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Toongabbie Legal Centre Fundraising Dinner

Thu Oct 20 2016

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will hold its 9th Annual Community Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, 22 October 2016 at 6.00pm for 6.30pm in Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. The chief guest will be Gary Ulman, president of the Law Society, with the Hon Justice M J Beazley AO present as well. Learn more here.

Bar Choir Christmas Concert

Wed Oct 19 2016

The Bar Choir will hold a Christmas Concert at St James Church on Friday, 2 December 2016 at 5.15pm to raise funds for the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation. The concert will last for roughly one hour. Donations from attendees will be gratefully received.

On sale now: raffle tickets for the 2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast

Wed Oct 19 2016

Raffle tickets for the 2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast are now available for purchase at the Bar Association Reception(1 ticket $5; 3 tickets $10; 7 tickets $20; a book of (20) tickets $50). There are fabulous prizes to be won!

The Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast will be held on Friday, 28 October at 7.45am in Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee. RSVP for the breakfast today. RSVPs will be accepted until Friday, 21 October unless sold out prior.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Katie or Hannah on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Holt Prize

Wed Oct 19 2016

The Holt Prize, named after the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of The Federation Press, is awarded biennially to first-time authors of an unpublished legal work of an academic or practical nature. The winner receives a $12,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with The Federation Press. The Federation Press invites submissions for the 2017 Prize. The deadline is 31 March 2017. Learn more here.

Bar Council business for July-August 2016

Wed Oct 19 2016

Bar Council met on 21 July, 28 July and 11 August 2016 in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted here. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director. View the minutes for 21 July, 28 July and 11 August 2016.

Profiles of Bar Council nominees now available online

Wed Oct 19 2016

Nominations for the 2017 Bar Council closed at 4.00pm on Monday, 10 October. Eighteen senior counsel and 35 members of the Junior Bar (including 16 under 5s) have nominated. A list of the nominated candidates is now available on the Bar Association website. Each candidate’s entry includes a link to their Find A Barrister page. Voting forms were dispatched to eligible members (Ordinary members Class A and life members) on Friday, 14 October. Pursuant to clause 11.6.2 of the Constitution of the New South Wales Bar Association, members may vote for up to 21 candidates. Voting closes at 1.00 pm on Thursday, 3 November 2016.

2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – RSVP by Friday

Tue Oct 18 2016

Members and their friends are invited to the 2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 28 October at 7.45am in Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from 17 October at the Bar Association Reception(1 ticket $5; 3 tickets $10; 7 tickets $20; 20 tickets $50). RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Friday, 21 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Katie or Hannah on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there.

Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma  

Tue Oct 18 2016

On Wednesday, 9 November 2016 Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience, will present "Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma."

In this presentation you will learn about what vicarious trauma is; how it arises from a neuroscience perspective; signs that you may be suffering from it; steps you can take to minimise its impact, including practical steps to avoid or minimise the trauma to you of difficult or distressing material; how to notice signs that a colleague may be affected, what to do and how to intervene helpfully and effectively. The seminar will be chaired by Peter McGrath SC, Health and Wellbeing Committee. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will be held at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room

NSW Rolling List Court Evaluation

Tue Oct 18 2016

A study by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has found that the Rolling List Court (RLC), which was introduced in the District Court on a trial basis in April 2015, has resulted in a significant increase in guilty pleas. Learn more here.

NSW Lawyers Orchestra

Tue Oct 18 2016

The NSW Lawyers Orchestra invites you to join them for their concert of cinematic masterpieces, on 27 November 2016, 2:30pm at John Painter Hall 1-15 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. The full program is available here. Tickets are available here. The orchestra is still looking for more cellists to perform with them in the upcoming concert. If you are interested or can recommend a cello player, email Sarah Haddad (shaddad@fjc.net.au).

Information Session on the Child Sexual Offences Evidence Pilot for Defence Practitioners

Tue Oct 18 2016

The Public Defenders will host an Information Session on the Child Sexual Offences Evidence Pilot for Defence Practitioners. The session will include a practical discussion about witness intermediaries and pre-recorded evidence. The Pilot is currently taking place in Sydney and Newcastle. All practitioners are welcome. The session will be presented by Craig Smith SC (Deputy Senior Public Defender), Sharyn Hall (Samuel Griffith Chambers), Angela Cook (Forbes Chambers), Helen Shaw and Sophie Williams (LAC NSW). Date: Wednesday 23 November 2016 from 5.00pm – 6.30pm at Public Defenders Chambers, 23/1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. As numbers are limited please RSVP by 16 November 2016 to Kieran Darcy at kieran.darcy@justice.nsw.gov.au or tel: 9268 3196.

The Public Law Weekend

Tue Oct 18 2016

The ANU College of Law / Centre for International and Public Law conference will be held at the National Museum of Australia on Friday, 28 October 2016. The 2016 Public Law Weekend will focus on a range of current and important administrative law issues and developments. The program features distinguished administrative law jurists, commentators and practitioners. Learn more here.

2016 Justice Awards

Mon Oct 17 2016

The 2016 Justice Awards were held on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at the Strangers' Dining Room, Parliament House, Sydney. The Bar Association sponsors the Law and Justice Volunteer Award, which this year was awarded to Janette Perram. For more than 25 years Janette has worked on ADVO cases at Burwood Local Court. Chrissa Loukas SC represented the Bar Association and presented the award. Stan Grant delivered the 2016 Law and Justice Address. Learn more about the awards and the recipients here.

Cocktail function to celebrate the appointment of women silks

Mon Oct 17 2016

On 3 November at 5.30pm-7.30pm the Women Barristers Forum and the Women Lawyers Association will host an evening cocktail function at Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar to celebrate the appointment of three women silks in 2016 - Kate Williams SC, Kate Richardson SC and Kara Shead SC. Learn more here.

Launch of the NSW Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association

Mon Oct 17 2016

Members are invited to the launch of the New South Wales Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association on Friday, 11 November 2016 at 6.00pm-7.00pm in the Banco Court. The NSW HAL will be launched by the Hon Tom Bathurst AC, chief justice of NSW. Other distinguished speakers will be the Hon Justice Melissa Perry, NSW patron of Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association; and the Hon Chris Kourakis, national patron of HAL. For more information about the launch, or how to register, download a flyer here.

Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture

Mon Oct 17 2016

The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture for 2016 was delivered by General David Morrison at 6.00pm on Thursday, 13 October. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC attended on behalf of the Bar Association. An edited version of the lecture is available on the foundation's website.

Legal Aid NSW Care and Protection Panel

Mon Oct 17 2016

The Legal Aid NSW Care and Protection Panel (the panel) is open for new applications and applications for reappointment by current panel members. Current panel members due for reappointment must apply for reappointment to the panel if they wish to continue to undertake legally aided care and protection matters. Panel members who are due to reapply, will be directly notified by email.

Current panel members who are unsure whether they are required to apply for reappointment can contact Professional Practices on (02) 9219 5662 or at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

New applications and applications for reappointment must be submitted through the Panels Application website by Sunday, 4 December 2016 for consideration by the Selection Committee. Applications received after this date will not be considered until the next Selection Committee meeting to be scheduled sometime in 2018.

Information about the panel is available on the panels, audit and practice standards web page. This contains additional information that can be viewed or downloaded:

For any further enquiries regarding the panel, please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Preparing an Appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal

Mon Oct 17 2016

On Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Chrissa Loukas SC will present a practical advocacy seminar on appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal. The seminar, to be co-chaired by the Hon Justice Fullerton and Stephen Odgers SC, incorporates both severity and conviction appeals. The emphasis will be on the essentials of written submissions and oral advocacy. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee.

Registration is required. Please send your RSVP response to Greg Antipas, Chair, New Barristers Committee at gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au

New Barristers' Committee October breakfast

Mon Oct 17 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee invite you to attend the October breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow morning, Tuesday 18 October 2016. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. President Noel Hutley SC, Junior Vice-President Tim Game SC and Treasurer Chrissa Loukas SC will host the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas (gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au).

Open Day for Female Law Students - volunteer barristers wanted

Fri Oct 14 2016

Volunteer barristers are needed for Female Student Open Day on Friday, 21 October 2016. Organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee the Open Day provides a wonderful opportunity for female law students to meet barristers and observe a day spent in chambers and at court. The Open Day program is available here. For more information, contact Ting Lim at the Bar Association.

ABA High Court silk bows and dinner 2017

Fri Oct 14 2016

All new silks from 2016 will be invited to take their bows before the High Court of Australia at 3.30pm on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 in Courtroom 1. The dinner to mark the occasion will be held that evening in the Great Hall of the High Court at 7.00pm. All barristers, not just the new silks, and their partners are invited to attend. To RSVP, click here.

2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – all welcome

Fri Oct 14 2016

Members and their friends are invited to the 2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 28 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from 17 October at the Bar Association Reception(1 ticket $5; 3 tickets $10; 7 tickets $20; 20 tickets $50). RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Friday, 21 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Katie or Hannah on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there.

Papers to note: amendment to the UCPR

Fri Oct 14 2016

On 4 October 2016, the Uniform Rules Committee approved Amendment No 78 to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules.

The amendments are to rules 4.10, 4.12 and 10.8. Each of these rules relates to the filing and service of documents with court registries by using an authorised document exchange (DX) system.

Some registries have ceased using DX as a means to send and receive documents for filing. Notably, the Supreme Court ceased using DX on 30 September 2016. The amendment to each of these rules omits outdated references to the use of DX addresses for registries. For those registries still using DX, a broad interpretation of ‘post’ will be given to accept documents for filing by DX.

The amendment was published on the NSW Legislation Website on 14 October 2016 and commenced today.