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2018 Bench & Bar Dinner

Fri Feb 15 2019
Collegiality

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association to the 2019 Bench & Bar Dinner. The dinner will take place on Friday, 17 May in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00 PM for 7.30 PM start. The guest of honour will be the Hon Justice Julie Ward, CJ in Equity. Further details will be available shortly.

Early Appropriate Guilty Plea reforms

Fri Feb 15 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee has been invited by the Department of Justice to participate in consultations throughout 2019 on the implementation of the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) reforms. The first consultation meeting will be held on 25 February 2019. To assist the association in its participation in the consultations, the committee will collate information as to the workings of the EAGP reforms and the experiences of practitioners with the scheme. Members who have had experiences with the EAGP reforms please email any feedback/comments to the Bar Association’s Senior Policy Lawyer, Ms Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

Save the date: Public Law Conference 2019 - Queenstown, NZ

Fri Feb 15 2019
Professional development

Join the Australian and New Zealand Bar Associations in Queenstown, NZ from 23 – 24 August 2019. Hear from leaders of the profession in both jurisdictions.

  • 22 August: arrival and early bird drinks
  • 23 August: day 1 conference and dinner at leisure
  • 24 August: day 2 conference (half day), activities and gala dinner
  • Staying and conferencing at the iconic Rydges Lakeland resort
  • Register your interest via nzconf.austbar.asn.au

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019 & 2019 Program

Fri Feb 15 2019
Diversity

Women Lawyers Association invite members to join them and distinguished guests for the launch of our 2019 ‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards’, featuring a panel of previous award winners at 5.30pm Thursday, 21 February 2019 at the Union University & Schools Club Sydney, as detailed below.

  • 5.30pm Thursday 21 February 2019
  • Union, University & Schools Club of Sydney, 25 Bent Street, Sydney
  • Please note etiquette and dress code at the Union University & Schools Club, detailed here.

Our panel will discuss their career journeys, particularly since they were the recipients of a ‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Award’, and how that may have affected them or their careers.

For more information and to register, click here.

CPD Online - The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain

Fri Feb 15 2019

If you missed last Tuesday's, 12 February, lunchtime presentation by John Eldridge, Lecturer, The University of Sydney, fear not! The seminar is now available via CPD Online. All relevant materials, including Mr Eldridge’s paper, 'The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain', are published alongside the recording and available to download. Please note, an edited version of John Eldridge's paper was published in 2018 in the Journal of Business Law. See: John Eldridge, 'The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain' [2018] Journal of Business Law 637'.

If you have misplaced your CPD Members login and password details you are able to reset your details by clicking on 'member sign in' which appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen on our homepage. You then click on 'unknown password or username', this will then prompt you to add your surname and date of birth. This will trigger an email to be sent to you with your new details. The email will be sent to the registered email address on our records.

Coming up in CPD

Fri Feb 15 2019
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Georgina Westgarth. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Public Law Section.

Thursday 28 February 2019

Presented by Ernest Schmatt AM PSM, Chief Executive, Judicial Commission of NSW and chaired by Robert Hollo SC, Chair, NSWBA Education Committee. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Education Committee.

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

**For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

2019 Newcastle Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Today

Fri Feb 15 2019

Early bird registrations for the 2019 Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close today. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Newcastle Conference is set down for Saturday 23 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable Justice Julia Lonergan
  • His Honour Judge Roy Ellis
  • His Honour Judge Warwick Hunt
  • Clinton Towers, Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • Kate Eastman SC
  • Suzanne Christie SC
  • Ian Duane
  • Tiffany Wong
  • Peter Krisenthal
  • Peter Maddigan
  • Patrick Williams
  • Diana Tang

Download the full program here -2019 Newcastle Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

ABA Committee membership: Expressions of interest

Thu Feb 14 2019

The Australian Bar Association draws upon the experience and knowledge of its members to effectively represent the profession and advance public debate on law reform and legal policy issues.

The ABA's committees are comprised of members from the Association's constituent bodies. Each year the ABA reviews the need for committees, the role of each committee and membership of committees.

A list of committees receiving nominations can be found here.

ABA members who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee should complete the online form indicating the committees for which they wish to be considered. Members should nominate for no more than two committees.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the online form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Constitutional Conflict

Thu Feb 14 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia has today issued a media release stating that a Constitutional conflict could occur if a Federal Judicial Commission to investigate alleged judicial misconduct is not separated from the Federal Government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC).

In its submission to government regarding the proposed CIC, the Law Council reiterated its support for a national integrity commission but reinforced the need to protect and uphold the rights of individuals subject to the powers of the CIC.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Ceremonial Sitting of the FairWork Commission

Thu Feb 14 2019
Appointments

A Ceremonial sitting of the FairWork Commission to welcome new members, Deputy President Gerard Boyce and Deputy President Bryce Cross will take place on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 4.30pm in the Hearing Room 15.1, Level 15, at Terrace Tower, 80 William Street, East Sydney. Members are invited to attend.

Robes and Wigs are not worn.

Flawed citizenship-stripping Bill shouldn’t be passed

Thu Feb 14 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia has reiterated its strident opposition to the Federal Government’s proposed citizen-stripping laws, which could render people stateless, do not adhere to international obligations and remain under a constitutional cloud.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Notice to Legal Practitioners - Update

Thu Feb 14 2019
Practice and procedure

The Family Court of Australia’s Application for Consent Orders Kit information pages have been updated as a result of the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2018.

References to the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ have also been amended to ‘party to a marriage’ and/or ‘party to a de facto relationship’.

A change has also been made to the form within the kit at Q15, updating the reference to section 90XZA of the Family Law Act.

The updated kit and form are now available on the website.

The Court recommends using the new ‘unguided’ upload method to eFile an Application for Consent Orders, however the grace period outlined in the email of 24 December 2018 (below) has been extended until 31 March 2019 for the ‘guided’ eFiling option to allow for IT system changes.

Information about eFiling and the ‘unguided’ process is available at www.familycourt.gov.au/dcp and details on how to apply for consent orders are available on the website at www.familycourt.gov.au/howdoi

2019 Bathurst Lecture - Is the modern company fit for purpose?

Thu Feb 14 2019
Save the date

The 2019 Bathurst Lecture, named in honour of the Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW, will be held at 5.15pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019 in the Banco Court.

The 2019 Bathurst Lecture will be delivered by senior company director, former President of the Business Council of Australia and Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel, Graham Bradley AM. Mr Bradley is the Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC Bank Australia, Virgin Australia International Holdings, EnergyAustraliaHoldings and GrainCorp Limited, Chairman of Infrastructure NSW and a director of Tennis Australia.

For further information click here.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Thu Feb 14 2019
Conference

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Mark Robinson SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Claims of Judicial overreach are concerning

Wed Feb 13 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The President of the NSW Bar Association has today issued a media release regarding its concerns about recent claims in the media of judicial overreach with respect to the judgment of Preston CJ in Gloucester Resources Ltd v Minister for Planning.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Swearing in Ceremony for Ian Rodgers and Fiona McCarron to the Local Court of NSW

Wed Feb 13 2019
Appointments

On Monday 25 February 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court there will be a Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing-in of Mr Ian Rodgers and Ms Fiona Mccarron as Magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales. All members are invited to attend.

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

McKell v The Queen [2019] HCA 5

Wed Feb 13 2019
Decisions to note

The High Court today handed down its decision in the matter of McKell v The Queen, unanimously allowing an appeal from a decision of the NSW CCA, quashing the appellant's conviction for drug-related offences, and ordered a new trial.

The court unanimously held that "the trial judges comments were so lacking in balance as to be an exercise in persuading the jury of the appellant's guilt, were unfair to the appellant, and gave rise to a miscarriage of justice".

View the High Court decision here.

Bench and Bar Lunch - register now!

Wed Feb 13 2019
Collegiality

A Bench and Bar Lunch has been set down for Tuesday, 5 March 2019 from 12.45pm to 2.00pm at No.10 Bistro (The Mint), 10 Macquarie Street (opposite the Law Courts Building). All members of the Bench and Bar (including readers) are welcome. The cost is $30. Online registration is essential. Reserve your place and select from the pre-set menu. It's just quick and cheap!

All enquiries to Kylie Nomchong SC: ktn@denmanchambers.com.au or ph:9264 6899.

The Bench and Bar Lunch is an initiative of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Swearing in of Alister Abadee to the District Court NSW

Wed Feb 13 2019
Appointments

Alister Abadee has been appointed as a Judge of the District Court of New South Wales.

A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9:00am on Thursday 21 February 2019. All members are invited to attend.

Paresh Khandhar SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

The Role and Function of the Judicial Commission

Wed Feb 13 2019
Thursday 28 February 2019

Presented by Ernest Schmatt AM PSM, Chief Executive, Judicial Commission of NSW and chaired by Robert Hollo SC, Chair, NSWBA Education Committee. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Education Committee.

The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Justice Jillian Williams and Justice Louise Henderson elevated to the Family Court

Wed Feb 13 2019
Appointments

The Law Council of Australia issued a media release yesterday welcoming the appointment by Attorney-General Christian Porter of two new judges to the Family Court of Australia.

Justice Jillian Williams and the Justice Louise Henderson have both been elevated to the Family Court from their former positions on the bench of Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Funeral Arrangements for Jeffrey Allan Miles

Wed Feb 13 2019
Vale

The funeral services will be held at 3pm, Monday 18 February at the Norwood Crematorium, Mitchell, ACT.

Friends are then invited to join his family for refreshments at MacArthur Gardens, in the Old Parliament House, Canberra.

CPD Online - The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain

Wed Feb 13 2019

If you missed yesterday’s lunchtime presentation by John Eldridge, Lecturer, The University of Sydney, fear not! The seminar is now available via CPD Online. All relevant materials, including Mr Eldridge’s paper, 'The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain', are published alongside the recording and available to download. Please note, an edited version of John Eldridge's paper was published in 2018 in the Journal of Business Law. See: John Eldridge, 'The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain' [2018] Journal of Business Law 637'.

If you have misplaced your CPD Members login and password details you are able to reset your details by clicking on 'member sign in' which appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen on our homepage. You then click on 'unknown password or username', this will then prompt you to add your surname and date of birth. This will trigger an email to be sent to you with your new details. The email will be sent to the registered email address on our records.