30 March 2016 – Volume 100


Victoria Legal Aid welcomes Royal Commission recommendations on expanded family violence courts

Victoria Legal Aid has welcomed the Royal Commission into Family Violence's recommendations for the expansion of specialist family violence courts across Victoria, which will help to break the tragic cycle of family violence.

Read what we have to say about the report.

Experts discuss new family violence research

Listen to Managing Director Bevan Warner and a panel of legal experts discuss new family violence research gleaned from an examination of more than 15,000 Victoria Legal Aid clients charged with breaching family violence intervention orders.

Read more at Experts discuss new family violence research.

Investment in legal aid protects rights and creates a fairer, safer Victoria

Our recent submission to the Victorian Government's Access to Justice Review detailed the challenges of helping clients in a justice system where there is overwhelming demand and inadequate funding.

Read more about the submission at Investment in legal aid protects rights and creates a fairer, safer Victoria.

What price justice?

Managing Director Bevan Warner recently highlighted why access to justice is the glue that binds our democracy and civil society together and outlined our 10 touchstones for improving access to justice.

Read more at What price justice?

Panel practitioner updates

Reminder to update client's financial details

By updating their client's financial details in ATLAS, practitioners will ensure that people who are receiving legal aid are asked to pay an amount that reflects their current financial circumstances.

Read more at Reminder to update client's financial details.

Applications for New Lawyer Program closing soon

Applications for our New Lawyers Program will close Monday 4 April.

During the two-year program, new lawyers receive on-the-job learning and comprehensive training and development while undertaking up to four placements across Victoria Legal Aid, including one regional office.

There are up to 12 positions for first-year and second-year lawyers with an interest in social justice, including two positions for applicants who identify as Aboriginal.

For more information on how to apply, see current positions available.

For more information on the program, see New Lawyers Program or contact Resourcing and Recruitment Advisor Lauren Steers via Lauren.Steers@vla.vic.gov.au or (03) 9269 0463.

Support for panel practitioners and Community Legal Centre lawyers undertaking accredited specialisation

We again offer our support to private panel practitioners who are undertaking Law Institute of Victoria  Accredited Specialisation in the areas of Criminal Law and Children's Law through:

  • study groups, providing an opportunity for practitioners to collaborate and share their knowledge, experience and resources
  • professional legal education sessions and study intensives

Read more about how we are supporting accredited specialisation.

Crime and Children's law lectures for panel practitioners and CLC lawyers

As part of the study support program for specialisation candidates, we are running a series of one hour professional legal education sessions on topics relevant to criminal and children's lawyers. Limited places are available to panel practitioners and Community Legal Centre staff who are not undertaking specialisation.

Find out about upcoming crime lectures for accredited specialisation.

OPP implements new legal practice structure

The Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria has implemented a new legal practice structure aimed at achieving a more streamlined, efficient prosecution service.

Read more about how the changes aim to deliver more efficient prosecutions.

Community news and notices

Fare Go: Myki, Transport Poverty and Access to Education in Melbourne's West

A recently released report by WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office reveals that public transport fares and fines for young people are creating 'transport poverty' for financially disadvantaged students in Melbourne's west.

Read more at Fare Go: Myki, Transport Poverty and Access to Education in Melbourne's West.

Legal comedy debate

The Law Institute Victoria Legal Comedy Debate packs out the Athenaeum Theatre every year as lawyers go head to head on either side of the ultimate yes or no question.

Watch legal experts verbally duke it out in possibly the most important debate of this century as they discuss, 'Is stupidity a crime?'

Read more at 2016 Legal Comedy Debate.

Law Week

Held from 16–22 May, Law Week 2016 is an annual festival of events that makes learning about the law easy. Find answers to everyday legal issues, go behind the scenes at the courts, or simply get carried away in the drama of the law.

Free promotion for community legal events

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Email Everyday-Law at contact@everyday-law.org.au or call (03) 9604 8100.

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