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Australian Construction Law Discussion Group annual dinner

Fri Jul 15 2016

The Australian Construction Law Discussion Group will hold its annual dinner on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 at 6.45pm for 7.15pm in the Bond Cafe, 111 Phillip Street. Guest speaker will be the Hon Justice Hammerschlag. For more information about the evening, and how to reserve your place, click here.

Registration by non residential voters to vote in City of Sydney elections

Thu Jul 14 2016

The City of Sydney Act 1988 was amended in 2014 to require non-residential voters who pay occupancy costs in excess of $4,000 per annum to register to vote in the city elections. This requirement may cover many members with a city practice. Non-residential voters are required to register by 14 July 2016 to ensure that they are eligible to vote in the upcoming September 2016 City of Sydney Local Government election. For further detail, see the City of Sydney's webpage

Tonight: the 2016 Forbes Lecture

Thu Jul 14 2016

The 2016 Forbes Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jane Stapleton tonight at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC will chair the lecture.

Professor Stapleton is a professor at the Australian National University and the University of Texas, School of Law. She is the master-elect of Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.

The title of Professor Stapleton’s lecture is “Lady Margaret Beaufort and the Law”. Lady Margaret Beaufort was the mother of King Henry VII and, among many other things, established Christ’s College, Cambridge in the 1500s. Professor Stapleton’s lecture promises to provide a fascinating insight into this remarkable woman and her relationship with the law.

Registration by non residential voters to vote in City of Sydney elections

Thu Jul 14 2016

The City of Sydney Act 1988 was amended in 2014 to require non-residential voters who pay occupancy costs in excess of $4,000 per annum to register to vote in the City elections. This requirement may cover many members with a city practice. Non-residential voters are required to register by 14 July 2016 to ensure that they are eligible to vote in the upcoming September 2016 City of Sydney Local Government election. For further detail, see the City of Sydney's webpage

Supreme Court Equity seminar for the profession

Thu Jul 14 2016

Members are invited to the Supreme Court's Equity seminar, to be held in the Banco Court on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 at 5.00pm. Speakers will include the Hon Justice Bergin, the Hon Justice Sackar and the Hon Justice Darke. Learn more here.

Indigenous Justice Conference

Thu Jul 14 2016

The Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) will hold its Indigenous Justice Conference on 25-26 August 2016 at Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Links to the conference program, guide and online registration are available on the AIJA website.

Positions vacant - two positions under the Public Defenders Act 1995

Thu Jul 14 2016

Public Defender: $274,920 p.a. plus Conveyance Allowance $16,645 p.a.


Deputy Senior Public Defender: $300,920 p.a. plus Conveyance Allowance $16,645 p.a.

The Attorney General is seeking applications from qualified persons for two positions under the Public Defenders Act 1995, being a Public Defender and a Deputy Senior Public Defender. Each position will be for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed, subject to an initial twelve-month probationary period. An eligibility list for future such vacancies will be created in respect of each position.

Public Defenders are barristers who appear in trials throughout NSW, and in appeals, for legally-aided persons charged with serious criminal offences. Both successful applicants will be based in Sydney.

The Public Defender will be required to appear at metropolitan and regional sittings of the District Court and Supreme Court, and occasionally the Court of Criminal Appeal, as directed. Any appearances in country or regional sittings are likely to be in the order of a maximum of ten weeks per year.

The Deputy Senior Public Defender will primarily appear in Supreme Court trials and in appeals to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. Deputy Senior Public Defenders also assist the Senior Public Defender with management, policy, advisory and delegated responsibilities.

Selection criteria: Applicants must be Australian lawyers (and, in the case of the Deputy Senior Public Defender, Australian lawyers of at least five years’ standing) with extensive advocacy experience in a wide range of criminal trials and, ideally, appeals. Guidelines for the appointment and reappointment of Public Defenders, which includes the selection criteria, may be viewed on the Public Defenders website at: www.publicdefenders.nsw.gov.au

Note: Probity checks will be conducted.

Enquiries: Persons interested are encouraged to contact Mr Mark Ierace, SC, Senior Public Defender, for further information about the likely duties of the successful applicants, on (02) 9268 3111.

Please visit iworkfor.nsw.gov.au with reference 00004JXZ to apply. Applications in Word or PDF identifying the specific position applied for and addressing the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online by 11.59 pm on Sunday 24 July 2016.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Thu Jul 14 2016

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held in the Bar Library at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 24 August 2016. The book is New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. A review is available here.

Vale Donald Gerard Stewart (1928-2016)

Thu Jul 14 2016

Donald Stewart, former barrister, District and Supreme Court judge, royal commissioner and the inaugural chairman of the National Crime Authority, died this morning. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are confirmed.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Jul 13 2016

Thursday 14 July:"Lady Margaret Beaufort and the Law". Presented by Professor Jane Stapleton and chaired by The Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC. For full details please download a flyer here. This seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm.

Legal Representation Office Request for Tender

Wed Jul 13 2016

The Legal Representation Office (LRO) is seeking to form a panel of legal representatives to provide independent legal assistance to people in their dealings with the NSW Police Integrity Commission, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption and special commissions of inquiry. The panel will consist of legal practitioners admitted to practise in NSW, being either barristers or solicitors who hold an unrestricted practising certificate, and who can demonstrate experience in appearing before investigative bodies.

For more information or to lodge a response to the tender please visit the NSW Government eTendering website. The tender will close at 11:00pm on 9 August 2016.

ABA president visiting NT and Timor Leste

Wed Jul 13 2016

Australian Bar Association President Patrick O’Sullivan QC has met with Northern Territory Attorney-General John Elferink and Shadow Minister for Corrections Natasha Fyles to discuss a range of issues, including Indigenous incarceration, bail laws for juveniles, mandatory sentencing, fine default imprisonment and domestic violence. On Thursday 14th July, the ABA President will travel to Timor Leste, Dili to attend the 2016 Northern Territory Bar Association’s annual conference. View the ABA media release here.

Desktop version of BarBooks for Windows now available

Wed Jul 13 2016

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15th International Criminal Law Congress

Wed Jul 13 2016

The 15th International Criminal Law Congress will be held on 12-16 October 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel, Adelaide, SA. For more information about the program and speakers, visit the conference website here. Early bird registration deadline is 15 July 2016.

What lies ahead for legal education in Australia?

Tue Jul 12 2016

The Honourable Justice Michael Walton, president of the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales, invites members to the first session of the President's Forum: Ideas at Work for 2016. This session will be an interactive panel debate on the topic: "What lies ahead for legal education in Australia?" It will take place on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 at the Mint, Macquarie Street. For more information about the speakers, and how to register, click here. The deadline for registrations has been extended to 13 July 2016.

Criminal Law 101

Tue Jul 12 2016

Salvos Legal is hosting a one-hour presentation as a basic introduction to criminal law designed for experienced civil barristers who volunteer as duty barristers and wish to develop their criminal skills and knowledge. It will be presented by Peter Godkin, barrister. It will take place on 27 July 2016 at 5.30pm at Salvos Legal, Level 2, 151 Castlereagh Street.

Australian Construction Law Discussion Group annual dinner

Tue Jul 12 2016

The Australian Construction Law Discussion Group will hold its annual dinner on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 at 6.45pm for 7.15pm in the Bond Cafe, 111 Phillip Street. Guest speaker will be the Hon Justice Hammerschlag. For more information about the evening, and how to reserve your place, click here.

15 Bobber – His Hon Judge Robert Montgomery

Tue Jul 12 2016

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for His Hon Judge Robert Montgomery. The 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 12 August 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for His Hon Judge Robert Montgomery is Julian Sexton SC. The event begins at 5.30 PM with speeches beginning at 5.45 PM. Pre-purchased tickets are $15 and are available until COB Thursday, 11 August. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25. To RSVP, click here

15 Bobber – The Hon Justice Stephen Burley & Her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic

Tue Jul 12 2016
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Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Stephen Burley & Her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic. The 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 19 August 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for The Hon Justice Stephen Burley is Michael Heath and for & Her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic is Ian Neil SC. The event begins at 5.30 PM with speeches beginning at 5.45 PM. Pre-purchased tickets are $15 and are available until COB Thursday, 11 August. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25. To RSVP, click here

Vale Jeremy Paul Donohoe (1970-2016)

Tue Jul 12 2016

Jeremy Donohoe, barrister at Chalfont Chambers, died on Saturday, 9 July 2016. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are confirmed.