Federal Court of Australia eLodgment change and Electronic Court File (ECF) Project update

Fri Mar 07 2014

The file size of documents that the Federal Court’s eLodgment system can accept has trebled. Litigants can now lodge documents up to 30mb. For more information, see How big can the documents be? on the Federal Court’s website.

During the Federal Court’s consultations about the ECF Project, questions were raised about some practicalities of working with the court in an electronic environment. The court has developed answers to these queries and has updated the ECF Q&As on its website.

TONIGHT: Conducting an Adminstrative Law Case in NSW and the New UCPR Rule 59

Thu Mar 06 2014

This seminar will be presented by Mark Robinson SC and chaired by Mary Rebehy. The seminar will cover rule 59 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW) which took effect on 15 March 2013. The seminar will also cover the necessary pleading required in judicial review cases. For full details, please click here.

New Exhibition by Tamara Dean

Thu Mar 06 2014

Tamara Dean, who judged the 2013 Indigenous Barristers Trust Photo competition, is proud to announce her forthcoming exhibition at Olsen Irwin Gallery, 63 Jersey Road, Wollahra on 5-23 March 2014. 'The Edge', her new body of work is an exploration of the informal rites of passage created by young people in relationship with the natural world. The initiations, the pushing of physical, spiritual and emotional limits in order to discover one's sense of self.

In 2013 Tamara Dean won the 'New York Photo Awards' in the fine art category and was awarded the Art Omi International Artists Residency in New York. Tamara's work has also been exhibited and featured in 4 Stories, an exhibition curated by Anna Maria Antoinette D' Addario in Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour as part of the 2013 Reportage Festival opening. For further information, high res images or enquiries, please contact

New UCPR forms

Thu Mar 06 2014

The Uniform Rules Committee has approved two new forms: Form 85, Summons (Judicial Review), and Form 107, Summons (Supervisory Jurisdiction).

Form 85 should be used (rather than form 4A or 4B) if the plaintiff is filing a summons under Part 59 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules (which relates to proceedings for judicial review in the Supreme Court or the Land & Environment Court). This new form makes provision for the information that must be included for these type of proceedings under rule 59.4.

Form 107 is to be used for proceedings in the Court of Appeal under rule 51.45 (Supervisory Jurisdiction).

These new forms are now available on the UCPR website.

Toongabbie Legal Centre criminal law CPD conference

Thu Mar 06 2014

Toongabbie Legal Centre will hold its criminal law CPD conference on Saturday, 15 March 2014. Guest speakers include Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Phil Boulten SC and Steve Mark. For more information about the program or to register, download a flyer here.

Honour for Fiona McLeod SC

Thu Mar 06 2014

The Law Council of Australia has congratulated its Executive member Fiona McLeod SC on her induction onto the Victorian Honour Roll for Women on International Women’s Day 2014. Learn more here.

Changes to extreme provocation

Wed Mar 05 2014

The NSW Government has introduced legislation to revise the partial defence of “extreme provocation”. Non-violent sexual advance - whether heterosexual or homosexual - as well as other provocations will no longer be available as a partial defence. According to Attorney General Greg Smith SC the bill "raises the bar" and "does away with a law that was seen by many as being biased against women, and blaming the victim’s behaviour for the offender’s loss of self-control". Learn more here.

TONIGHT: Offers of Compromise and Calderbank Offers

Wed Mar 05 2014

This evening's seminar will be presented by Andrew Combe. The session will review the decision of Whitney and the amendments to rule 20.26 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules as well as the use of the “Calderbank” offer to act as a fall back if an offer of compromise is held invalid. It will also include an overview of the main differences between an offer of compromise under the rules and Calderbank. For full details, please download a flyer here.

ACT Bar Association 2014 CPD Conference

Wed Mar 05 2014

The ACT Bar Association will hold its 2014 CPD Conference on Saturday, 15 March 2014 at the University of Canberra in Building 6 (Business and Faculty of Law Building). Register now or download a conference program here.

World Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference

Tue Mar 04 2014

The World Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference will be held on 8-10 December 2014 at the Cairns Pullman International Hotel in Queensland. The 2014 World Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference is designed to be the largest international gathering of Indigenous and non Indigenous peoples with an interest in stopping Domestic Violence within Indigenous communities. The conference will highlight positive outcomes of various community programs that impacts Indigenous families on a day to day basis dealing with issues of domestic violence within our communities. To register to attend the event, please visit the conference website or send us an email at

TONIGHT: Appearing for a Party at a Family Provision Mediation

Tue Mar 04 2014

Tonight's seminar will be presented by Robert Angyal SC, Raoul Wilson SC and Deborah Robinson. The seminar will canvass the issues that arise at mediation from the perspective of both counsel and mediator. It will also consider different mediation styles and the national practice standards. For full details please download a flyer here.

Open Door Productions ‘Examination and Presentation Power’ Workshops - expressions of interest

Tue Mar 04 2014

Open Door Productions seeks Expressions of Interest for its 2014 courses (up to 7 CPD points), to be offered from March. Examination Power allows barristers to practise and analyse question sequences in Examination in Chief and Cross-Examination to get the most from witnesses and underpin case theory, using a detailed case study in which two facilitators role-play all witnesses, demonstrating emotionally-realistic personae. Presentation Power maximises barristers’ persuasion effectiveness in all oral submissions. Deal effectively with judicial pressure, influence the conversation by responding succinctly to questions, attitudes, personae. Sessions are entertaining and collegial and experience is pooled. Participants may include elements of their current case process.

Current Offering: ‘Examination PowerFull day workshop Sunday 16th March 2014. Places available. Register your interest. Workshop venue: St James' Hall, Level One, 169 Phillip Street (opp. Selbourne Chambers)

Learn more

Find out more about the series through this link. Places are limited to ten. To reserve your place, please register your interest by contacting Gabrielle Gazal of Open Door Productions directly on or call: 0414 414 658.

Legal Aid News for March

Tue Mar 04 2014

Legal Aid News for March 2014 is out now, featuring articles on the NSW Government's domestic family violence reforms; the Work and Development Order Scheme; new family law services in the Far North West and Mid North Coast of NSW; training for panel lawyers in the Bail Act 2013; the Child Representation Conference; and the Community Legal Centres Symposium. You can view the newsletter here.

The future of face to face strategic networking

Tue Mar 04 2014

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW has launched its Women Lawyers Network to inspire women to pursue the career they want. The Twilight Event series "Workshops over Wine", gives WLA members and their guests access to experts and leading speakers who teach the practical and professional skills crucial to success in law. The next event in the series will be held on Wednesday, 5 March 2014 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Level 18, 225 George Street. To learn more, or to reserve your place, visit the booking site.

And the Oscar goes to ...

Tue Mar 04 2014

In another stellar year for the Bar Association’s pundits, the Bar Library Academy Awards Competition winners are: Maree Fitzgerald and Katie Retford. The organisers might have to consider a statutory ban on them next year to give others a chance… You can view the full results of the competition here. The winners have collected their winnings. Coffees all round!

LCA to send observer to sentencing of Karpal Singh

Tue Mar 04 2014

The president of the Law Council of Australia, Michael Colbran QC, has today announced that the Law Council will join with LAWASIA in sending an observer, Mark Trowell QC, to the sentencing hearing of Karpal Singh. Learn more here.

This Month in CPD

Mon Mar 03 2014

Monday, 3 March: Local Court Diversionary Schemes. To be presented by His Hon Judge G Henson, Chief Magistrate of NSW. For full details click here.

Tuesday, 4 March: Appearing for a Party at a Family Provision Mediation. To be presented by Robert Angyal SC, Raoul Wilson SC and Deborah Robinson. For full details click here.

Wednesday, 5 March: Offers of Compromise and Calderbank Offers - how to make them bite. To be presented by Anderw Combe. For full details click here.

Thursday, 6 March: Conducting an Administrative Law Case in NSW and the New UCPR rule 59. To be presented by Mark Robinson SC. For full details click here.

Monday, 10 March: Duty of Disclosure to and of Creditors in Orders or Binding Financial Agreements. To be presented by Peter Campton. Details to follow. Tuesday, 11 March: Mediating Professional Negligence Disputes. To be presented by Campbell Bridge SC, Jeremy Gormly SC and Angela Bowne. For full details click here.

Wednesday, 12 March: Regulation 176. To be presented by Penny Thew and Trish McDonald SC. For full details click here.

Monday, 17 March: Administrative Law and Accountability - The Bias Rule and Avenues for Merits Review of Commercial Decisions. To be presented by Margaret Allars and Brenda Tronson. For full details click here.

Wednesday, 19 March: Ethics in Praciice. To be presented by Craig Leggat SC. Details to follow.

Thursday, 20 March: The New Trans-Tasman Judicial Area - Life after the entry into force of the Trans-Tasman Prroceedings Act. To be presented by Justin Hogan-Doran. Details to follow.

Tuesday, 25 March: Advocacy and Practice in the Land and Environment Court. To be presented by Sandra Duggan SC and Ingrid King. Details to follow.

Wednesday, 26 March: The Role of Counsel Assisting. To be presented by Jeremy Gormly SC. Details to follow.

Thursday, 27 March: In the 'Hot Tub' - Expert Conferences and Concurrent Expert Evidence in Native Title. To be presented by Vance Hughston SC and Tina Jowett. Details to follow.

Monday, 31 March: The Role of the Prosecutor - Cruel but Fair. To be presented by Greg James AM QC. Details to follow.

Simon Tedeschi - A fundraising concert for the Arts Law Centre of Australia

Mon Mar 03 2014

The Arts Law Centre of Australia is pleased to be hosting a fundraising concert featuring the extraordinary musical talent of pianist Simon Tedeschi on 11 March 2014 at 7pm. The concert will be held in the stunning New Hall, Sydney Grammar School, Yurong St entrance, Darlinghurst. Simon Tedeschi is an internationally acclaimed pianist, and this is a rare opportunity to see him for only $50 (students $25). Tickets are available online.

About the Arts Law Centre

The Arts Law Centre is a community legal centre providing legal advice to artists across a wide range of legal matters, to help them practice their art free of exploitation. Simon has kindly donated his time to perform at this concert, and Sydney Grammar has donated their auditorium, so all funds will go directly to the Arts Law Centre.