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ABA Silks Dinner in the High Court, Canberra - RSVP by 17 January

Thu Nov 28 2013

The Australian Bar Association will hold its annual dinner on the night of the new silks taking their bows in the High Court. The dinner will be held in the Great Hall of the High Court in Canberra on Monday, 3 February 2014 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. All judges and barristers, not just the new silks, and their partners are invited to attend. Dress for the evening is formal and the cost for the dinner is $200 per person (including GST). Members of the judiciary and friends of counsel who wish to attend the dinner should complete the RSVP form and forward it, together with the appropriate payment, by Friday, 17 January 2014.

14 January 2014

This week in CPD: NCAT

Thu Nov 28 2013

On Wednesday, 4 December, Mark Robinson SC will present a seminar on The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal, due to commence operation in 2014. The Honourable Justice Robertson Wright, President of the New South Wales Civil and Admistrative Tribunal, will chair the seminar.

This seminar has been organised in conjunction with Thomson Reuters. For full details, please download a flyer here.

2 December 2013

Chess Terrey Shaw Memorial Shield 2013

Thu Nov 28 2013

On Thursday, 14 November 2013 the annual Bench and Bar v Solicitors chess tournament took place, hosted by Allens. On this occasion the solicitors team was successful but there were a number of very closely fought matches and the result was in the balance right to the end. There have been four draws in the 21 years and the overall score now stands 11 – 10 in favour of the Bench and Bar. For the 21st time the players were privileged to have International Arbiter Morris Needleman preside. Tim Reilly's win on board one for the Bench and Bar was in the opinion of the captain, Rob Colquhoun, the best played game.

28 November 2013

NCAT launch in 2014

Wed Nov 27 2013

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) will begin operating on 1 January 2014 as the "new one-stop-shop for specialist tribunal services in NSW". NCAT has published a flyer to inform the public and the legal profession.

27 November 2013

Developments in relation to admiralty or maritime disputes

Wed Nov 27 2013

The Federal Court of Australia has opened a US currency account with Westpac Bank as a litigants’ fund under Division 2.5 of the Federal Court Rules. The court has also entered into an MOU with Customs, which will provide assistance with the arrest of ships under the Admiralty Act 1988 (Cth). Learn more here.

27 November 2013

Vale Jackie Moser

Tue Nov 26 2013

Jackie Moser, former clerk of Second Floor Selborne Chambers, died this morning. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

26 November 2013

TONIGHT: Dealing with In-House Counsel

Tue Nov 26 2013

Wednesday, 27 November. Panel featuring Alexandra Rose (Benevolent Society), Ian Hemmings SC and Nick Tiffen and discussion led by Richard McHugh SC. For full details, please click here.

27 November 2013

Registering on Biometrics

Tue Nov 26 2013

Beginning December 2013 legal practitioners will be required to register on the Biometrics system to gain access to a correctional centre fitted with this equipment. Registration is open today and on Thursday, 28 November 2013. Learn more here.

26 November 2013

Electronic court files in the Federal Court

Mon Nov 25 2013

The Federal Court of Australia will transition to electronic court files within the next 18 months. By the end of 2014, the court will no longer create a paper file for each proceeding started. This transition aligns with the objectives of the court’s long established eServices strategy.

The court’s transition from paper to electronic file is in response to a steadily increasing use of electronic documents by practitioners and developments in technology. This shift will enable the court to achieve better information management and to better serve its users in the years ahead.

The Federal Court Rules 2011 have been amended by the Federal Court Amendment (Electronic Court File Measures No.1) Rules 2013, which is now available (together with the explanatory statement) from the ComLaw database.

For information about the court’s transition, visit the Federal Court’s website. This page provides responses to initial questions practitioners may have.

25 November 2013

Position vacant: Workers Compensation Commission

Mon Nov 25 2013

The Workers Compensation Commission is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as registrar of the Workers Compensation Commission for a fixed statutory term of up to five years that may be renewed.

The position holder is appointed as a member of the commission under the Work Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998. Appointees must be eligible for appointment under section 369 of the Work Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 and meet the selection criteria specified in the advertisement (see www.jobs.nsw.gov.au)

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm on Friday, 20 December 2013

For further details about the position go to www.jobs.nsw.gov.au or contact Mary Walsh on ph: 02 8281 6342 or via email: mary.walsh@wcc.nsw.gov.au

2 December�2013

Save the date: 2014 Bench & Bar Dinner

Mon Nov 25 2013

The 2014 Bench & Bar Dinner will be held on Friday, 2 May at the Hilton Sydney. The guest of honour is the Hon J L B Allsop AO, chief justice of the Federal Court of Australia. Further details and booking information will be available in 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Retford on 9229 1720 or kretford@nswbar.asn.au

25 November 2013

Zoe's law passed by the NSW lower house

Fri Nov 22 2013

The Crimes Amendment (Zoe's Law) Bill (No. 2) 2013 (NSW) has passed the Legislative Assembly. The Hansard record of the second reading debate and division can be viewed here.

22 November 2013

Sydney Big Red Ride 2013

Thu Nov 21 2013

On 1 December Nick Polin of 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers will take part in the “Sydney Big Red Ride 2013” to help raise money to send some of the kids living with Muscular Dystrophy to a respite camp. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in children. The aim of the Sydney Big Red Ride 2013 is to raise enough money to send 30 children living with Muscular Dystrophy to a respite camp. A large number of children are currently on the waiting list to attend one of these inspirational and highly specialised camps run by MDNSW. The camps entertain, motivate and support children ranging in age from 4 to 20 who struggle each day with this debilitating muscle wasting disease.

The ride is over 145km and starts in Bondi, at sea level and ends in Katoomba at over 1,017 metres above sea level. The route is tough, with the final 45km from Richmond to Katoomba involving a 1,000 metre climb.

Please dig deep and sponsor no matter how small the amount. Donate here

21 November 2013

Appointments to note

Wed Nov 20 2013

The Honourable Justice Walton has been appointed as president of the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales commencing on and from 3 February 2014.

Attorney General Greg Smith SC today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Tydd as the NSW information commissioner.

20 November 2013

Further information from childcare survey

Wed Nov 20 2013

The Bar Association survey on childcare closed yesterday at 5 pm. Forty-eight members indicated that they are currently interested in obtaining access to a childcare centre in the Sydney CBD, however did not leave a name and/or telephone number so that the Association can get in touch to discuss that member’s particular childcare needs. Any member who would like their particular long day care needs to be considered by the Association are invited to contact Megan Black as soon as possible at mblack@nswbar.asn.au or on 9229 1739, preferably before 4.00 pm tomorrow.

20 November 2013