NSW Custody Statistics December Quarterly Update

Fri Jan 30 2015

The number of adults and juveniles in custody in NSW is rising again, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR). The result is attributable to an increase in the percentage of defendants refused bail by police and a surge in the number of remand receptions. Learn more here.

Further information about Tuesday yoga classes

Fri Jan 30 2015

If you plan to attend the Tuesday 1.00pm yoga classes, please text Jolie on 0414092502 before 11.00am on the day. She will reply with a message before 12 midday if a quorum has been reached.

Opening of Law Term services 2015

Fri Jan 30 2015

The Red Mass will be celebrated at 9.00am on Monday, 2 February 2015, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Judges and counsel are invited to robe in the Crypt from 8:30 am. There will be a procession of judges and counsel into the cathedral. Morning tea will be served in Cathedral House immediately after the ceremony.

The Anglican church service to mark the commencement of the 2015 Law Term is to be held at St James Church, King Street, on Monday, 2 February 2015 at 10.30am.

The annual Parramatta Inter-Church Law Service to mark the commencement of the 2015 Law Term will be held on Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 9.30am in St John’s Anglican Cathedral, 195 Church St Parramatta.

The Annual Pan-Orthodox Church Service to mark the opening of the 2015 Law Term will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern on Tuesday 10 February 2015 at 6:30pm. Practitioners and guests are asked to be seated in the Cathedral by 6:25pm. The procession to the Cathedral will be led by the chief justice of NSW, the Hon Tom Bathurst AC and will commence from the Rectory of the Archdiocese which is situated in the grounds of the Cathedral. Those wishing to robe are invited to do so in the Rectory. At the conclusion of the service a light buffet and refreshments will be served at the reception room.

A service to mark the opening of the Law Term will be held at the Great Synagogue, Sydney on Wednesday, 11 February at 5.30 pm. Members are requested to be seated by 5.15 pm. The cocktail party after the service is free of charge, but guests are requested to preregister. Further information is available from the office of The Great Synagogue on ph: (02)9267 2477 or via email: RSVPs should be made via

The Muslim Legal Network (NSW) Opening of Law Term Service will be held on 19 February 2015 at the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque. Guests are requested to arrive at 6:00pm so that the service can commence on time. The Auburn Mosque Committee has requested that attendees kindly observe a modest dress code for the event. RSVP to:

Great Synagogue Opening of Law Term Service

Fri Jan 30 2015

A service to mark the opening of the Law Term will be held at the Great Synagogue, Sydney on Wednesday, 11 February at 5.30 pm. Members are requested to be seated by 5.15 pm. The cocktail party after the service is free of charge, but guests are requested to preregister. Further information is available from the office of The Great Synagogue on ph: (02)9267 2477 or via email: RSVPs should be made via

Make childcare a resolution for the new law term

Fri Jan 30 2015

You're ready for the start of a new law term, but are your childcare arrangements ready for the busy months ahead? The Bar Association launched its childcare scheme in August last year when it reserved 10 priority spots for barristers and chambers staff at the Guardian Early Learning Centre in Martin Place. This arrangement provides barristers in the CBD with easy access to high quality childcare, and will help those with young families to achieve a better work/life balance. Learn more about the Bar Association's childcare scheme here.

Samuel Griffith Chambers - room for licence for 12 months

Fri Jan 30 2015

Samuel Griffith Chambers is located on the top floor of the Civic Tower, Goulburn Street, offering beautiful views and is ideally located opposite the Downing Centre and John Maddison Tower. A good sized, modern and fully furnished external room is available for licence for 12 months from April 1 2015.

The floor is busy and vibrant with the majority of 37 barristers, including 3 Senior Counsel, practicing principally in criminal law. Chambers has an extensive library as well as subscriptions to online services and remote access is available. The monthly licence fee is $2344.32 including library subscription + GST and disbursements.

For further details or expressions of interest, please contact the clerks, Bernadette Nolan or Lesley Ratner on ph: (02) 9267 4955 or email:

All enquiries will be dealt with confidentially.

Review of efficiency in criminal proceedings in England and Wales

Thu Jan 29 2015

Last week the president of the Queen’s Bench Division, the Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson, published the findings of his review into the efficiency of criminal proceedings. Against the backdrop of austerity and budget cuts in the UK, the review examined a wide range of factors affecting the length and cost of criminal trials, such as the role of information technology, listing, pre-trial and early guilty pleas, flexibility in court sittings, expert evidence and more. Read the report here.

Yoga returns

Wed Jan 28 2015

Dust off your mat! Yoga classes at the New South Wales Bar Association will resume next Tuesday, 3 February 2015. Classes will be held on Tuesdays at 7.15am and 1.00pm in the Common Room. Both sessions this year will run in 10 week terms (with the afternoon session going into hiatus during the readers courses). The first block will run from Tuesday, 3 February to Tuesday, 7 April. The cost is $200 per term. (A minimum of 6 yogis need to be enrolled to ensure the class goes ahead). Or pay casually $25 p/class. By committing to the term it will ensure the classes will always run, which will benefit yourself, the group, the teacher & your practice. Please feel free to contact Jolie with any questions & to receive information. Register for the class via mobile: 0414092502; or via email

Court lists now available on your smart phone

Wed Jan 28 2015

NSW court lists can now be searched and retrieved via a smartphone app. Users can obtain the time and location of sittings, up to two weeks in advance, as well as maps and contact information for cases in the NSW Supreme, District, Local and Coroner’s courts. Listings are updated every 60 seconds. Search NSW Court Lists is available for download, free of charge, at Google Play and Apple's App Store.

Common Law Practice Update 75

Wed Jan 28 2015

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 75, with case notes on slip and fall in employment and false imprisonment. Download CLPU 75.

The Freehills Women's Mentoring Program

Wed Jan 28 2015

The Freehills Women’s Mentoring Program is seeking female barristers who are willing to provide guidance to aspiring female law students. For more information, or to register as a mentor, click here.

Australia Day Honours

Tue Jan 27 2015

The following members of the Bar Association received Australia Day Honours in the Order of Australia:

The Hon Andrew Rogers QC was made an officer in the General Division (AO) for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly reforms to commercial dispute resolution and case management, through contributions to international commercial arbitration, and to the community.

Professor Rosalind Croucher was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts.

The Hon Brian Sully QC was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the judiciary, and to the law, particularly through legal education in New South Wales.

Room for sale on Third Floor Wentworth

Tue Jan 27 2015

A double sized room (easily converted into two standard rooms) is now available for purchase on the Third Floor, Wentworth Chambers. The room has a traditional fit-out with large built-in cupboards, shelving and robing space, as well as a new split-system air conditioner.

It would suit a silk or two junior barristers perfectly as it is one of the largest spaces in the building.

The floor has been operating for 58 years and has 14 busy senior junior barristers, and one silk. Floor fees are modest and the floor has the benefit of fast CCL broadband internet, telephony and secure wireless throughout the building. It has recently been renovated by CCL with brand new wide windows in brushed chrome that provide an abundance of natural light.

The room faces the western side of Lockhart chambers, Beenbah chambers and the Law Courts building.

For more information visit

Price: $400,000 (or $200,000 per room).

For all confidential inquiries such as inspection appointments, please contact the clerk, Katelyn Sawyer on ph: (02) 9232 3937 or

Law Council concerned about mandatory data retention

Tue Jan 27 2015

The Law Council of Australia has recommended the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 be withdrawn, amended and released as exposure draft legislation for public consultation. The president of the Law Council, Mr Duncan McConnel, warned that "the scheme is not sufficiently defined to allow people to know the extent of interference with their privacy and for service providers to know their legal obligations". View the LCA media release here.

ABA conference in July

Tue Jan 27 2015

The Australian Bar Association is pleased to confirm Washington DC and Boston as the locations for its 2015 biennial conference. The Washington DC preliminary conference will take place from 3-5 July and will focus on the domestic impact of the American justice system. The Boston conference, 'Survival of the fittest: Challenges for Advocates in the 21st Century' will take place from 7 to 10 July.

For further details and registration please click here

Save the date: 2015 ABA Conference - Boston

Tue Jan 27 2015

The Australian Bar Association is pleased to confirm that its 2015 conference will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on 7 to 10 July 2015. Boston’s reputation as a world leading centre for legal education, and its rich history and culture, make it an ideal location for the Australian Bar’s biennial conference.

Conference theme

The theme of the conference will centre on the means by which the Australian Bar can survive and prosper in the twenty-first century. We propose to obtain insight into how the North Americans, and others, have tackled common problems regarding advocacy practice, the use of technology and maintenance of the rule of law at a time when civil and criminal justice systems are under challenge from new political and economic imperatives. The conference programme will include sessions at the Harvard Law School, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the JFK Presidential Library.


To register your interest, please email

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2015

Fri Jan 23 2015

Registrations are now open for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences.The 2015 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 21 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 28 February and Sunday, 1 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 7 March: North Coast
  • Saturday, 14 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 28 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, sessions, speakers and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

The full programs will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact Bali Kaur, Professional Development Coordinator (ph: 02 9229 1722 or

Amending the Limitation Act 1969

Fri Jan 23 2015

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper on amending the Limitation Act 1969. The discussion paper and the associated public consultation, announced today by Attorney General Brad Hazzard, are in response to evidence being gathered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Further information can be obtained from the NSW Government's Have Your Say website.

Common Law Practice Update 74

Fri Jan 23 2015

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 74, with case notes on: sections 75AD, 75AE and 75AC of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth); s 135 of the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth); the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW); the liability of educational institutions; and more. Download CLPU 74

Call for submissions on AS 11000: General Conditions of Contract

Fri Jan 23 2015

Standards Australia has called for submissions on its draft Standard AS 11000: General Conditions of Contract, with implications for contracts used by governments and businesses in construction and public works projects. The public comment period starts today, Friday 23 January and will close on Friday, 27 March 2015. Learn more here.

The underbelly of judicial elections in the United States

Fri Jan 23 2015

In the United States, judges are selected by voters in 39 states. US journal Mother Jones reports on how special interest groups are spending increasing amounts of money to help elect their preferred state judges. For example: "In West Virginia in 2004, the CEO of Massey Energy spent $3 million on his preferred Supreme Court candidate; that justice later cast the deciding vote to overturn a $50 million verdict against the company—a nearly 1,600 percent return on investment." Learn more here.

NSW AG announces a raft of appointments

Thu Jan 22 2015

Attorney General Brad Hazzard has announced a raft of judicial and statutory appointments. Barristers Dominique Burns and Gary Wilson are among four new magistrates and John McKenzie will be the next legal services commissioner. Prior to his appointment, Mr McKenzie had served as the chief legal officer at the Aboriginal Legal Service of NSW. He will begin his four year term on 4 March 2015. Learn more about Mr McKenzie's appointment here. InBrief will publish further details about the Local Court swearings-in as soon as they are known.