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Commencement of Law Term 2018 Services

Mon Dec 11 2017

The various services for the commencement of the 2018 Law Year, listed chronologically, are as follows:

Red Mass

  • Time: 9.00am
  • Date: Monday, 29 January 2018
  • Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
  • Celebrant: Most Rev Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
  • Further Details: Judges and counsel are invited to robe in the Crypt from 8:30 am. There will be a procession of judges and counsel into the Cathedral. Morning tea will be served in Cathedral House immediately after the ceremony for those wishing to attend.

Anglican Service

  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Date: Monday, 29 January 2018
  • Venue: St James’ Anglican Church, King Street, Sydney
  • Celebrants: The Most Rev Dr Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, and the Rev Andrew Sempell, Rector of St James’ Church.
  • Further Details: Members of the NSW Judiciary, Bar and legal profession are invited to attend the Anglican 2018 Law Term Church Service.

Pan Orthodox Divine Liturgy

  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Date: Tuesday, 6 February 2018
  • Venue: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern
  • Celebrant: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia
  • Further Details: A procession to the Cathedral will be led by His Eminence and by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, the Hon T F Bathurst AC. Those wishing to robe are invited to do so in the Rectory. At the conclusion of the service, a light buffet and refreshments will be served at the Reception Room the Archdiocese.

Jewish Service

  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Date: Wednesday, 7 February 2018
  • Venue: The Great Synagogue, 166 Castlereagh Street, Sydney (Enter from Elizabeth Street, Sydney)
  • Further Details: A procession will be led by The Hon. T. F. Bathurst AC, Chief Justice. The service will be followed by a reception. To attend please see RSVP by using the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/SQAE

Islamic Service

  • Time: 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Date: Thursday, 15 February 2018
  • Venue: Auburn Gallipoli Mosque Cnr Gelibolu Parade & Dartbrook Avenue, Auburn
  • Other Details: Guests are requested to arrive at 6 pm so that the service can commence on time. Light refreshments will be served. For all enquiries and to RSVP, please contact us via the following email address: events@muslimleganetworknsw.com Please note that the Auburn Mosque Committee has requested that attendees kindly observe a modest dress code for the event. For example, we would be grateful if shoulders and knees were covered and high neck shirts are worn.

2018 Regional CPD Conference Series - Programs

Mon Dec 11 2017

We are pleased to announce the release of the draft programs for 2018 Regional CPD Conference Series.

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast - Program
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta - Program
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle - Program
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange - Program
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney - Program

Registrations are OPEN. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Mon Dec 11 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Vale George Miller

Mon Dec 11 2017

George Miller, former chief industrial magistrate and magistrate, has died. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Farewell to her Honour Judge Sexton

Fri Dec 08 2017

A ceremonial sitting of the Federal Circuit Court will be held in Courtroom 7C, Level 7, Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulbum Street, Sydney, at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 to farewell her Honour Judge Robyn Sexton as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Michael Kearney SC will be speaking on behalf of the Bar Association.

RACS needs your support

Fri Dec 08 2017

Charity at the New South Wales Bar

On 11 October 2017 the Bar Association hosted a special event in honour of Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) with Professor Gillian Triggs and The Hon Michael Kirby AC. Those who attended heard about the extraordinary work of RACS which provides free, highly specialised legal services to vulnerable, financially disadvantaged people seeking asylum.

RACS now has another very serious challenge and they are reaching out for support. After lodging their visa applications (stage 1), people now need to do written submissions and attend government interviews, requiring 10+ hours of face-to-face time per person. RACS’s goal is to assist 1,000 individuals and families including 300 Rohingya, through this process.

RACS lawyer Rawan Arraf discusses current crisis.

This Christmas, please help to ensure that no one faces the complex legal process of seeking asylum alone.

The link to donate is here.

Bar Council business for June-August 2017

Fri Dec 08 2017

Bar Council met on 8 & 22 June, 27 July and 10 August 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 8 June, 22 June, 27 July and 10 August.

Vale Sol Bellear AM

Fri Dec 08 2017

Statement from Arthur Moses SC, President of the New South Wales Bar Association, on the passing of Sol Bellear AM

The New South Wales Bar Association notes with great sadness the passing of Sol Bellear AM on 30 November 2017. Sol had accepted my invitation to address the Bar at a function on Monday, 11 December 2017 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Redfern Park Speech. As a mark of respect to Sol’s family and friends, we have postponed the function until early next year. We, as a nation, are diminished by the unexpected loss of this inspirational Australian. Sol dedicated his life to the betterment of Indigenous people. He fought tirelessly against injustice and inequality, which, sadly, continues to be a stain on our nation’s character.

Sol Bellear enjoyed the respect and admiration of lawyers across New South Wales, young and old. He was the inaugural chairperson of the Aboriginal Legal Service and the long-serving chairperson of the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern. He was also a champion of Justice Reinvestment, which continues to offer one of the few promising ways to break the tragic cycle of Aboriginal disadvantage, crime, incarceration and reoffending in western New South Wales.

Sol was, of course, a Bundjalung man from Mullumbimby and a staunch advocate for land rights. In more recent times, he supported the Uluru Statement from the Heart. His funeral will be held at 11.00am on Saturday, 9 December 2017 at Redfern Oval.

On behalf of the NSW Bar, I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

ABA Silks Ceremony and Dinner

Thu Dec 07 2017

The Australian Bar Association will hold its annual dinner on the night of the new silks taking their bows in the High Court. The dinner will be held in the Great Hall of the High Court in Canberra on Monday, 5 February 2018 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. All judges and barristers, not just the new silks, and their partners are invited to attend. Dress for the evening is formal and the cost for the dinner is $400 per person (including GST). Members of the judiciary and friends of counsel who wish to attend the dinner should complete an RSVP, together with the appropriate payment, by Wednesday, 17 January 2018.

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Dec 07 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2018 Regional CPD Conference Series - Programs

Thu Dec 07 2017

We are pleased to announce the release of the draft programs for 2018 Regional CPD Conference Series.

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast - Program
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta - Program
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle - Program
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange - Program
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney - Program

Registrations are OPEN. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

Redfern Speech - 25th Anniversary event postponed

Wed Dec 06 2017
Social justice

The Bar Association had scheduled an event for Monday, 11 December 2017 commemorating the 25th anniversary of former prime minister Paul Keating’s Redfern Park Speech. Unfortunately, that event is postponed until further notice. InBrief will advise members of the new date as soon as it is known.

The 25th anniversary of the Redfern Park Speech is an opportunity for members of the association to reflect upon the extent to which progress has been made in relation to the various issues raised in the speech and, more importantly, the work still to be done.

CDPP External Junior Counsel Panel

Wed Dec 06 2017
Panels

The closing date for junior counsel applications to be appointed to the Commonwealth DPP's External Junior Counsel Panel is 13 December 2017.

The application process is an opportunity for new counsel to join an existing four year Panel that was established in 2016 and will be in place until 2020. The Panel approach allows the CDPP to boost the number of junior counsel briefed, improve gender equity in its briefing practices and create a quick and easy application process for counsel seeking to be briefed. Further, by having a Panel which is reviewed every four years, the CDPP can ensure that the advocates it briefs have up-to-date and relevant experience to undertake prosecution work for the CDPP.

A factsheet, which provides greater detail about the Panel is available here.

Applications close on 13 December 2017, and must be submitted via the CDPP website: www.cdpp.gov.au

Counsel currently on the Panel need not apply, however they may take this opportunity to update their details and work experience via their website

For further information, please email counselpanel@cdpp.gov.au.

Legal Aid News for December

Wed Dec 06 2017

Legal Aid News for December 2017 is out now. There is a feature article on the Work and Development Order Scheme, which has assisted vulnerable clients in communities throughout NSW to clear over $100 million in unpaid fines. There's a report on a scheme giving a second chance to disqualified drivers to resume lawful driving. There is more news for panel lawyers, updates on community legal education and resources, as well as courses and conferences. You can view the newsletter here.

United Nations Day Lecture

Wed Dec 06 2017

The United Nations Day Lecture was held yesterday, 5 December 2017 in Court 1, Federal Court of Australia. The lecture marked 50 years since the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was founded. Speakers included Tim Castle, barrister and chair of UNCCA and the Hon Justice Rares, while the event was chaired by Chrissa Loukas SC. They can be seen here with Bob Ellicott QC (L to R: Loukas SC, Rares J, Ellicott QC, Castle).

InBrief in the Christmas-New Year season

Tue Dec 05 2017

InBrief will be winding down its daily distribution over the Christmas-New Year period. Beginning Monday, 11 December 2017, bulletins will be distributed once or twice per week. Normal service will resume on Monday, 22 January 2018. If you have any suggestions as to stories that should be covered by InBrief or how we can improve the service it provides to members, please let us know via inbrief@nswbar.asn.au

Papers to note: NCAT 2016-17 Annual Report

Tue Dec 05 2017
Annual reports

The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has published its 2016-17 annual report, according to which, there were 66,897 matters finally disposed of during the reporting year. Learn more here.

Findings of urgent Corrective Services review must be made public

Tue Dec 05 2017
Law reform and public affairs

President Arthur Moses SC has called for the NSW Department of Corrective Services to make public the results of its inquiry into the treatment of Eric Whittaker (36), an Indigenous prisoner who remained in ankle cuffs as he lay dying in Westmead Hospital's ICU.

Mr Moses released the following statement:

Whilst noting that there is yet to be an explanation by the Department of Corrective Services as to how Mr Whittaker’s treatment complied with its protocols in relation to prisoners who are receiving medical treatment, the NSW Bar Association is concerned that there may have been the inappropriate use of restraints on Mr Whittaker, whilst he lay dying in a hospital bed. All human beings deserve to die with dignity-no family should have seen their father, brother and son die whilst shackled to a bed. I urge the Department to urgently complete its review and make public the findings in order to minimise the chance of this occurring again.

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Dec 05 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2018 Regional CPD Conference Series - Programs

Tue Dec 05 2017

We are pleased to announce the release of the draft programs for 2018 Regional CPD Conference Series.

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast - Program
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta - Program
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle - Program
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange - Program
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney - Program

Registrations are OPEN. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

2018 Regional CPD Conference Series - Programs

Mon Dec 04 2017

We are pleased to announce the release of the draft programs for 2018 Regional CPD Conference Series.

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast - Program
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta - Program
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle - Program
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange - Program
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney - Program

Registrations are OPEN. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

Golf day

Mon Dec 04 2017
Bar sports

The Bench & Bar v Solicitors Golf match will be held on Monday, 22 January 18 at Manly Golf Club. InBrief will publish further details closer to the day.

Papers to note: OLSC 2016-17 Annual Report

Mon Dec 04 2017

The 2016-17 Annual Report of the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner has been tabled in the New South Wales Parliament. It shows that in the 2016-2017 reporting year, the OLSC received a total of 2,579 written complaints. Learn more here.