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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 ronalds@fjc.net.au 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: www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/appointments

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

Funeral arrangements for Robert Hayes

Mon Nov 21 2011

A funeral will be held for Professor�Robert�Hayes on Friday, 25 November 2011 at 10.30am at St James Anglican Church, King Street. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Robert should be made to Sydney Neuro Oncology Group (SNOG) Royal North Shore Hospital.

21 November 2011

Victorian Bar officeholders for 2012

Fri Nov 18 2011

As a result of its recent elections, the offiebearers of the Victorian Bar for the coming year will be: Chairman: Melanie Sloss SC Snr Vice Chairman: Fiona McLeod SC Jnr Vice Chairman: Will Alstergren Treasurer: Jonathan Beech SC

21 November 2011

Out with SCAG in with SCLJ

Fri Nov 18 2011

SCAG and SLORC�might have been consigned to the dustbin for acronyms, but in�their place the inaugural meeting of the Standing Council on Law and Justice (SCLJ) was held�today, 18 November 2011, in Launceston. The Commonwealth, state and territory attorneys-general and the Commonwealth minister for home affairs and justice were in attendance. They issued the�following communique>

18 November 2011

Appointments to note

Fri Nov 18 2011

Peter Singleton has been appointed,�on a full-time basis, as commissioner of the�New South Wales Crime Commission, until 4 May 2012.

Keith Harold Alder has been appointed as a deputy director of public prosecutions for the period commencing on 21 November 2011 and expiring on 20 November 2018.

David Ulric Arnott SC has been appointed�as a deputy director of public prosecutions for the period commencing on 28 November 2011 and expiring on 27 November 2018.

18 November 2011

Amendments to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules

Fri Nov 18 2011

The Uniform Civil Procedure Rules (Amendment No 49) 2011 have been published on the NSW Legislation web site and thus have come into effect. The object of these Rules is to require a party who intends to tender an audio-visual recording at a hearing to allow the other parties an opportunity to inspect the recording and agree to its admission without proof at least 7 days before the commencement of the hearing (extending the current requirement relating to plans, photographs and models). However, photographs and audio-visual recordings that are made or obtained for the purpose of testing the credibility of a witness may be tendered despite this requirement if the court is satisfied that the party seeking to tender the evidence had a legitimate forensic purpose for not giving the other parties an opportunity to inspect the item.

18 November 2011

Legislation to note: amendment to the Supreme Court Rules

Fri Nov 18 2011

The Supreme Court Rule Committee has approved the Supreme Court Rules (Amendment No 418) 2011 (2011-589) — published on the NSW Legislation web site today, 18 November 2011.

The object of this Rule is to amend the Supreme Court Rules 1970:

(a) to insert a note that indicates the correct newly approved form for use in the publication of a notice of intended distribution under the Probate and Administration Act 1898, the Succession Act 2006 or Trustee Act 1925,

(b) to remove a reference to the form that, as a consequence of the approval of the new form for the publication of a notice of intended distribution, is redundant.

18 November 2011

Bar Association office bearers for 2012

Thu Nov 17 2011

At a Bar Council meeting on 17 November 2011, the following were elected as office bearers of the Bar Association for 2012:

President: Bernie Coles QC Senior Vice-President: Phillip Boulten SC Junior Vice-President: Jane Needham SC Treasurer: Ian Temby QC Honorary Secretary:� Anne Healey

17 November 2011

AG praises Judge John O'Meally AM RFD

Thu Nov 17 2011

Attorney General Greg Smith SC�has praised Australia’s longest serving judge, John O’Meally AM RFD, for his exceptional service to victims of asbestos-related diseases during his 32 years on the bench. Learn more >

17 November 2011

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NSW AG urges tighter procedures for name changes

Thu Nov 17 2011

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has called on other states and territories to back a 10-point plan�to prevent�criminals changing their names to avoid detection. The plan would include�a National Proof of Identity Framework and an electronic document verification system so registries that look after births deaths and marriages (BDMs) can verify people’s identity, and that they are not using illegal documents. Learn more>

17 November 2011

Temporary re-location of the Supreme Court

Thu Nov 17 2011

Court annexed mediations held at the Supreme Court are temporarily moving due to the refurbishment of the ADR facilities at the King Street Complex.�Beginning Monday, 28 November 2011 the new temporary location will be L15, St James Centre, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.�Mediation commencement times of 9.30am and 2.00pm remain. The final mediations at the King Street complex prior to the refurbishment will take place on Friday, 25 November 2011.

17 November 2011

TONIGHT: Sarah Keys Talks

Thu Nov 17 2011

Tonight's seminar, presented by Sarah Keys MVO, will focus on the effect of a sedentary life and its impact on the spine and what can be done to help. The seminar has been arranged by the Health Sport and Recreation Committee and will be chaired by Zali Steggall OAM. For full details, please download a flyer.

17 November 2011

Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment

Wed Nov 16 2011

The Australian Government has, under subsection 28(3) of the _Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 _approved, with effect on and from 1 December 2011:

16 November 2011