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Book Launch: The Future of Australian Legal Education

Tue Oct 30 2018

You are warmly invited to the launch of the book, The Future of Australian Legal Education, by the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, the President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. The book, published by Thomson Reuters, is a collection of papers that were presented at the Conference held under the same title in August 2017 by the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Law Journal on the occasion of their 10th and 90th anniversaries (respectively).

  • When: Wednesday 28 November 2018
  • Time: 5.30 pm
  • Where: Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Level 13, Law Courts Building, Sydney

The launch in the Banco Court will be followed by “Christmas refreshments” in the foyer.

For more information and to register click here.

Retirement Ceremony for The Hon Justice Mark Le Poer Trench

Tue Oct 30 2018

A ceremonial sitting of the Family Court will be held in Courtroom 7C, Level 7, Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney, at 4:30pm on Thursday, 1 November 2018 to farewell the Honourable Justice Mark Le Poer Trench as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Michael Kearney SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar.

In order to facilitate final arrangements, please RSVP to Ms Adriana Coutman here by 26 October 2018.

District Court delays and resourcing - ABC News Article

Tue Oct 30 2018
Advocacy

ABC TV News featured a story last night on District Court resourcing, featuring comments from President Arthur Moses SC welcoming the appointment of seven additional judges, but also raising the need for a review of the court’s operations. To view the news bulletin, click here.

AAWJ - Invitation to attend a screening of the movie The Judge

Tue Oct 30 2018
Wellbeing

The Australian Association of Women Judges invites you to attend a screening of the movie The Judge, which follows one of the first female judges to serve in an Islamic court of law. It has been described as “an intimate profile of Kholoud al-Faqih, who in 2009 was one of two women appointed to preside over a sharia court in the West Bank — becoming the first in that role in the Palestinian territories and still among only a few such female judges in the world.”

Date: Friday 30th November, 2018 Screening 5.30pm to approx. 7.15pm (film 97 minutes) Venue: Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square, Sydney After Screening: Informal Drinks and Nibbles

Registrations are essential. For more information and for details on how to register please click here.

Malcolm Turnbull to be Guest of Honour - rise2018 Formal Dinner - Register Now!

Tue Oct 30 2018
Registrations close 5 November, register here now!

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, former prime minister of Australia, will join guests at the conference’s black tie dinner on Friday, 16 November. An exclusive opportunity to hear from Mr Turnbull.

Register now!

Join guests for an evening of inspiring conversation and gourmet canapes and three-course menu with expertly matched wines. We encourage you to join the conversation, entertain clients and network with members of the Bench, Bar, Government and Media.

  • When: Friday 16 November, 6.30pm-10.30pm
  • Where: The Cutaway, Barangaroo
  • Who: open to all professions, those not attending the conference may still buy tickets or tables at the dinner
  • Cost: $340 each| $3,400 per table of 10 | $10,000 for a VIP table of 10

Single or group tickets (including tables of 10) are available for purchase through the conference website. If you are interested in buying a VIP table at this dinner, please contact conferences@austbar.asn.au.

A detailed program, including social events, can be found here.

Tonight: The 2018 Plunkett Lecture - “The Royal Prerogative of Mercy”

Mon Oct 29 2018

On Monday, 29 October 2018 the attorney general of New South Wales, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, will deliver the 2018 Plunkett Lecture at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. The attorney general’s topic of address will be “The Royal Prerogative of Mercy”. Senior vice-president of the Bar Association, Tim Game SC will chair the lecture. Learn more here.

Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture.

Pre-trial disclosure amendment commences 2 November

Mon Oct 29 2018
Practice and procedure

The Criminal Procedure Amendment (Pre-Trial) Disclosure Act 2018 commences on Friday, 2 November 2018. The Act gives effect to recommendations of the statutory review of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 with respect to the mandatory pre-trial disclosure by the prosecutor and the accused person of certain evidence and other matters in proceedings for indictable offences. The Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee were consulted on the amendments and provided a submission in response to the statutory review.

Members may view the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Pre-Trial) Disclosure Act 2018 here.

Amendment to the High Court Rules

Mon Oct 29 2018
Practice and procedure

The High Court Amendment (Constitutional Writs and Other Matters) Rules 2018 will commence on 1 November 2018. Following a review of the provisions in the High Court Rules 2004 relating to applications for writs of mandamus, prohibition, certiorari, habeas corpus and quo warranto, the justices of the High Court have agreed a number of amendments to Part 25 of the Rules to provide a more streamlined procedure for the filing and consideration of applications. Learn more here.

Defamation law reform in an online world

Mon Oct 29 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council will host two seminars in Sydney on comparative law issues in defamation law reform - on 31 October and 8 November 2018. Speakers include Michael Sexton SC, solicitor-general for NSW, Justice Steven Rares, Federal Court of Australia, Justice Robert Beech-Jones, Supreme Court of NSW. Information about topics, speakers and registrations is available here.

WBF Cocktails and Canapes to celebrate the women silks of 2018

Mon Oct 29 2018
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum invites members to join them for cocktails and canapes at the Verandah Bar Restaurant on Wednesday 7 November from 5.30 - 7.30pm, to celebrate the appointment of women senior counsel for 2018. Guest speaker will be The Hon Justice Lucy McCallum. All members are welcome. Early bird registration ends 1 November 2018. Please register here.

Additional judges welcome but District Court review still needed

Mon Oct 29 2018
Message from President Arthur Moses SC

President Arthur Moses SC has welcomed today’s announcement by Attorney General Mark Speakman SC of an additional seven permanent judges for the District Court of NSW.

"The Bar Association has been very concerned for some time about the lack of resourcing and other support for District Court judges in the face of a crushing workload", Mr Moses said.

Read the president's media statement here.

Election of the 2019 Bar Council - the ballot

Mon Oct 29 2018
Governance

Ballot papers for the election of the 2019 Bar Council have been mailed to all those eligible to vote. Ballot papers received after 1.00pm on Thursday, 1 November 2018 will not be counted. Learn more here.

Appearing before Tribunals

Mon Oct 29 2018
Continuing Professional Development

Please join Deputy Presidents of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as they discuss tips for effective advocacy when appearing before tribunals. The panel includes The Hon. Acting Judge Jennifer Boland AM, Deputy President, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ms Jan Redfern PSM, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Surya Palaniappan, Sixth Floor. Learn more here.

The seminar will be held in the Law Society, Level 3, 170 Philip Street commencing at 5.15pm.

This is the second CPD in the Women Barristers Forum’s Advocacy Skills Series.

Swearing-in for Lea Armstrong - Correction - held at 9.15am

Fri Oct 26 2018
Appointments

Lea Armstrong will be sworn-in as a Supreme Court judge and as president of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 9.15am in the Banco Court. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Change of Venue - Appearing before Tribunals

Fri Oct 26 2018
Wednesday, October 31 2018 - Appearing before Tribunals

Please join Deputy Presidents of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as they discuss tips for effective advocacy when appearing before tribunals. The panel includes The Hon. Acting Judge Jennifer Boland AM, Deputy President, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ms Jan Redfern PSM, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Surya Palaniappan, Sixth Floor. Learn more here.

The seminar will be held in the Law Society, Level 3, 170 Philip Street commencing at 5.15pm.

This is the second CPD in the Women Barristers Forum’s Advocacy Skills Series.

Bar President supports Tasmanian Criminal Defence Lawyers

Thu Oct 25 2018
Message from President Arthur Moses SC

The President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, has today supported the president of the Law Society of Tasmania, Will Justo, in condemning remarks by a Tasmanian State Government Minister about criminal defence lawyers.

As reported in LawyersWeekly, available here, president Justo has sought an apology from the Tasmanian Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Michael Ferguson MP, for comments made in August which Mr Justo described as "without foundation, dishonourable and disgraceful".

In an open letter to the Minister, Mr Justo said that “The maintenance of the rule of law requires a strong and independent legal profession. That profession stands up to government overreach and represents the vulnerable, including those charged with criminal offences. It is often not a popular thing to do, but fairness demands that everyone, including those charged with a crime, be given a fair go. Unfortunately, your comments demonstrate that you have little idea or regard for such important principles.”

Mr Moses said today that “President Justo is right - a skilled, respected and independent legal profession remains as fundamental to the rule of law and the proper administration of justice as ever before”.

“I join with President Justo in condemning the Minister’s remarks. Criminal defence lawyers play an important role in putting the prosecution to proof and ensuring that vulnerable, unpopular or offensive people, or persons associated with unpopular causes such as those facing criminal charges, are not left without representation in courts of justice.

"Lawyers should never flinch from their duty to help all those who are elected to parliament - ministers above all - understand and accept that the privileges of legal representation should not only be available to the powerful or the popular," Mr Moses said.

GayBar Drinks

Thu Oct 25 2018
Diversity

LGBTQIA identifying members of the Bar, and allies, are warmly invited to the second social gathering, GayBar, to be held at Martin Place Chambers on 7 December 2018 at 6.00pm.

For more details contact Mark Seymour via Michele Kearns here or Michelle Swift here.

RSVP essential so please do so by 16 November 2018.

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Swearing-in for Lea Armstrong

Thu Oct 25 2018
Appointments

Lea Armstrong will be sworn-in as a Supreme Court judge and as president of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 9.30am in the Banco Court. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

WBF Cocktails and Canapes to celebrate the women silks of 2018

Thu Oct 25 2018
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum invites members to join them for cocktails and canapes at the Verandah Bar Restaurant on Wednesday 7 November from 5.30 - 7.30pm, to celebrate the appointment of women senior counsel for 2018. Guest speaker will be The Hon Justice Lucy McCallum. All members are welcome. Early bird registration ends 1 November 2018. Please register here.

The 2018 Plunkett Lecture - “The Royal Prerogative of Mercy”

Wed Oct 24 2018

On Monday, 29 October 2018 the Attorney General of New South Wales, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, will deliver the 2018 Plunkett Lecture at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. The Attorney General’s topic of address will be “The Royal Prerogative of Mercy”. Senior Vice-President of the Bar Association, Tim Game SC will chair the lecture. Learn more here.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Lecture.

Media Release - Family Court CEO casts doubt on PwC report Claims

Wed Oct 24 2018

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney General says Chief Executive and Principal Registrar of the Family Court Warwick Soden has cast doubt on a key assumption regarding Family Court efficiency, which the government has used to justify its planned amalgamation of the Family and Federal Circuit Courts. For a full copy of the media release click here.

Celebrating Women Law Breakfast with Julia Baird

Wed Oct 24 2018
Diversity

Join us and our Guest Speaker Julia Baird for the Celebrating Women Law Breakfast on the opening morning of the rise2018 National Conference.

Host of The Drum on ABCTV, a columnist for the New York Times, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, Julia is a critically acclaimed and best-selling author.

Register now!

  • When: Friday 16 November, 7.15am
  • Where: Planar Restaurant, Darling Harbour
  • Who: open to all professions, those not attending the conference may still buy tickets
  • Cost: $95

A detailed program, including social events, can be found here.

Sydney Lawyers Orchestra concert for Armistice Day

Wed Oct 24 2018
Collegiality

Sydney Lawyers Orchestra will perform a special commemorative concert, with the New South Wales Bar Choir, on Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 7.00pm to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The concert will be held in Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street. Learn more here.

The 35th Great Bar Boat Race - 2018

Wed Oct 24 2018
Wellbeing

The 35th Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 17 December 2018 beginning in the vicinity of Shark Island at 11.00am and finishing at Store Beach. All enquiries should be addressed to Adrian Gruzman on 0400 22-2211 or adrian@gruzman.com.au. The Notice of Race will be available shortly.