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Fabulous items up for auction at charity dinner

Thu Sep 08 2011

Luxury holiday accommodation in Fiji and New Zealand, as well as autographed jerseys from a variety sporting�champions are just some of the�enticing items up for auction�at the 2011 fundraising�dinner for the Martin Place homeless. The dinner will be held at the Pavilion in the Domain on Wednesday, 12 October. Entertainment on the evening will be provided by the blues band, BLUE GROOVE, featuring crown prosecutors Lou Lungo and Phil Hogan, with a special performance from the attorney general, the Hon Greg Smith SC MP.�Register�now to avoid disappointment.�All funds from the night will be donated to the Matthew Talbot Homeless Service, a special�project of�the St Vincent de Paul Society. Please download the RSVP and Payment Tracking Form (to assist when more than one payment is made on the same form) here.

10�October�2011

Chief Justice Bathurst announces review of the Costs Assessment Scheme

Thu Sep 08 2011

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst has announced a�comprehensive review of the Costs Assessment Scheme to examine whether it is achieving the aims of providing a just, quick and cheap resolution of costs disputes. Members�can direct their submissions to the Costs and Fees Committee, care of Megan Black, senior policy lawyer at the Bar Association.�Learn more>

16 September 2011

Expression of interest for chair and deputy chairs, health professional tribunals

Thu Sep 08 2011

The Health Professional Councils Authority is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as chairpersons and deputy chairpersons for the following health professional tribunals:

•�Dental Tribunal •�Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal •�Physiotherapy Tribunal •�Podiatry Tribunal •�Psychology Tribunal

Qualifications

Chairpersons and deputy chairpersons must be Australian lawyers of at least 7 years’ standing.�Given the nature of the role applicants will be expected to be senior practising members of the legal profession with substantial practical and procedural experience.� Applicants will also be expected to have substantial experience in administrative law, excellent communication skills and a capacity to produce clear and concise written decisions in a timely manner.� A commitment to public safety, social justice and cultural diversity is essential.� Experience as a tribunal member would be advantageous.

Remuneration: $1,210 per full sitting day.

Further inquiries: Iain Martin, Legal Director Health Professional Councils Authority on 9219 0203 or email imartin@hpca.nsw.gov.au.

Information packages available online at www.hpca.nsw.gov.au or Ms Annette Hennessy on 9219 0269

Expressions of Interest must be in writing, be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae setting out relevant experience, and include the names and contact details of at least two professional referees who may be contacted for further information about the applicant.� Applications should be addressed to Ms Annette Hennessy, Health Professional Councils Authority, Locked Bag 20, Haymarket 1238.� Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 30 September 2011.

8 September 2011

Appointments to note

Wed Sep 07 2011

His Honour Judge Walmsley SC�has been appointed as an acting judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 19 September 2011 and expiring on 16 December 2011. Magistrate Gordon Lerve has been appointed as an acting judge of the District Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 19 September 2011 and expiring on 16 December 2011.

7 September 2011

NSW Courts make arrangements for The Day of Chaos

Wed Sep 07 2011

Thursday, 8 September will be the "Day of Chaos"�- a reference to demonstrations against the O'Farrell government's public sector wages policy, rather than the latest failure of public infrastructure. In Brief has been advised that court reporters will join the industrial action and that as a consequence, a number of�state courts will adjourn at 12.00noon and resume at 2.00pm.

7 September 2011

Bar Library catalogue available online

Wed Sep 07 2011

The Bar library catalogue is now available on your desktop. To search for holdings, reserve and renew loan items: Go to http://library.nswbar.asn.au. Click on Catalogue to login. Your user�ID�is your�Bar Association member number and your password�is the first three letters of your surname and first letter of given name. For help using the catalogue, please consult Using the Bar Libray OPAC or contact the librarian.

7 September 2011

New facilities and programs in the 2011 NSW Budget

Tue Sep 06 2011

A�new Drug Court, new courthouses in Coffs Harbour and Armidale, as well as a raft of specialist drug rehabilitation, education and training programs for inmates are among the law and justice measures�featured in the O'Farrell government's first budget. Berrima, Parramatta and Kirkconnell correctional centres�will be closed and the inmates relocated to other facilities. Learn more>

6 September 2011

This Month in CPD

Tue Sep 06 2011

Please note the following CPD Seminars to be held during September. Further details on each are available through the NSW Bar Association Website.�

Monday, 12 September - New NSW Barristers' Rules (Parramatta) In conjunction with the New NSW Barristers' Rules coming into effect on the 8 August 2011, the NSW Bar Association is running a number of seminars to outline and discuss these new rules. Please note that this seminar will be held in Parramatta. Tuesday, 13 September - Accounting for Barristers: Saving for Income Tax and GST This seminar will be presented by Dennis Robertson of Weston, Woodley & Robertson Chartered Accountants and Consultants. The seminar will be conducted on the topic of saving for income tax & GST and cash forecasting.

Wednesday, 14 September & **Wednesday, 21 September **- Commercial Arbitration Act (2-Part Seminar) These Seminars have been arranged by the ADR Committee and are a repeat of the seminars by the same title conducted earlier in the year. In the two sessions, presenters Peter Callaghan SC and Ian Bailey SC will address the Commercial Arbitration Act 2010. These seminars have been designed for silks and those junior barristers who attended the 'Writing Arbitral Awards' Seminar in August and wish to be approved as arbitrators. However, other members are welcome to attend.

Monday, 19 September - Discussion Panel: Lists of the Supreme Court of NSW This CPD will address matters of practice, courtesy and rules associated with appearing in the equity, corporations, subpoena, common law and court of appeal lists. It will be a general discussion on the lists and how they run and the expectations of the court in respect of those who appear. The seminar has been arranged by the New Barristers Committee and will be of particular interest to membes of the junior bar. However, all members are welcome to attend.

6 September 2011

Positions vacant: deputy director of public prosecutions (two positions)

Tue Sep 06 2011

Attorney General�Greg Smith SC MP is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a deputy director of public prosecutions under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 for a fixed term that may be renewed. Interested persons must be Australian lawyers of at least five years’ standing. $331,690 per annum plus Conveyance Allowance of $19,800 per annum. Information packages: Ms Fiona Parsonage, (02) 9285 8888. Inquiries: Mr Lloyd Babb, SC, Director of Public Prosecutions, (02) 9285 8888. Expressions of interest: Applications in Word or PDF format, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online by 23 September 2011.

6 September 2011

TONIGHT: New NSW Barristers

Mon Sep 05 2011

In conjunction with the New NSW Barristers' Rules coming into effect on the 8 August 2011, the NSW Bar Association is running a number of seminars to outline and discuss these new rules. The seminars will all cover the same content but are repeated so as to maximize the opportunity for members to attend. For full details, follow the brochure link.

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PLEASE NOTE Tonight's CPD will be held at the Matt Laffan Training Centre (Level 19, 175 Liverpool Street).

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5 September 2011

2011 Fundraising Dinner for the Martin Place Homeless

Mon Sep 05 2011

For 364 nights per year, volunteers provide an evening meal in Martin Place and the surrounding areas for approximately 175 people. Many of these groups are under-funded and are often not able to provide nutritious meals. The president invites members and their guests to attend a fundraising dinner on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 to help those in need. The dinner will take place at the Pavilion in the Domain and will include anecdotes from Garry McGrath SC. All money raised on the night will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

There are limited tables available with seating up to 12 guests. Tickets are $170 per person (over 5s) and $150 (under 5s).

RSVP by Wednesday, 28 September to secure your place at this years’ fundraising dinner.

For more information, please contact Katie Hall, Events Manager on phone (02)�9229 1720 or e-mail khall@nswbar.asn.au

5 September 2011

Charity Fundraiser Criminal CPD Conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Sep 05 2011

Members are reminded that the "Reasonable Cause" criminal CPD charity fundraiser will be held on 17-18 September 2011. Booking and payment must be received no later than close of business this Wednesday, 7 September 2011. Payments may be made online by clicking here.

5�September 2011

Children's Court practice notes 5 and 6

Mon Sep 05 2011

Children's Court Practice Notes 5 and 6�regarding various aspects of case management in care proceedings, such as clinic assessment applications and attendance of authorised clinicians,�were�gazetted on Friday, 2 September�and commenced today, 5 September 2011.

5 September 2011

David Patten to lead inquiry into the NSW Crime Commission

Fri Sep 02 2011

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher has today announced the appointment of David Patten to lead the Special Commission of Inquiry into the NSW Crime Commission. Mr Patten is currently a deputy president of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, and�in 2008-2009 he conducted the inquiry into the conviction of Phuong Ngo for the murder of Cabramatta MP, Mr John Newman. Learn more>

2 September 2011

High Court needs a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T, say peak legal bodies

Fri Sep 02 2011

The Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia have urged commentators to�respect�the High Court's decision to grant a permanent injunction against the Australian Government transferring asylum seekers to Malaysia.�ABA President Michael Stewart SC�said: "Disappointed litigants must not attack the court just because their arguments have been rejected by it...It is especially important for the comment to be fair when made by someone as influential as the prime minister."

LCA President�Alexander Ward�said:�"the High Court decision did not depart from any previous binding authority on the interpretation of the provision of the Migration Act relating to the declaration of a country to which offshore entry asylum seekers could be taken". View the Law Council's media release>

2 September 2011

Web watch: bar history projects available online

Thu Sep 01 2011

The Bar Association and the Women Barristers Forum have completed two important history projects. The Bar Oral History Project brings together recordings of anecdotes from a number of retired and practising counsel, such as Chester Porter QC, Ian Barker QC and the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO. Meanwhile, the WBF has produced a multimedia presentation about the pioneering women at the New South Wales Bar. Both projects are accessible from the Bar Association's web site>

1 September 2011

Embarking upon a convention case - a dinner seminar with the Hon Justice Allsop

Thu Sep 01 2011

Members are invited to an exclusive dinner seminar�at which the Hon Justice James Allsop, president of the NSW Court of Appeal, will address the issues to be considered in the preparation and presentation of claims involving international conventions. Please join the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) for this Seminar over Dinner at Number One Wine Bar & Bistro (1 Alfred Street, Circular Quay) on Thursday, 6 October 2011 @ 6:15pm.

RSVP by Friday, 30 September 2011 to eyilmaz@rgslaw.com.au or ph: (02) 9264 4244 - cost including dinner and drinks - members $120 (incl GST) - non-members $160 (incl GST) which also includes membership to the association for one year.

15 September 2011

New administrative arrangements for ordering and collection of transcript for Supreme Court of New South Wales cases

Wed Aug 31 2011

From Monday 5 September 2011, there will be new administrative arrangements in place for the ordering and collection of transcripts for cases listed in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. These new arrangements will streamline the ordering process and reduce delays in the receipt of transcript. The new procedures will be as follows:

1.������� Parties or their legal representatives seeking to obtain transcript must complete a Transcript Order Form. This form is available on the Supreme Court website or from the Court Reporter (in court).

2.������� The completed form is to be forwarded to the Reporting Services Branch (RSB) by one of the following methods:

��� * Email: rsb_transcript_sales@agd.nsw.gov.au ��� * Fax: (02) 8688 9671, or ��� * By Hand: To the Court Reporter in court (Note: daily transcripts only).

3.������� To enquire as to the progress of any transcript order, please call (02) 8238 9273.

4.������� Delivery of your transcript order will be via email or by post (an MS Word document on a CD-ROM).

If you have any questions about these new arrangements, please contact Lorraine Peterson (Client Services Manager, Reporting Services Branch) on 8238 9273 or Mark Lacey (Manager, Client Services, Supreme Court of New South Wales) on 1300 679 272 or via email at supreme_court@agd.nsw.gov.au.

31 August 2011

Changes in arrangements for the Supreme Court arraignments list

Wed Aug 31 2011

The Supreme Court has advised that , from 2 September 2011, the Supreme Court Arraignments List conducted by The Honourable Justice Latham will be heard at Central Court, Court 2, 98 Liverpool Street, Sydney.

The change in location is temporary. It results from a temporary loss of available court rooms while renovations are being undertaken in the Law Courts Building.��

Members will be advised of further developments in In-Brief.

31 August 2011

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Cases selected for reporting in NSWLR by the editor, Bret Walker SC

Wed Aug 31 2011

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Bechara v Legal Services Commissioner [2010] NSWCA 369 Hancock v East Coast Timber Products Pty Ltd [2011] NSWCA 11 Preston v Commissioner for Fair Trading [2011] NSWCA 40

Maricic v The Registrar, Workers Compensation Commission [2011] NSWCA 42 Durham v Durham and Ors [2011] NSWCA 62

For further information, please contact the Council of Law Reporting office: office@nswlr.com.au, phone 9266 0768.

31 August 2011