Supreme Court issues Practice Note SC GEN - 19

Thu Dec 22 2011

The�Chief Justice�T F Bathurst has issued Practice Note SC GEN -19, which clarifes procedure in relation to the return of subpoena list, the production of subpoenaed material, access, and general access orders (now default access orders).�It takes effect on 3 January 2012. The practice note, which should be read in conjunction with PN SC GEN -18 issued on 1 December 2011, promotes the use of on-line eServices via JusticeLink, and also deals with procedure involving costs applications, contested applications, and adjournments.

22 December 2011

Retirement ceremony for the Hon Justice Giudice AO

Wed Dec 21 2011

Fair Work Australia will mark the retirement of its president, the Hon Justice GM Giudice AO, with a ceremonial sitting at 10.00am on Friday, 24 February 2012 in Court 1, Level 6, in the Melbourne premises of Fair Work Australia. There will be a video link to the Sydney office of FWA, Level 8, Terrace Tower, 80 William Street, East Sydney. Harry Dixon SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar, the Law Council and the ABA.

27 January�2012

One for the diary: discovery seminar in Melbourne on 23 March 2012

Wed Dec 21 2011

The AIJA, in association with the National Judicial College of Australia, is organising a seminar on the discovery process in civil litigation. The issues to be discussed are those identified by the Australian Law Reform Commission's report Managing Discovery: Discovery of Documents in Federal Courts.� They will include the impact of technology,� the role of courts in the management of discovery and the quest for balance between the costs and time required for discovery and the complexity of the matters in dispute. The seminar will be a facilitated discussion and will be open to any practitioner with an interest in the discovery process and views on ways to improve it. The program and registration for the seminar are available at the AIJA website

21 December 2012

New email addresses for Registrars involved in case management

Wed Dec 21 2011

New email addresses for the registrars of the Court of Appeal, Common Law Division, Equity Division and Corporations List have been published on the Contact Us page of Supreme Court website. Practitioners are requested to use these email addresses to communicate with the registrars rather than sending faxes. Learn more>

21 December 2011

Administrative arrangements order

Wed Dec 21 2011

Following last week's federal Cabinet reshuffle, there is a new administrative arrangements order, allocating responsibility for Commonwealth Acts to the relevant minister. Learn more >

21 December 2011

Legal Histories of the British Empire Conference

Tue Dec 20 2011

The First International Conference on the Legal Histories of the British Empire will be held in Singapore from July 5-7, 2012. The Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore is the local host. The growth of interest in colonial, and by extension imperial, legal history has occurred during a period when there has been a discernible renewal of interest among historians in cultural, political and economic histories of empire. Too often this general history of empire has ignored or downplayed legal developments within the imperial system. This and other factors point to the value of�holding an International Conference on the Legal Histories of the British Empire.

1 June�2012

Injured motorists pay a high price for insurers

Tue Dec 20 2011

The president of the NSW Bar Association, Bernard Coles QC, today called upon the NSW Government to implement key recommendations of the report of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice into the New South Wales Motor Accidents system. View the media release>

20 December 2012

Membership of 2012 Bar Association committees

Fri Dec 16 2011

In previous years committee appointments have been made by reference to the calendar year. In order to promote consistency with the Bar Association's statutory reporting period, applications for committee membership will be sought in March 2012, with a view to formalising the membership of the association's committees by the end of June 2012.

In addition to promoting consistency with the Bar Association's reporting obligations, it is anticipated that the proposed changes will be more convenient to members, many of whom are away from chambers during December/January, when committee applications have traditionally been sought.

It is anticipated that the association's committees will continue operation in their current form until the new committees have been officially promulgated. Existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association will continue unless and until the president determines otherwise. If any member does not wish to remain on a committee until June 2012, please do not hesitate to contact the association representative for that committee, or Senior Policy Lawyer Megan Black on 9229 1739 or at .

The procedure for committee application and appointment otherwise remains unchanged.

16 December 2011

Reminder: swearing-in ceremonies in the Supreme Court

Wed Dec 14 2011

Geoffrey Bellew SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the New South Wales�Supreme Court on Tuesday, 31 January 2011 at 9.30am. The ceremonial sitting will be held in Federal Court 1 on Level 21, Queens Square.

James Stevenson SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the New South Wales Supreme Court on Wednesday, 1 February 2011 at 9.30am. The ceremonial sitting will be held in Federal Court 1 on Level 21, Queens Square.

30 January 2012

Robing of counsel in the Family Court

Wed Dec 14 2011

Judges of the Family Court have dispensed with wigs and adopted a new gown. The court has also�released a new robing policy. Unless a judge otherwise orders, having regard to the nature or circumstances of a particular matter:

  1. Wigs are not worn on any occasion
  2. Robes, and any related attire are worn for: > trials > appeals > all other final hearings, including the final hearing of a separate issue > and for the delivery of judgment after all such hearings > ceremonial sittings

Robes are not worn for any other hearing, including the hearing of an interlocutory issue and matters before a registrar.

In the event of any doubt, enquiry should be made to the associate of the presiding judge.

14 December 2011

Swearing-in ceremony for Anne Rees SC

Wed Dec 14 2011

Anne Rees SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the�Family Court at a ceremonial sitting, tomorrow, 15 December 2011 at 9.30am�on Level 7 of the Sydney Registry. Robert Lethbridge SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Robes but not wigs are to be worn.

14 December 2011

LTCS E-News Issue 61

Tue Dec 13 2011

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 61 is now available, and features articles on finding attendant care providers, the revised Care and Needs Scale manual, applications for MAA Injury Management Grants and more. Download a copy>

13 December 2011

Funeral for Barry James Murphy (1947-2011)

Mon Dec 12 2011

The�funeral for Barry James Murphy will be held on Friday, 16 December 2011 at 11am�at the South Chapel, Woronora Crematorium, Linden Street Sutherland. It will be followed by a memorial gathering at the Sutherland United Services Club.

14 December 2011�

Amended Local Court Sitting arrangements: Christmas New Year Period 2011/2012

Mon Dec 12 2011

The Chief Magistrate's Office has advised that, in accordance with the fixed leave period for Magistrates, normal rostered sittings of the Local Court will cease on Monday 26 December 2011 and recommence on Monday 9 January 2012.

On Thursday 22 December 2011 and Friday 23 December 2011, the Chief Magistrate has allowed Magistrates time to complete outstanding judgments, administrative duties or any outstanding chamber work prior to commencing leave. The Chief Magistrate has also advised that some Magistrates may elect to preside in court on this day in an attempt to complete outstanding part-heard matters.�

The following sitting arrangements are to occur from Monday 26 December 2011 to Friday 6 January 2012 inclusive:

Persons in custody - Weekdays that are not public holidays

Three Magistrates will be rostered at Parramatta Children’s Court.

All adults, remanded in custody within the Sydney Metropolitan area, are to be dealt with via Audio Visual Link facilities at that location.

Juveniles taken into custody in the Sydney Metropolitan Area will be dealt with in person at Parramatta Children’s Court. In addition these Magistrates will also hear bail applications for all juveniles taken into custody by the Department of Juvenile Justice across the state via Audio Visual Link facilities. However in regional areas where long distances are required to transport the young person to the Detention Centre if may be preferable to initially place the Juvenile before the Registrar (if available) for bail determination and if bail is subsequently refused by the Registrar the matter may be adjourned to the following day to appear via Audio Visual Link facilities before the Magistrate at Parramatta Children’s Court.

Weekends and Public Holidays

Bail Courts will operate in accordance with normal arrangements.

Apprehended Violence Orders

A Magistrate will be available at Parramatta Children’s Court on weekdays that are not public holidays to determine urgent applications only during court sittings hours.

12 December 2011

Amendments to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules

Mon Dec 12 2011

On Friday 5 December, the Uniform Rules Committee made amendments to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules as follows.

Uniform Civil Procedure� Rules (Amendment Number 50) 2011 deals with material previously required to be attached to subpoenas.

Uniform Civil Procedure� Rules (Amendment Number 51) 2011 concerns the practice and procedure to be followed in New South Wales with respect to matters arising under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010.

12 December 2011


Commonwealth Legal Services Expenditure Report 2010 - 2011

Mon Dec 12 2011

On Friday, the Commonwealth Attorney-General released the Commonwealth Legal Services Expenditure Report 2010 - 2011. The report includes information on legal services expenditure across all applicable Commonwealth departments and agencies.

The 2010-2011 Report notes that there has been a slight increase in legal services expenditure across the Commonwealth from 2009-2010 to 2010-2011, with an overall increase in total legal services expenditure of 5.6%.

The Report also notes that that the percentage of direct briefs to Counsel continues to increase (45% from 2009-2010), and that equal opportunity briefing practices have continued to ensure that 26.66% of all Commonwealth briefs went to female counsel, a greater proportion than women’s 19% representation at the Bar.

View the Report and the Attorney-General's press release

12 December 2011


Christmas Toy Appeal

Fri Dec 09 2011

Counsel's Chambers and the Bar Association are running a joint Christmas Toy Appeal for the Salvation Army.�Collection boxes are located at reception desks on both Level 1 and the Lower Ground Floor.

15�December 2011

Bar News is in the mail

Thu Dec 08 2011

The summer 2011-12 edition of Bar News is in the mail.�It features the�customary mix of�interesting stories, such as:�the art of sentencing offenders; the recent case concerning Andrew Bolt; and�the life and career of Sir Garfield Barwick. It questions whether a duty of care can be said to exist on the modern battlefield and�reports on the unveiling of the portrait of Sir Kenneth Jacobs. And of course it includes�coverage of bar sports, appointments, obituaries and�Bullfry's long walk home after the Bench and Bar Dinner. This edition of Bar News is accompanied by the second edition of the Bar Associations Guidelines for Barristers on Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants. The additional material might slow down distribution and members are asked to be patient.�If you�have not received your copy by Tuesday, 13 December at the latest, please contact the publications manager, Chris Winslow. 8 December 2011

ALPHA Christmas drinks

Thu Dec 08 2011

Under 5�barristers�are invited�to attend the Australian Lawyers Phil-Hellenic Association Christmas drinks at the common room of Edmund Barton Chambers, Level 44 MLC Centre Sydney tonight, 8 December at 6pm. ALPHA is a recently formed, not-for-profit organization.�Members of ALPHA are practising lawyers who are Greek, or who have one or both parents that are Greek, or who are married to a Greek and appreciate Greek tradition and history.�For more information, contact Andrew Kostopoulos on ph: (02) 9223 2204.

8 December 2011�