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Submitting subpoenaed items online to NSW courts

Mon Aug 07 2017
Practice and procedure

The online eSubpoena service is now available for the return of subpoenaed documents to registries across the NSW Supreme, District, Local and Land and Environment Courts for civil matters. Subpoena respondents can electronically submit up to 50 files with a total size of 3GB, removing the need to personally deliver documents to civil registries across the state. Learn more here.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Mon Aug 07 2017
Services and benefits

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

New South Wales Bar Association members and chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the Bar Association's website.

Hellenic Australian Lawyers to host conference in Rhodes

Mon Aug 07 2017
Conferences

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association is hosting an international conference in Rhodes, Greece in July 2018. Chief Justice Kiefel AC will be the keynote speaker, and five other chief justices from around Australia, as well as eminent jurists from Australia and overseas, will be speaking. Details of the conference, including about the speakers, organised tours and registrations are available at the website www.hal.asn.au/Rhodes-conference

Are you interested in becoming a tutor?

Mon Aug 07 2017
Professional development

The tutor/reader relationship forms a critical part of the introduction and transition to a career at the bar. For commencing practitioners, and the profession at large, it is critical that potential tutors and readers are able to connect. The NSW Bar Association will be publishing a list of potential tutors on our website.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, and meet the pre-requisites for being a potential tutor set out in the Bar Association's Tutor Policy, please compete the “Potential Tutor” form here. Once complete please email the form to Courtney Ford at cford@nswbar.asn.au. Courtney will advise of any further step needed to complete the process. Inclusion on the list does not involve an offer or commitment to accept a reader.

Are you interested in becoming a tutor?

Fri Aug 04 2017
Professional development

The tutor/reader relationship forms a critical part of the introduction and transition to a career at the bar. For commencing practitioners, and the profession at large, it is critical that potential tutors and readers are able to connect. The NSW Bar Association will be publishing a list of potential tutors on our website.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, and meet the pre-requisites for being a potential tutor set out in the Bar Association's Tutor Policy, please compete the “Potential Tutor” form here. Once complete please email the form to Courtney Ford at cford@nswbar.asn.au. Courtney will advise of any further step needed to complete the process. Inclusion on the list does not involve an offer or commitment to accept a reader.

Increases to attorney general's rates for legal representation

Fri Aug 04 2017

Attorney General Mark Speakman SC has written to President Arthur Moses SC to advise that the attorney's rates for junior and senior counsel have increased by 1.9% (based on the CPI), effective 1 August 2017. The following rates will apply:

  • Solicitor: $285 per hour with a daily maximum of $2850 plus GST
  • Junior counsel: $285 per hour with a daily maximum of $2140 plus GST
  • Senior counsel: $470 per hour with a daily maximum of $4,700 plus GST

These rates include all overheads, secretarial, legal and administrative assistance but not out of pocket disbursements.

The next review will be conducted after the end of the 2017-18 financial year.

New portraits added to the Bar Association's art collection

Fri Aug 04 2017
Bar art

The portraits of Justice Bell and Justice Gageler were presented last night to President Arthur Moses SC for addition to the permanent Bar Association collection. The portrait of Justice Bell was commissioned out of monies raised by senior members of the criminal bar including her old floor Frederick Jordan chambers. The portrait of Justice Gageler was commissioned by his old floor Eleventh Floor.

At the unveiling last night the president expressed the appreciation of the New South Wales Bar for the portraits and said: "Portraits of members of the New South Wales Bar who have served on The High Court are an important part of the bar's history. It is with a great deal of pride that I welcome back to the Bar Association two of our most revered members, Justice Bell and Justice Gageler, who have served with distinction on the High Court. They have each earnt the admiration of the profession and our bar will be deeply appreciative to have their portraits hanging in this our home."

The artist who did the portraits, Tomas Maceiras, is pictured with Justice Bell and Justice Gageler at the unveiling.

Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law Panel applications

Fri Aug 04 2017
Positions vacant

The General Criminal Law Panel (the Panel) is currently open for applications.

Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Monday, 4 September 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee. More information about the Panel and how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

For any further enquiries regarding the Panel please email panels@legalaidnsw.gov.au or contact Professional Practices on 9219 5662.

Wanted: principal lawyers at the Workers Compensation Commission of NSW

Fri Aug 04 2017
Positions vacant

The Workers Compensation Commission of NSW is seeking applications from legal practitioners for two Principal Lawyer permanent roles. Principal Lawyers work as part of the Legal Services Unit and provide professional legal services to the Commission and its stakeholders on complex and challenging matters.

Successful candidates will have substantial legal experience and a sound understanding of workers compensation law and administrative law. Applications (one page covering letter and up to 5 page CV) must be submitted online at iworkfor.nsw.gov.au by Monday, 14 August 2017 (11:59 pm). More information, including a role description, is available here or here.

Accountability and the Law 2017 Conference - two weeks to go

Thu Aug 03 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

Amendments to the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001

Thu Aug 03 2017
Legislation to note

The Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 have been amended, partly as a consequence of new jurisdiction conferred on the court by the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016. View the rules here and the new form Form 6 here

Reporting under the National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: A practical guidance seminar

Thu Aug 03 2017
Coming up in CPD - Wednesday, August 16 2017

Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Jane Needham SC. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register please contact Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au

If you are not able to attend in person, you will be able to view the seminar via livestream. Details to follow.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee and the Women Barristers Forum. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

The Justice Project

Wed Aug 02 2017
Access to justice

The Law Council is reviewing the state of access to justice in Australia, focussing on 13 acutely disadvantaged groups. Called the Justice Project, under the chairmanship of the Hon Robert French AC, it aims to build the case for appropriate funding for law reform and access to justice. Today marked the start of the community consultation phase, with the release of issues papers and calls for submissions. Learn more about the project here. The Australian Bar Association supports the initiative and has issued a media release calling for innovative solutions to the crisis.

Bar FC victorious against Reserve Bank 2-0

Wed Aug 02 2017
Bar sports

Today saw Bar FC in its last outing in this year’s Domain Soccer Competition with a win required to avoid relegation from 3rd division. Well, when the going gets tough, Bar FC gets going!

Dominating the mid field in the first half, it was a shooting gallery for Bar FC, with a Morrison pass to D’Arville at the 7 minute mark, seeing D’Arville nail Bar FC’s 1st goal. That was shortly followed by Boyle having a close miss from our next goal attempt, then another near miss from D’Arville, a Hogan-Doran near miss and another near miss from a Hackett attempt. Hogan-Doran then took a penalty kick and Bar FC unlucky not to score again.

In the 2nd half, we did not have to wait long for our next goal, with D’Arville getting his second goal after five minutes, to nail the game for the Bar, at 2 to nil. Morris had a spectacular run down half the length of the field and was unlucky not to score. Our backline of Fredericks, Philips and Griscti was to formidable for Reserve Bank B. Harris saved the day by stopping a Reserve Bank kick that looked like being a certain goal.

Man of the match was unquestionably D’Arville. Strong in the midfield, inspiring the Team and scoring all our goals.

Today’s line up was as follows:

  • Ivan Griscti
  • Anais d'Arville
  • Glenn Fredericks
  • Timothy Boyle
  • Rico Jedrzejczyk
  • John Harris (GC)
  • Nicole Compton
  • Justin Hogan-Doran
  • Simon Philips
  • Tim Hackett
  • Hugh Morrison
  • Geoff O’Shea

A great way for Bar FC to end this season’s Domain Competition and places the Team well for the 10th anniversary Bar Football State of Origin series against the QLD Bar and Victorian Bar Teams in Sydney on 9 September 2017.

Learned Friends Cape Town Conference

Wed Aug 02 2017

In September (25 Sept – 2 Oct) Learned Friends is holding a conference in Cape Town. Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. This is due to its good climate, natural settings, and well developed infrastructure. Speakers include Judge Richard Cogswell SC, Jeremy Gauntlett QC (Cape Town), Campbell Bridge SC and Donna Ward. For more information visit the Learned Friends website or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Mental health and cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system

Wed Aug 02 2017
Reports to note

The NSW Mental Health Commission has released a new report, Towards a Just System: Mental Illness and Cognitive Impairment in the Criminal Justice System. The report notes, among other things, the connections between cognitive impairment, incarceration and recidivism, as well as the additional burden this places upon the criminal justice system. View the report here.