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2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed Nov 21 2018

The 2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by Professor Adrienne Stone, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, Director, Centre of Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School on 5 December 2018 at 5.15 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. The title of the lecture is 'Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law'.

All are welcome to attend.

The 2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055.

How to save a life: seeking orders for health care for detained asylum seekers

Wed Nov 21 2018
Coming up in CPD tomorrow!

On Thursday, November 22, Geoffrey Watson SC, Barrister, New Chambers; Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis MB ChB FRACS, FAOrthA, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Dr Barri Phatarfod MB BS, President, Doctors for Refugees will present "How to save a life: seeking orders for health care for detained asylum seekers". The event will be chaired by Shane Prince SC, Human Rights Committee. Learn more about the seminar here and the speakers here.

This seminar has been organised by the Human Rights Committee of the NSW Bar Association.

The Rule of Law in the Age of Statutes

Tue Nov 20 2018

The next AACL seminar, titled "The Rule of Law in the Age of Statutes", will be held on Wednesday, 21 November 2018.

  • Time: 5.15–7.00pm (with AGM to take place from 5.15-5.30pm)
  • Place: Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square (Courtroom 18A)
  • Speaker: Dr Lisa Burton Crawford, UNSW
  • Commentators: Justice John Basten, New South Wales Court of Appeal Mr Stephen Lloyd SC, Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth
  • Chair: Ms Anna Garsia, 12 Wentworth Selborne

Coming up in CPD

Tue Nov 20 2018

Thursday, November 22 2018 - How to save a life: seeking orders for health care for detained asylum seekers

Presented by Geoffrey Watson SC, Barrister, New Chambers; Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis MB ChB FRACS, FAOrthA, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Dr Barri Phatarfod MB BS, President, Doctors for Refugees and chair: Shane Prince SC, Human Rights Committee. Learn more about the seminar here and the speakers here.

This seminar has been organised by the Human Rights Committee of the NSW Bar Association.

Tuesday, November 27 2018- Litigation on two fronts: when family law and criminal law intersect

Presented by Suzanne Christie SC, Culwulla Chambers and April Francis, Forbes Chambers. Learn more here. Please note this seminar will commence at 5.30pm.

This seminar has been organised by the Family Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association.

Wednesday, November 28 2018 - In Conversation with Hament Dhanji SC

Interviewer: Sam Pararajasingham and Interviewee: Hament Dhanji SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee of the NSW Bar Association.

Tuesday, December 04 2018- The Time is Ripe: The Case for both a Federal and New South Wales Human Rights Act

Presented by Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, and former Attorney-General of Victoria, Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, President and Human Rights Commissioner of the ACT Human Rights Commission and Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre. Learn more here.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register please click here. Limited places available. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

This seminar has been organised by the Human Rights Committee of the NSW Bar Association in conjunction with the NSW Law Society, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Human Rights Law Centre and Gilbert + Tobin

RACS Fast-Track Judicial Review Workshop

Tue Nov 20 2018

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) will run another fast track judicial review workshop in Sydney, based on the Law Institute of Victoria training materials. It is scheduled for Monday, 26 November 2018, from 6.00–8.00pm at Lander & Rogers in the CBD. Participants will need to prepare by viewing training videos and reading materials. It is a great opportunity for those wanting to contribute to RACS’s judicial review referral service: Justice for Refugees (J4R). For more information, contact Nadine Darling at RACS.

The Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) would like to thank the Bar Association and its members for the ongoing support of our Justice for Refugees, judicial review referral service for people seeking asylum who came by boat. The pro bono support received from barristers since the project began in 2016 has made a tangible difference to the lives of many people. The patron of RACS, the Hon Michael Kirby, said recently: "this is not a good time for the rule of law in Australia….. we have to engage the very best lawyers for those who come seeking sanctuary in our country…. years from now we will look back on this time and we will be surprised at what we have done but we will honour those who have assisted, who can make sure the rule of law is a reality for those who come to us seeking asylum."

Since the commencement of Justice for Refugees (J4R) pro bono barristers have provided 190 opinions on prospects of success for clients who can’t afford legal assistance. Of those, about 70 opinions have been positive and RACS have found instructing solicitors from their network of 18 pro bono law firms to run the matters in the Federal Circuit Court.

But there is much more to do for the fast track group (the people who came by boat after August 13 2012) with just over half of the estimated 7000 fast track applicants in NSW having had their protection visa applications processed. RACS could easily be approached by about 400 more clients needing help. That is why RACS needs more barristers and law firms who are prepared to assist clients who are in genuine need.

Note: The material covered will be the same as the Workshops run on 23 Jan & 28 May 2018.

Vacancy at William Owen Chambers in Orange

Tue Nov 20 2018
Member services and benefits

A vacancy now exists at William Owen Chambers in Orange. These Chambers have been established since 1991. This is an opportunity to practice in the western region of the State, and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of living in a progressive and attractive regional city. Please contact Jack Cairn, mob: 0425 833 606 or click here to email. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

NSW Bar Choir Christmas Concert

Tue Nov 20 2018

The NSW Bar Choir will hold its annual Christmas Concert at St James' Church to raise funds for Minds Count Foundation (formerly named the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation).

  • Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Directed by: Peter Hidden
  • Organist: David Davies

For further information and to register click here.

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

Tue Nov 20 2018

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.

How to save a life: seeking orders for health care for detained asylum seekers

Mon Nov 19 2018
CPD this week!

On Thursday, November 22, Geoffrey Watson SC, Barrister, New Chambers; Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis MB ChB FRACS, FAOrthA, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Dr Barri Phatarfod MB BS, President, Doctors for Refugees will present "How to save a life: seeking orders for health care for detained asylum seekers". The event will be chaired by Shane Prince SC, Human Rights Committee. Learn more about the seminar here and the speakers here.

This seminar has been organised by the Human Rights Committee of the NSW Bar Association.

Rise2018 national conference

Mon Nov 19 2018
A message from President Tim Game SC

It was a great pleasure to co-host the Rise2018 national conference with the Australian Bar Association last week. By all accounts the conference was a great success, with five specialised streams, more than 36 sessions on topics of great importance and an impressive line up of speakers and panellists, including: the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon Susan Kiefel AC; the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC; the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, the Hon James Allsop AO; the Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon Tom Bathurst AC; the former Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon Robert French AC; the Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP; the Shadow Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP and the Attorneys-General of New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia; highly respected legal practitioners from around the country, including Bret Walker SC and Fiona McLeod SC; leading academics, including Professor Hilary Charlesworth; South Australian of the Year, Dr Richard Harris; journalists Julia Baird, Tony Jones, David Marr and Jamelle Wells. May I express my deep appreciation to all those who participated.

I would like to extend my thanks to the former President of the ABA, Noel Hutley SC, and the former President of the NSW Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, for chairing the conference steering committee and for their leadership in conference planning.

Conferences of this size are an enormous undertaking and a significant amount of work, time and energy goes into organising these events behind the scenes. The conference would not have been possible without the tireless efforts and dedication of the CEO of the ABA, Cindy Penrose and the Executive Director of the NSW Bar Association, Greg Tolhurst, who have worked for over twelve months to plan this event from start to finish to ensure the conference was a quality, rewarding experience for all our delegates, and a credit to both Associations. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Cindy and Greg for all their hard work, indefatigable enthusiasm and commitment over the last year.

The preparation of the conference involved close collaboration between the staff of the ABA and NSW Bar Association who worked tirelessly and collegially to bring the conference to fruition. I thank them all for their efforts and congratulate them on a job well done.

Dawn De Loas Correctional Centre: new legal visiting hours

Mon Nov 19 2018
Practice support

The Dawn de Loas Correctional Centre (minimum security correctional centre for male offenders at the Silverwater Correctional Complex) will have new visiting hours, effective 26 November 2018. The new times are:

  • Monday to Friday - 8:15am to 11:30am
  • Saturday & Sunday 8:15 to 11:15 am
  • Saturday & Sunday 12:15 to 2:45 pm

Practitioners wishing to book a legal visit should contact: ddladmin@justice.nsw.gov.au

Weekend legal visits will be conducted in the main visiting section.

No visits on Public Holidays

Room for Licence – Samuel Griffith Chambers

Mon Nov 19 2018
Member services and benefits

A large external room is available for licence at Samuel Griffith Chambers for a period up until October next year. All enquiries will be dealt with in confidence and may be directed to the Clerk of Chambers on 9267 34955 or at clerk@sgchambers.com.au

Celebrating the life of Murray Wilcox AO QC (1937-2018)

Mon Nov 19 2018
Vale

The Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC, former judge of the Federal Court of Australia and former chief justice of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, died on Thursday, 8 November 2018. A celebration of his life will be held at Willoughby Uniting Church on Friday, 23 November 2018 at 2.00pm.

Overcoming non-financial barriers to access to justice - Tonight

Fri Nov 16 2018

This is the third and final event in the Academy’s Access to Justice series for 2018. Whereas the second one focussed on “Overcoming financial barriers”, this time the debate will be on “Overcoming non-financial barriers”.

The non-financial barriers are various and numerous: difficulties associated with language, culture, age, geographical location, disabilities whether physical or intellectual, and others. We have a Chair and panel chosen for their interest and expertise in various areas of non-financial disadvantage that people experience in accessing our system of justice.

  • DATE: Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • TIME: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • PLACE: The Banco Court, Level 13 Law Courts Building,Queen’s Square, Sydney

Click here for more information and details on how to register.

Special Commission of Inquiry into Ice

Thu Nov 15 2018
Law Reform and Public Affairs

The NSW Government has announced that Dan Howard SC will head the Special Commission of Inquiry into Ice. Professor Howard is a former president of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and was a NSW Crown prosecutor for 15 years. He is currently a conjoint associate professor in the UNSW School of Psychiatry, and a visiting professorial fellow at the University of Wollongong School of Law. Learn more here.

New magistrates for the Local Court

Thu Nov 15 2018
Appointments

Attorney General Mark Speakman SC has announced the appointment of two new magistrates to the Local Court of NSW. David O'Neil, barrister at Maurice Byers Chambers, and Georgina Darcy, a solicitor at Legal Aid NSW for the last 13 years, will be sworn-in on Monday, 26 November 2018.

LCA Update

Thu Nov 15 2018

The Law Council has published its fortnightly Update, with coverage of Commonwealth prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery under the Intelligence Services Act 2001. There are stories on the Human Rights Commission's National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces and the LCA's shadow report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding Australia's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

NSW Bar Choir Christmas Concert

Wed Nov 14 2018

The NSW Bar Choir will hold its annual Christmas Concert at St James' Church to raise funds for Minds Count Foundation (formerly named the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation).

  • Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Directed by: Peter Hidden
  • Organist: David Davies

For further information and to register click here.

Family Court appeals

Wed Nov 14 2018

The Family Court will host a seminar titled 'Appeals to the Full Court - Preparation and Procedure, Crafting Grounds and Appellate Advocacy' on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Hosted by Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Justice Judith Ryan and Justice Murray Aldridge, the event will be held in the Level 8 Conference Room of the Lionel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

The Rule of Law in the Age of Statutes

Wed Nov 14 2018

The next AACL seminar will be held on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Details below are below:-

The Rule of Law in the Age of Statutes

  • Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018
  • Time: 5.15–7.00pm (with AGM to take place from 5.15-5.30pm)
  • Place: Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square (Courtroom 18A)
  • Speaker: Dr Lisa Burton Crawford, UNSW
  • Commentators: Justice John Basten, New South Wales Court of Appeal Mr Stephen Lloyd SC, Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth
  • Chair: Ms Anna Garsia, 12 Wentworth Selborne