ECC-SAL International Mooting Competition 2017

Fri Sep 16 2016

Legal practitioners of no more than three years' standing as at 1 January 2017 are welcome to register their interest in competing in the ECC-SAL International Mooting Competition to be held in Singapore in January 2017.

The 2017 Competition, co-organised by the members of Essex Court Chambers and the Singapore Academy of Law, presents an ideal opportunity for young lawyers to showcase and hone their skills as advocates. Now in its 6th year, the contest is open to young advocates from Australia, Brunei, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand,Singapore and South Korea.

The winning team will be offered an all-expenses paid two-week internship at Essex Court Chambers in London. Awards will also be given for the Best Orator and Best Memorandum submitted in the competition.

For further detail see the flyer

New Barristers' Committee September breakfast

Fri Sep 16 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee would like to invite you to attend the September breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop next Tuesday morning, 20 September. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. The Association's Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC and Michael McHugh SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas

AustLII Foundation Limited seeking donations

Fri Sep 16 2016

AustLII, the Australian Legal Information Institute, a leading Australian free-access online public library for Australian legal information, is seeking financial contributions to maintain and develop its services. Members wishing to make a donation can access a contribution form here

Fine default imprisonment in WA

Thu Sep 15 2016

The Australian Bar Association has today welcomed the Western Australian government’s new legislation aimed at reducing the rate of Indigenous incarceration for non-payment of fines. Learn more here.

Everything you ever wanted to know about CPD Online

Thu Sep 15 2016

Members are reminded that they can access CPD seminars online by logging on through the Bar Association's website. Seminars viewed online attract 1 CPD point per hour and may be counted in the relevant strand. There is no limit to how many points you can obtain through CPD Online. Where permission has been granted to include a seminar in the online catalogue, the seminar will generally be available through the online streaming system within 2 weeks of delivery.

Which strand does a seminar fall into?

Strand details, along with other keywords are indicated in the tags for each seminar. These tags are searchable and may be used to find related seminars.

Papers from the seminars?

Where papers have been provided for the seminar, these can be found as downloadable attachments on the left hand side of the page once you click on a seminar.

Keeping CPD Records?

Barristers are required to maintain a record of engagement in CPD activities for the CPD year containing the details outlined in this form, in paper form or electronically, and must retain that record for at least three years after the CPD year.

Logging in

You can access CPD online by going onto the Bar Association Website, From there, click on 'For Members' on the left hand side of the screen, then click on 'CPD' under the quick links menu on the right hand side, then click on login required under the heading 'CPD online'.

If you have misplaced your login and password details you are able to reset your details by clicking on 'member sign in' which appears in the top right hand corner of the screen on our homepage. You then click on 'unknown password or username', this will then prompt you to add your surname and date of birth. This will trigger an email to be sent to you with your new details. The email will be sent to the registered email address on our records.

Problems viewing the recordings

Ensure that the flash player on your computer is up to date. If problems persist, please make a note of any error message and contact us:

Aboriginal trauma, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the juvenile justice system: a volatile cocktail

Thu Sep 15 2016

The NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association Indigenous Barristers’ Trust and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee jointly present "Aboriginal trauma, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the juvenile justice system: a volatile cocktail"

Presented by June Oscar AO and Her Honour Judge Dina Yehia SC.

Chaired by Anthony McAvoy SC.

This seminar will be held at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room on Thursday 6 October 2016. Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the seminar

Please note registration is required for this event. To register please email your full name and organisation to Places are limited. Please follow the brochure link here

2017 Personal Injury Conference: call for papers

Thu Sep 15 2016

The NSW Bar Association's 2017 Personal Injury Conference is scheduled for Saturday, 11 March 2017. The association's Professional Development Department would like to invite members to submit abstracts for papers to be included on the day. Suggestions for papers can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 30 September 2016.

NCAT Videos

Wed Sep 14 2016

The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has released new video resources, which explain common types of matters brought to NCAT for resolution – a dispute between a landlord and tenant, the review of a government agency’s decision, a home building dispute, and the appointment of a guardian and a financial manager for a person with a disability. Each video is presented in English, Mandarin, Arabic, Greek and Vietnamese, and also captioned in the respective language.

Timetable for the 2017 Bar Council election

Wed Sep 14 2016

Nomination forms for candidates in the 2017 Bar Council election will be mailed to members on on Friday, 16 September 2016. Read more about the election timetable here.

Appointment to note: Crown advocate

Wed Sep 14 2016

Attorney General Gabrielle Upton announced has announced the appointment of Dr David Kell, from Tenth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers, as the New South Wales Crown advocate. Learn more here.

It's an "all-CJ lineup" at the ABA & Vic Bar Conference

Wed Sep 14 2016

It's being called the most impressive lineup of speakers ever presented at a legal conference in Australia. The chief justices of the Federal Court, Family Court and every state and territory Supreme Court in Australia will comprise "The Chief Justices Session" on the opening day of the ABA and Victorian Bar Conference in Melbourne on 27-28 October 2016. The panel session will provide a unique opportunity for the country’s most senior judicial officers to present and discuss the latest developments and challenges before the courts.

The conference will be opened by Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Commonwealth attorney general, with the conference key note address by Chief Justice Robert French AC of the High Court of Australia.

The two-day conference covers all areas of the law, from High Court appeals, the latest developments in intellectual property, evidence, the common law, class actions and commercial arbitration in Asia to terrorism and human rights.

Learn more here and here.

15 Bobber – His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt

Tue Sep 13 2016

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt. The 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 28 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt will be Phillip Boulten SC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 6.00pm Thursday 27 October. Tickets purchased on the door will be $25.

Papers to note: the future of legal services

Tue Sep 13 2016

The American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which was established in 2014, has published a compendium of research papers in the South Carolina Law Review. The papers review "disruptive innovation", pro bono service delivery, online dispute resolution, delivery of legal services by non-lawyers, global regulation and more. A copy of 67 (2) South Carolina Law Review is held in the Bar Library.

Janet Coombs Lunch

Tue Sep 13 2016

The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers will be hosted by the Women Barristers Forum & WLA NSW on Friday, 16 September 2016 from 1.00-2.00pm at the Law Society of NSW, L2, 170 Phillip Street. Download a registration form here.

Trends in conditional discharges

Tue Sep 13 2016

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has examined the penalties imposed by the NSW Local Courts between January 2004 and September 2015 for assault, drug, weapons, property damage and traffic offences. It found that courts are increasingly choosing to give offenders a section 10(1)b bond rather than fine them. Learn more here.

Accreditation, re-accreditation as mediators

Tue Sep 13 2016

Applications are now open for members wishing to be accredited or re-accredited as mediators with the NSW Bar Association under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). The accreditation period under the NMAS is for two years. Applicants can also elect to appear on the District Court panels which is also for a period of two years. Applications must be sent in soft copy to Megan Batchelor, by 5.00pm on 30 September 2016. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Download an application form here.

Swearing-in ceremony for Jeffrey McLennan SC

Tue Sep 13 2016

Jeffrey McLennan SC will be sworn-in as a District Court judge on Monday, 22 August 2016 at 9.00am on Level 21, John Maddison Tower. Chrissa Loukas SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Call for papers: 2017 CPD Conferences

Mon Sep 12 2016

The NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Department invite members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the Bar Association's 2017 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2017 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 18 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 25 February
  • Orange – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March
  • Parramatta – Saturday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 25 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald ( Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 30 September 2016.

International mooting competition in Singapore

Mon Sep 12 2016

Essex Court Chambers and the Singapore Academy of Law are co-organisers of the ECC-SAL International Mooting Competition. Now in its 6th year, the contest is open to young advocates from Australia, Brunei, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. The winning team will be offered an all-expenses paid two-week internship at Essex Court Chambers in London.

All rounds of the competition will take place in Singapore. All moots will take place in January 2017. Registration opens 14 September 2016. Learn more here.

Positions vacant: NSW Sentencing Council

Mon Sep 12 2016

The attorney general is calling for applications for appointment as members of the NSW Sentencing Council for terms of up to three years. For more information, or to submit an application, visit Applications close Monday, 3 October 2016 at 11.59 pm. Applications must be lodged electronically.

Nominations for 2016 Human Rights Award

Mon Sep 12 2016

Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs is calling for nominations for the 2016 Human Rights Awards.

"Human rights deserve to be recognised, celebrated, respected and most importantly upheld. Please help us celebrate ordinary Australians and distinguished community leaders who have contributed to improving human rights in Australia," said Professor Triggs.

Nominations close on 25 September 2016. Nominating somebody for an award is a quick and simple online process. Just follow this link.