Bar Association releases its Reconciliation Action Plan

Thu Dec 20 2012

The Bar Association has released its first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will commence on 1 January 2013. The association is deeply concerned about the under-representation of Indigenous Australians practising at the NSW Bar and seeks a legal profession in NSW that demonstrates equality and an absence of any discrimination and reflects the cultural and racial diversity of the general NSW community. Learn more>

20 December 2012

World Congress on Family Law and Children

Wed Dec 19 2012

The World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights will be convened for the sixth time in Sydney Australia between 17 and 20 March 2013. The Congress is a major international human rights event focussing on children and on family law. It examines the responses of states and individuals to the needs of children for their protection and the advancement of their rights recognised in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and given effect to in metropolitan and international law and practice. It seeks out solutions to the problems for children found in the abrogation of those rights.

1 March 2013

Reminder - Opening of Law Term religious services

Mon Dec 17 2012

The following religious services will be held to mark the beginning of the 2013 Law Term.

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Cnr Marist Place and Victoria Road, Parramatta at 9.30am on Friday, 1 February.

The Great Synagogue Service and Dinner, 5.30pm, Friday 1 February.

Islamic Mosque Service at the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, 6pm, Thursday 7 February.

Ecumenical Service Newcastle at 9.30am on Wednesday 30 January at Christ Church Cathedral.

There will be no Pan-Orthodox Church Service in 2013.

29 January 2013

ABA Silks Dinner in the High Court, Canberra

Mon Dec 17 2012

The Australian Bar Association will hold its annual dinner on the night of the new silks taking their bows in the High Court. It will be held in the Great Hall of the High Court in Canberra on Monday, 4 February 2013 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. All barristers (not just the new silks) and their partners are invited to attend. Dress will be black tie and the cost will be $155.00 per person (including GST). Counsel or judges who wish to attend the dinner should complete the registration form and forward it, together with the appropriate payment, by Friday, 18 January 2013.

17 December 2012

Appointment to note: Tax Practitioners Board

Mon Dec 17 2012

Peter Whitford SC, of Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers, has been appointed as a part-time member of the Tax Practitioners Board. The appointment will be for a three-year period and will start on 22 January 2013.

17 December 2012

NSW Law Reports

Mon Dec 17 2012

NSWLR Volume 81, Part 1 is now available to online and print subscribers. For a list of cases in the part, and other NSWLR parts and volumes, go to

17 December 2012

Vale Simon Ioannou (1946 -2012)

Mon Dec 17 2012

Simon Ioannou, former barrister at Frederick Jordan Chambers, died on 15 Dcecember. The funeral service will be held at St Francis of Assisi Church, 463 Oxford Street Paddington, at 10.30 am this Friday, 21 December.

17 December 2012

Anglican Law Term Church Service

Thu Dec 13 2012

The Most Reverend Dr Peter Jensen, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, and the Reverend Andrew Sempell, Rector of St James, invite members of the judiciary, bar and legal profession to attend the 2013 Law Term Church Service at St James’ Anglican Church, 3 King Street, on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 commencing at 10.30am.

13 December 2012

Changes to family law fees

Wed Dec 12 2012

The Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012 (Cth) will introduce, on 1 January 2013, a single legislative instrument for fees for all courts exercising family law jurisdiction. This will see a variety of new fees introduced in the courts as well as changes to existing fees.

Key changes to family law fees

•*Removal of the reduced fee of $60 and the re-introduction of a full fee exemption (financial hardship) for eligible persons except in respect of divorce application where eligible persons will still be required to a reduced fee of $265.

• New fee of $350 for a conciliation conference (other than for those referred privately which will not attract a fee)

• A higher fee of $500 for those seeking both children and property orders

• New fee of $105 for filing of an interim order (this does not include procedural orders)

• A new fee of $50 for issuing a subpoena

• General increase to existing fees by approximately 20%

• Removal of refund for setting down fee - no longer refundable (this fee is equivalent to the fee for the first day of hearing).

The following matters do NOT attract a fee

• An application to set aside or object to the release / copying of subpoenaed material

• Child support applications

The following family law forms and publications will change as a result:

• Application for exemption from fees - general • Application for exemption from fees - financial hardship • Application for reduction of payment of divorce - general • Application for reduction of payment of divorce - financial hardship • Guidelines for reduced fee - divorce application • Worksheet for assessment of financial hardship • Payment of court fees - request for deferral • Notice of decision for deferral of court fees • Payment of court fees - request for a refund • Guidelines for exemption of court fees • Notice of decision for reduction/exemption of court fee on the basis of financial hardship • Subpoena fact sheet • Conciliation conference fact sheet • Applying to the court for orders • Appeal procedures - single judge • Appeal procedures - full court

The updated products will be released just prior to the Christmas break.

View the regulation and explanatory statement can be viewed at

The updated family law fees brochure can be viewed at:

12 December 2012

Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court Regulation 2012

Wed Dec 12 2012

The legislative instrument Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court Regulation 2012 was registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on 11 December 2012. The regulation will start on 1 January 2013 and repeal the Federal Court of Australia Regulations 2004 (the old regulations).

A copy of the regulation (SLI 2012 No. 280) is now available from the ComLaw site. An announcement providing an overview of the fee changes has been placed on the court’s website and more detailed information will follow.

The old regulations as in force before 1 January 2013 will continue to apply to: • a setting-down fee requested before 1 January 2013 if that fee was not paid before that date; and • any fee for a service requested under the old Regulations before 1 January 2013.

New fees apply to any document filed or any service requested on or after 1 January 2013.

12 December 2012

The Great Bar Boat Race - entries close TOMORROW!!

Wed Dec 12 2012

This is your last chance to register for the triumphant return of the GREAT BAR BOAT RACE, taking place on Monday, 17 December 2012. Skippers will be emailed sailing instructions by Friday this week. Please download a flyer and registration form and enter this magnificent event! If racers would like to purchase a pennant for their boat, the association has some available at reception for $30. For more information, call Joss Separovic on 9229-1760.


The Bar Association’s current insurance policy does not cover this activity. It is a strict condition of entry that all skippers have arranged appropriate third party, property and personal injury insurance, to cover themselves, their crew and their guests for the duration of the event.


All participants are required to sign the indemnity incorporated into the registration form to compete in the race.

12 December 2012

Perram J appointed to the ALRC

Wed Dec 12 2012

The Hon Justice Nye Perram, of the Federal Court, has been appointed as standing part-time commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission. Learn more >

12 December 2012

Bromwich SC appointed Commonwealth DPP

Wed Dec 12 2012

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon today announced the appointment of Mr Robert Bromwich SC as Australia's next Commonwealth DPP. Mr Bromwich will be Australia's 7th Commonwealth director of public prosecutions. Learn more >

12 December 2012

First meeting of the Bar Book Club in 2013

Wed Dec 12 2012

The first book for the new year is JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 in the Bar Library at 6.00pm.

6 February�2013

Reminder: swearing-in for Murray Aldridge SC

Tue Dec 11 2012

Murray Aldridge SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the Family Court of Australia at at 9.30am on Thursday, 13 December in the Sydney Registry (Full Court Room). Jane Needham SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar Association. Robes, but not wigs, are to be worn.

11 December 2012

Tonight: Sentencing

Tue Dec 11 2012

Tonight at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room, a seminar on Sentencing will be presented by April Francis and chaired by Jane Paingakulam.

The seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Commitee and will be of particular interest to the junior bar. However, all members are welcome to attend.

11 December 2012

Tonight: Colonization, Culture, Continuity: The Role of Law

Mon Dec 10 2012

Tonight, the key note address for the Australia New Zealand Legal History Conference will be presented in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. The seminar will be presented by Professor Philip Girard and hosted by The Honourable Justice Bergin, Chief Judge in Equity.

Philip Girard is Professor of Law, History and Canadian Studies and University Research Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada.

The seminar is open to all members of the bar. PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT STARTS AT 5.45PM. Learn more.

10 December 2012

Aldridge SC appointed to the Family Court

Fri Dec 07 2012

Murray Aldridge SC, of Frederick Jordan Chambers, is one of three new appointees to the Family Court of Australia, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced today. “All three appointees bring rich and diverse backgrounds in the law to the court, and their experience will be a great asset to the bench", the attorney said. Mr Aldridge will be sworn-in at the Sydney Registry (Full Court Room) at 9.30am on Thursday, 13 December. Jane Needham SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales and Australian Bar Associations.

The other appointees are Peter Tree SC, who will be appointed to the Townsville Registry and Jenny Hogan SC, who will be appointed to the Brisbane Registry. Both appointments will take effect from 14 January 2013.

7 December 2012

Supreme Court Rules and UCPR

Fri Dec 07 2012

At meetings of the Supreme Court Rules Committee and of the Uniform Rules Committee on 3 December 2012 the following amendments were made to the Supreme Court Rules and the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules.

Supreme Court Rules amendment

This amendment deletes various obsolete and redundant forms in Schedule F of the Supreme Court Rules. It commenced today, Friday, 7 December 2012.

Supreme Court Rules amendment

This amendment replaces Part 78 of the Supreme Court Rules (Probate and Administration). The current probate forms are repealed. This amendment includes provision for publishing notices of intention to apply for probate, administration or reseal on the NSW Online Registry website. This amendment will commence on Monday 21 January 2013.

Uniform Civil Procedure Rules amendment

This amendment to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules includes changes consequential to the amendments to SCR Part 78. This amendment will commence on Monday 21 January 2013.

The Uniform Rules Committee also approved new probate forms that will take effect from Monday 21 January 2013. These forms will be published on the UCPR website in the next couple of weeks.

7 December 2012