars formembers of the junior Bar. However, other barristers are very welcome to attend. For full details, download a flyer.

21 November 2011

Bar Knit Group meets on 23 November

Mon Nov 21 2011

The next meeting of the Bar Knit Group will be held at the Bar Library on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 at 6.00pm. For those needing instructions on techniques, please see How to knit like an Icelandic man. Refreshments provided. Please bring your current projects or come prepared to knit squares or beanies for charity. Needles and wool will be provided for absolute beginners or those on the run. 21 November 2011

Law and justice advisors wanted in the Solomon Islands (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Nov 21 2011

World Wide Project Management Services has been contracted to assist the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) RAMSI Support Facility (SRSF) to recruit a number of law and justice adviser positions for commencement on 1 March 2012.�These positions have been advertised with terms of reference� on the SRSF website.�Applications close on 24 November 2011.

21 November 2011

Indigenous Pre-Law Visit 2011

Mon Nov 21 2011

Each year the bar hosts a visit from the students attending the Indigenous Pre-Law Course at UNSW. The visit provides an opportunity for the students to see first hand�the way the bar works and what barristers do. The visit will be on 14 December 2011, beginning with a group discussion�from 9:00am, followed by visits to chambers at 10.15am.�Please come along and provide�students with the inspiration to one day consider the bar as a serious career choice! Barristers will also have the opportunity of having the pleasure of taking a student back to chambers for a few hours. If you would like to participate, please contact Chris Ronalds SC on or 9229 7378. 9�December 2011

Positions vacant: crown prosecutors

Mon Nov 21 2011

Crown prosecutor (Sydney, Sydney West and Wagga Wagga) - five positions with an eligibility list to be created -�$251,590 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $16,235 per annum. Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb SC is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a crown prosecutor under the Crown Prosecutors Act 1986 for a fixed term that may be renewed.�Four positions will be based at Sydney or Sydney West and one position will be based at Wagga Wagga, with the successful applicant for that position being required to attend other regional courts as directed. An eligibility list will be created for future appointments.

Selection criteria: Interested persons must be Australian lawyers and must have experience as counsel in jury trials and/or appellate advocacy in criminal matters; extensive knowledge of NSW criminal laws, the rules of evidence and relevant Prosecution Guidelines and legal principles applicable to crown prosecutors and the relevant Rules of the NSW Bar Association.

Information packages: Ms Fiona Parsonage, (02) 9285 8888.

Inquiries: Mr Lloyd Babb, SC, director of public prosecutions, (02) 9285 8888.

Expressions of interest:

Expressions of interest in Word or PDF format addressing each of the selection criteria, specifying expressly if the applicant wishes to be considered for the position in Wagga Wagga, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online by 5 December 2011.

30�November 2011