Allsop P to deliver the Annual International Law Association Address

Thu Dec 08 2011

The Honourable Justice James Allsop, president of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, will deliver the Annual International Law Association Address, "Regional dispute resolution structures: Is there a trend towards alternative dispute resolution?

Where: Offices of Marque Lawyers, Level 4, 343 George Street Sydney NSW 2000 When:� 8 December 2011 5:30 PM

Cost of attendance will be:

$20 (International Law Association Members) $10 (Students) $25 (Guests)

Registration Register and pay online here or pay by cheque by sending cheques to Nicholas Rudd at Clayton Utz, Level 15, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

8 December 2011

Appointments to note

Thu Dec 08 2011

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has announced�four new judicial appointments.

The�Honourable Justice Barrett has been appointed as a judge of appeal, effective 25 January 2012.

Geoffrey�Bellew SC has been appointed�as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, effective�31 January 2012.

James Stevenson SC has been appointed�as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales,�effective 1 February 2012.

Susan Therese O'Neill has been appointed as a full-time commissioner of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 30 January 2012 and expiring on 29 January 2019.

View the attorney general's media release >

8 December 2011

Refurbishment of Queens Square Law Courts Building

Wed Dec 07 2011

The refurbishment of the ground floor lobby in the Queens Square Law Courts Building is progressing on schedule.�Access to Level 4 (Supreme Court Criminal Registry) is now by lift only. Extensive construction work is occurring in the near vicinity and a temporary counter is in place. Completion of the entire refurbished lobby is expected on 23 January 2012, with all public access from Queens Square. A formal official opening ceremony is planned for 31 January 2012. For further information, contact the building manager, Stephen Lawes on ph: (02) 9230 8015.

7 December 2011

TONIGHT: Comparative Constitutional Law - Final Courts Round-up 2011

Wed Dec 07 2011

This seminar will provide an outline of recent constitutional developments in three jurisdictions – the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada – that are of key interest to Australian constitutional lawyers.� Experts from each jurisdiction will report on two or three major constitutional cases argued or decided over the last year; changes in the composition and politics of each country’s highest court; and flag the state of debate over constitutional reform. Together, the panellists will also discuss the potential relevance of these comparative developments for current issues in Australian constitutional law.

The seminar is a public event - Jointly organised by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law (UNSW) and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL).

Speakers: Professor Andrew Geddis (University of Otago) Professor Tom Poole (London School of Economics) Assistant Professor Yasmin Dawood (University of Toronto)

Chair: Assistant Professor Rosalind Dixon (UNSW/University of Chicago)

Date:��� 13 December 2011, 5:30 pm Place:�� Court 18B, Federal Court of Australia (Queens Square, Sydney)

9�December 2011

ALPHA Christmas drinks

Tue Dec 06 2011

Members are invited�to attend the Australian Lawyers Phil-Hellenic Association Christmas drinks at the common room of Edmund Barton Chambers, Level 44 MLC Centre Sydney on Thursday, 8 December 2011 at 6pm. ALPHA is a recently formed, not-for-profit organization. The members of ALPHA are practising lawyers who are Greek, or who have one or both parents that are Greek, or who are married to a Greek and appreciate Greek tradition and history. RSVP via their new web site:

6 December 2011

The Great Bar Boat Race

Tue Dec 06 2011

In�Brief has been�advised that, due to a�variety of factors, the Great Bar Boat Race will not be taking place this year.�However, it has been suggested by those involved in the past that�participants�who might still�be interested should assemble on the day with their boats on Monday, 19 December 2011 at�11:00 am off Shark Island.�Together (or separately)�they can sail�the traditional course (without in any way limiting those who�wish to find a different course)�to Store Beach. It is hoped that�the race will return in 2012.� 6 December 2011

Appointments to note: David Re

Mon Dec 05 2011

In September 2011 barrister David Re took up an appointment as a Trial Chamber judge at the�Special Tribunal for Lebanon, based in The Hague. The STL's�primary mandate is to hold trials for the people accused of carrying out the attack of 14 February 2005 which killed 23 people, including the former prime minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and injured many others.

5 December 2011

Papers to note: new Supreme Court practice note

Mon Dec 05 2011

The Chief Justice T F Bathurst�issued Practice Note SC GEN 18 on 1 December 2011. It takes effect on 3 January 2012.�It details procedure in relation to subpoenas and the production of subpoenaed material. The practice note also deals with the procedure for the return of subpoenaed material and exhibits at the determination of the proceedings, and informs parties of the court's preferred practice in relation to the format of documents being produced, including electronic format.

5 December 2011

The public defenders have moved

Mon Dec 05 2011

Public Defenders Chambers has moved to 23/1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst,�NSW 2010, DX 11545 Sydney Downtown. Telephone: 9268 3111, Fax: 9268 3168.

23 January�2012

Vale Mahla Pearlman AO (1937-2011)

Fri Dec 02 2011

The Hon Mahla Pearlman AO, first female president of the Law Society of NSW�and chief judge of the Land and Environment Court from 1992 until 2003, died this morning. A funeral will be held this Sunday, 4 December 2011 at 10.30am at the Sydney Chevra Kadisha, 172 Oxford Street, Woollahra.

2 December 2012

Bar Association office closure during Christmas holiday season

Thu Dec 01 2011

The Bar Association office will close for the Christmas holiday season at 12.00 noon tomorrow, Friday, 21 December 2012. The association will re-open for business on Wednesday, 2 January 2013. Office hours will be 9.00am to 5.00pm between Wednesday, 2 January and Friday, 25 January. Normal hours of operation (8.00am to 6.00pm) will resume on Tuesday, 29 January 2013.

20 December 2012

Further Dates for your Diary: NSW Bar Association 2012 Personal Injury Conference

Thu Dec 01 2011

The 2012 Personal Injury Conference will be held at the Westin Hotel, Sydney on 3 March 2012. Speakers include The Honourable Justice Peter Garling RFD, Barry Toomey QC and Andrew Morrison RFD SC.

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.

12 December 2012

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