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Annual Criminal Law Dinner

Sun Jul 23 2017

Tickets are still available for the Annual Criminal Law Dinner and presentation of the Terry Keaney Award on Thursday 3 August at the International Convention Centre, Cockle Bay Room, Darling Harbour, from 6:00pm to 12:00am. Speaking at the dinner will be the Honourable Justice Lucy McCallum.

Terry Keaney was a barrister at Frederick Jordan Chambers and then a Public Defender before he passed away in the prime of his life. The award named in his honour is for service above and beyond the call of duty by a criminal defence lawyer.

The event is held under the auspices of Legal Aid NSW and is already well attended by a diverse range of barristers, solicitors and judicial officers. Usually sold out well in advance, this year’s change to a larger venue means that more tickets are available. However, they are selling fast. Full details, including how to obtain tickets, are contained in the attached flyer.

BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A

Fri Jul 21 2017
CPD - Monday, 31 July 2017

Presented by Peter Callaghan SC, Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Philip Bambagiotti. Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here

The panel of experienced Arbitrators will address any questions arising from participants. This Q&A session is a follow on from the BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening held on 18 July 2017. If you were unable to attend the BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening please view the seminar here (Please note a username and password in is required). Attendance at, or the online viewing of, the seminar conducted on 18 July 2017 forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators.
This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Fri Jul 21 2017
Coming up in CPD Next Week- Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

Court and tribunal fee increases

Thu Jul 20 2017
Court fees

Attorney General Mark Speakman SC has written to President Arthur Moses SC, notifying him of a 2.13% increase from 1 July to court and tribunal fees. In addition there will be an increase in the fee charged by court registries to retrieve files from offsite storage facilities (to $80). There will now be a prescribed fee for the Supreme Court Registry to reissue documents due to errors caused by the legally represented party seeking its reissue. Information about court fees is available here.

Juror and Crown witness attendance allowances have increased by 2.1% for matters of more than 11 days.

Accountability and the Law 2017 Conference - four weeks to go

Thu Jul 20 2017
17 August 2017 at Parliament House, Canberra

With experts from across legal and academic fields, the Accountability & the Law Conference will discuss the weaknesses in the current federal accountability system and suggest mechanisms for reform, including the establishment of a federal anti-corruption commission. Speakers include former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, counsel assisting ICAC Geoffrey Watson SC, Federal Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC MP and barristers Bret Walker SC and Fiona McLeod SC. For the full program click here. For further information and to purchase tickets please visit www.accountabilityconference.org.au

Steven Finch SC appointed to the Professional Standards Council

Thu Jul 20 2017
Appointments

The minister for innovation and better regulation has, upon a recommendation of the president of the New South Wales Bar Association, supported by the Law Society of NSW, confirmed the appointment of Steven Finch SC to the Professional Standards Council.

State Reports New South Wales now available online

Thu Jul 20 2017
Law reports

As readers of InBrief's august sister publication, the Bar Library Bulletin, will know, the entire State Reports (NSW) report series is now available to read online for free on the NSWLR website www.nswlr.com.au or you can download a PDF copy of an individual case using the pay-per-view facility. Chief Justice Tom Bathurst AC officially launched the online collection at an event at the Supreme Court on 28 June 2017. Read the joint media release from the Council of Law Reporting for NSW and Thomson Reuters here.

Child sexual abuse, memory and complainants' evidence

Thu Jul 20 2017
Reports to note

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published a report, Empirical Guidance on the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Memory and Complainants’ Evidence. In a letter to the president of the Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, the Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM, chair of the commission, predicted that the report will be relevant to judicial officers, the legal profession, expert witnesses and teachers of law. Copies can be found on the royal commission's website.

2017 Victims' Voices Conference: Making Stronger Connections

Thu Jul 20 2017
Conferences

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has put the criminal justice system under the microscope. This conference will build on the work of the royal commission, understand what victims have said about their experiences and explore what can be done to improve processes to ensure agencies make the best possible connection with victims of crime. This conference in Sydney on 2 August 2017, organised by the ODPP NSW, will be of interest to prosecutors, witness assistance officers and other professionals involved in the provision of advice and support to victims of crime.

Access the full agenda and register for this course via the eventbrite page here.

NSWLR print subscriptions

Thu Jul 20 2017

Annual print subscriptions for the New South Wales Law Reports are now due for renewal. A reminder that if you have been at the Bar less than five years you can buy a print subscription for half price. For pricing please visit the website www.nswlr.com.au or contact NSWLR Customer Service at sales@nswlr.com.au or (02) 9223 9028.

Amendment to Local Court Practice Note Civ 1

Wed Jul 19 2017
Practice and procedure

Amendments to Practice Note Civ 1: Case Management of Civil Proceedings in the Local Court took effect on Monday, 17 July 2017. Following recent amendments in regard to the making and determination of written applications for parties to appear and/or witnesses to give evidence via AVL or telephone, some further changes have been made to chapter 24 to take account of differences in procedure and terminology adopted in the Small Claims Division. View the amended practice note here.

Bar FC draw 2-2 with Investors Mutual

Wed Jul 19 2017
Bar sports

Bar FC started its preparations for the Tri State Championship taking place in September with a 2-2 draw against Investors Mutual in the Domain Soccer League today. With goals from both D’Arville and Morrison to level the score, it certainly looked as though a win was a real possibility as Bar FC had the better play in the second half. Player of the match was d’Arville who was given the job of man marking Investor’s playmaker and major threat. Frustrated by the attention he received, errors quickly followed allowing d’Arville to pounce and turn defence quickly into attack.

Our next game is 26 July 2017 at 1.15 p.m. All supporters of the team or lovers of the beautiful game are welcome. The squad today was a follows:

  • Justin Hogan Doran
  • Simon Philips
  • Sebastian Hartford Davis
  • Ivan Griscti
  • John Harris (GK)
  • Geoff O'Shea
  • Alexander Kuklik
  • Joe Hunter
  • Kate Stanton
  • Anais D'Arville
  • Tim Hackett
  • Hugh Morrison
  • Rico

2017 Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Wed Jul 19 2017
Lectures

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation invites members to the 2017 Sir Garfield Barwick Address, which will be delivered by David Bennett AC QC at a dinner to be held at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. To reserve your place, download and complete a registration form and RSVP by Friday, 18 August 2017.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Wed Jul 19 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

2017 Judicial Q&A

Wed Jul 19 2017
Seminars

Barristers under 7 years are invited to the Judicial Q&A event – a great opportunity for under 7s to meet, greet and ask questions of the panel and socialise together. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, 2 August in the Bar Association Common Room from 5.15pm, with drinks to follow the panel discussion from 6.15pm. The Judicial Panel is the The Hon Justice Brigitte Markovic, the Hon Justice David Hammerschlag and the Hon Judge Warwick Hunt. For more information and to RSVP please see the Judicial Q&A website. RSVPs close Monday, 24 July.

The 2017 Judicial Q&A event is kindly sponsored by Bar Cover.

2017 Common Law Drinks

Tue Jul 18 2017
Bar Social Events

Judges, barristers and clerks are invited to attend the 2017 Common Law Drinks on Thursday, 24 August. The drinks will be held in the Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar, 55-65 Elizabeth St, Sydney. The drinks mark the 89th anniversary the momentous event in common law where Mrs Mary May Donoghue drinking ginger beer from the tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. The guest speaker on the evening will be the Hon Justice Ian Harrison of the Supreme Court of NSW. Drinks begin at 5.30pm and cost $75 for judges and barristers over 5 years and $55 for barristers under 5 years and clerks.

RSVP's Close 16 August 2017

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Sports Law Conference and “State of Origin” Football Challenge

Tue Jul 18 2017
Conferences

Plans for the Annual Suncorp Bar Challenge Tournament and Sports Law Conference, which will take place on Saturday, 9 September 2017, have been finalised. Details of the conference speakers, the dinner and related festivities including as to when and how to register are available here.

The conference and dinner is open to all members of the Bar and the Judiciary.

Given the 10th anniversary year, NSW Bar FC would like to especially encourage all foundation members including those who may have “hung up the boots”, to be a part of what promises to be a wonderful day and evening.

For further information, please contact Anthony Lo Surdo SC (9233 3181 or losurdo@12thfloor.com.au)

2017 Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Tue Jul 18 2017
Lectures

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation invites members to the 2017 Sir Garfield Barwick Address, which will be delivered by David Bennett AC QC at a dinner to be held at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. To reserve your place, download and complete a registration form and RSVP by Friday, 18 August 2017.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Tue Jul 18 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening

Tue Jul 18 2017
CPD Tonight - Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Presented by Ian Davidson SC, Chair, ADR Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Registration is required. To register, and for more information, please contact Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au. Attendance at this seminar forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

This seminar will be followed by a BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A session on Tuesday 1 August. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Opportunity to join 13th Floor St James Hall

Mon Jul 17 2017
Chambers for sale

Expressions of interest are invited to join 13th Floor St James Hall. The available room would suit a senior, junior or senior junior barrister and is fully fitted out with shelving and cupboards. It is 6 m x 3.5 m, located on the Phillip Street side of the building and receives natural light.

13th Floor St James Hall has 7 silks and 17 juniors with a variety of practice areas including administrative law, commercial, common law, crime, defamation, equity and trusts, intellectual property, native title, real property, and succession. There is an extensive floor library with most loose leaf services, internet facilities and a large conference room for the use of floor members. If you would like to arrange a time to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Eugenie Crosby.

All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be directed to the Clerk at clerk.13@stjames.net.au. Expressions of interest will be afforded the strictest confidence.

End of financial year drinks at the Association of Corporate Counsel

Mon Jul 17 2017
Direct briefing

The president of the NSW Division of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia has informed the president of the Bar Association that members of the New South Wales Bar are invited to attend the ACC EOFY Drinks on 26 July 2017. The details for registering can be found here.