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Fri Oct 28 2011

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue�60 is�now available, and features articles on approved case manager Q&A forums, guidelines for the prescription of a wheelchair or scooter, PCANS training and workshops on assessing care needs.

28 October 2011

DDT courts have relocated

Fri Oct 28 2011

Beginning�today,�7 November 2011, the Dust Diseases Tribunal courts, previously located on Level 4 of the John Maddison Tower have relocated to Level 11 and 12, of the John Maddison Tower, 88 Goulburn Street. The tribunal registry remains located on Level 12 of the John Maddison Tower. All contact numbers remain the same.

7 November 2011

Retirement ceremony for the president of the DDT

Fri Oct 28 2011

A�retirement ceremony will be held for His Honour President Judge JL O'Meally AM RFD of the Dust Diseases Tribunal�on Thursday, 17 November 2011 at 9.30AM in Court 21A, John Maddison Tower, Level 21, 88 Goulburn Street. Bernie Coles QC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. It is requested that senior counsel wear full-bottomed wigs.�The ceremony will be followed by a morning tea.

28 October 2011

Web watch: NSW Court of Appeal web page

Fri Oct 28 2011

The web�site of the New South Wales Court of Appeal�features case summaries of its decisions and those of interest from other Australian intermediate appellate courts and the international jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States.

The webpage also provides an annotated Civil Liability Act to assist judges and practitioners on jurisprudence of the court for this Act and a statutory appeals webpage which sets out relevant statutory appeal provisions and decisions of the court that discuss the provisions.

In addition, the webpage includes information on decisions reserved in the Court of Appeal and the status of NSW Court of Appeal decisions in the High Court.

28 October 2011

The Fractured Constitutional Basis of Environmental Regulation

Fri Oct 28 2011

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law invites members to a seminar on "The Fractured Constitutional Basis of Environmental Regulation" on Monday, 31 October 2011 at 5.30pm. Papers to be presented by Dr Melissa Perry QC (Barrister, Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers) and Mr Jonathon Redwood (Barrister, Banco Chambers).

Australian environmental law is characterised by a complex jurisdictional patchwork which is largely the product of our constitutional system. Melissa Perry will consider the particular challenges posed by federalism for the regulation of environmental impacts and their causes. She will examine constitutional mechanisms that might improve the consistency of environmental outcomes and assist in meeting the challenges posed by climate change.

Jonathon Redwood will focus on the problems posed by the subordinate, but nevertheless vague, status of local government in the Australian constitutional framework. This status inhibits local government in legislating with respect to environmental matters, leaving it to administer often contradictory and complex state and federal environmental law and policy with limited resources.

The Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC� (chairperson) Mr Allan Hawke AC� (first commentator) Ms Susan Shearing (University of Sydney, second commentator)

Time: 5:30 pm on Monday 31 October 2011 Place:� Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square, Sydney, Court 18B.

The event is for members only. But membership is only $50 per annum and members can join at the door. Membership confers the right to attend 4-5 seminars a year and receive updates on constitutional law developments in Australian and overseas. For more information, go to: http://www.aacl.asn.au/

31�October 2011

Nygh Hague Conference Internship

Thu Oct 27 2011

The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the International Law Association (Australian Branch) call for applications for the 2012 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship. 2012 marks the sixth year that the Nygh Internship will be awarded. Each year, the internship provides a student, graduate or post graduate with the rare opportunity to travel to The Hague in the Netherlands and work in the area of Private International Law. Successful applicants receive a contribution towards their living expenses for the duration of the internship. Prospective applicants should visit the AIIA's website at www.aiia.asn.au or email Coleen Fernandez.�Learn more>

27 October 2011

Back to the Future: Bill Grant the new CEO of Legal Aid NSW

Thu Oct 27 2011

Attorney General Greg Smith SC today announced the appointment of Bill Grant OAM as chief executive officer of Legal Aid NSW. Mr Grant served as head of Legal Aid from 2001 to 2007. For the past four years, he has been the secretary-general of the Law Council of Australia. Learn more>

27 October 2011

Appointments to note: acting public defenders

Thu Oct 27 2011

Ian Hunter Nash and Richard John Wilson have been appointed as acting public defenders for the period commencing on 23 January 2012 and expiring on 22 January 2013.

27 October 2011

Attorney General announces new Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid NSW

Wed Oct 26 2011

The Attorney General, Greg Smith SC, today announced the appointment of Bill Grant OAM as the new Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid NSW. Mr Grant has served for the last four years as Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia, and previously held the Chief Executive Officer's position at Legal Aid NSW from 2001-2007. Read more

26 October 2011

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Bar Association shares the podium at the Justice Awards

Tue Oct 25 2011

Contributions�from members of the�bar, through the�Bar Association's Legal Assistance Referral Scheme, received due recognition�at�the Law and Justice Foundation's annual��Justice Awards, which�were held last night at the Strangers' Dining Room in Parliament House.�The Bar Association was joint winner of the Pro Bono Partnership award for the Sexual Assault Communications Privilege Pro Bono Scheme,�together with the Women's Legal Service, Freehills, Clayton Utz, Blake Dawson and the ODPP.

The Pro Bono Partnership Award is sponsored by the National Pro Bono Resource Centre. It is presented to a partnership comprising a private law firm, community organisation and/or community legal centre in NSW which has developed an outstanding pro bono legal assistance relationship, resulting in improved access to justice for disadvantaged people in the community.

25 October 2011

Positions vacant: District Court judge

Tue Oct 25 2011

Attorney General�Greg Smith SC�is seeking expressions of interest from, or nominations of, persons qualified for appointment as a judge of the District Court of NSW under the District Court Act 1973.�Interested or nominated persons must be either current or former judicial officers or Australian lawyers of at least seven years’ standing and should be conversant with the law and procedures applied in the District Court of NSW. In addition, all persons expressing an interest or nominating another person should refer to the selection criteria and guidance.

Enquiries:�the Honourable Justice R O Blanch AM, chief judge, District Court of NSW, (02) 9377 5821, or Mr Laurie Glanfield, director general, Department of Attorney General and Justice, (02) 8688 7313.

Expressions of interest: Expressions of interest in Word or PDF format addressing each of the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, and a response to each pre-screening question, must be completed online by 11 November 2011.

It will be necessary for previous applicants to submit a fresh expression of interest if they still seek such appointment.

2 November 2011

End of year Bar Library notice

Tue Oct 25 2011

The Bar Library will be closed from 12 pm Friday, 23 December 2011 to Friday, 13 January 2012. It will be open from 10am to 4pm between Monday, 16 January 2012 and Friday 27 January 2012. Normal opening hours will resume from Monday, 30 January 2012.

22�December 2011

An important notice about the Bar Council election ballot papers

Tue Oct 25 2011

It has come to the Bar Association's attention that a batch of ballot papers for the upcoming Bar Council election has an incorrect�return-addressed envelope (Cosmos Magazine Subscription Department) despatched by the mailing house. Please�discard this envelope.�A new, correctly addressed�envelope will be sent to you.�The Bar Association apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

All members who intend to vote are reminded�to�print their�name and�signature on�the back of the envelope.

25 October 2011

Mediator chat at the Martin Place Bar

Mon Oct 24 2011

The Mediation Practice Group, a sub-committee of the Bar Association's ADR Committee invites you to their inaugural 'mediator chat' and twilight drinks on tonight from 5.30pm to 7pm at Martin Place Bar. All welcome.

9 November�2011

Bar Council ballot papers are in the mail

Mon Oct 24 2011

Ballot papers for the election of the 2012 Bar Council have been mailed to all those eligible to vote. Any member who has not received their ballot paper by COB Friday, 28 October and who wishes to cast a vote should contact the Association’s Certification Officer, Mr�Barrie Anthony, on ph. 9232 4055 or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au

Learn more>

24 October 2011

NSW Government introduces amendment to sentencing procedure

Fri Oct 21 2011

The O'Farrell government has introduced into the Legislative Council the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Children in Vehicles) Bill 2011 to make the presence of children an�exacerbating factor during the sentencing of drivers for a number of serious traffic offences. The opposition has criticised the bill as "tinkering" and pointed to the fact that judges already take such factors into consideration. Notwithstanding this critique, Labor will not oppose the bill. View the minister's second reading speech>

21 October 2011

ALMA 2012 conference registration closing soon (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Oct 21 2011

ALMA 2012 – the 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 - do not miss your opportunity to meet these important representatives in the SE Asian market.

The event has been designed to educate on capturing opportunities in the region and provides the framework for delegates to maximise their network while obtaining significant local connections.�The conference is achieving strong international interest and registrations will close first week of November or earlier if sold out prior.

Registration is available online�For further information, contact Alexandra Lyus, Director, On Q Event Management Pty Ltd via email or on mob: 0403 227 001

21 October 2011

Lord Howe Legal Conference – March/April 2012 (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Oct 21 2011

Learned Friends Professional Education is holding a conference on Lord Howe Island from 31 March to 6 April 2012.��We hope you can join us!�Speakers include Judge Helen Murrell of the District Court, Federal Magistrate Rolf Driver, Mark Robinson SC and Peter Gray SC. As this is a popular time of year on Lord Howe Island accommodation and flights should be booked well in advance.� Learned Friends are holding some accommodation reservations.�For more information about the conference programme and/or how to arrange accommodation and flights please email admin@learnedfriends.com.au

6 February�2012

Implementing national work health and safety laws

Thu Oct 20 2011

Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce and Attorney General Greg Smith SC have announced the next phase in national work health and safety laws, which involves transitioning work health and safety prosecutions from the Industrial Court to the District Court and Local Court. Learn more>

20 October 2011

2012 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Thu Oct 20 2011

A�major conference on constitutional law, the eleventh in a series, will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday, 17 February 2012. The event is organised by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law with the support of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. The conference will focus on developments in the High Court and other Australian courts in 2011 and beyond. The conference will be followed by dinner at NSW Parliament House hosted by New South Wales Attorney General Greg Smith SC. The guest speaker at the dinner will be the Hon James Spigelman AC QC.� The full program for the conference may be accessed here >

20 October 2011

Islamic Influences on International Arbitration (ADVERTISEMENT)

Thu Oct 20 2011

Members�are invited to attend the 10th annual Clayton Utz International Arbitration lecture, to be held in the Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court, Queens Square on Tuesday, 8 November 2011. The title of the lecture will be "Islamic Influences on International Arbitration" and will be presented by Essam Al Tamimi, a renowned international arbitrator. Essam Al Tamimi will focus on: the�scope for Sharia in international arbitration;�the extent�to which�Sharia is applicable to international arbitration, either directly or through modern laws; and whether�Sharia can�be considered as equivalent to the equitable law and the general rules of law and justice that are often applied by arbitrators in international arbitration. Learn more>

20 October 2011