2 February 2015 – Volume 96


More disadvantaged Victorians eligible for legal aid under expanded means test

More disadvantaged Victorians will be eligible for legal aid when extended financial eligibility is introduced on 1 March.

Read more about how More disadvantaged Victorians are eligible for legal aid under our expanded means test.

Bridge builder sought to improve access to justice

An Associate Director Aboriginal Services position is now being advertised, with the successful applicant likely to be keen on making connections.

Read more at Great job opportunity.

Panel practitioner updates

Case note on Ingram v QBE now available

Practitioners can now read the case note on Ingram v QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited. This includes the facts, decision and commentary regarding why QBE Insurance's behaviour was unlawful discrimination for the purposes of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)

Read more at Civil law resources.

New Major Criminal Cases Framework now in effect

Our new Major Criminal Cases Framework came into effect on 1 February and aims to ensure our major expenditure on criminal trials is delivering quality for our clients, efficiency for the courts and value for money.

The framework applies to all new applications and extensions of legal assistance for major criminal cases, which include trials likely to last more than 15 days and committals over four days. We have updated our guidelines and created an ATLAS User Guide and Major Criminal Cases Framework compliance guide to help practitioners.

Read more at Major Criminal Cases Framework.

Support available for panel practitioners undertaking accredited specialisation

Victoria Legal Aid is again offering support to private panel practitioners who are undertaking Law Institute of Victoria accredited specialisation in the areas of Criminal Law and Children's Law.

Support includes:

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

To access accredited specialisation support see Accredited Specialisation.

Crime lectures for panel practitioners

As part of the study support program for crime specialisation candidates, we are running a series of one-hour professional legal education sessions on topics relevant to criminal lawyers. Limited places are also available to panel practitioners and community legal centre staff who are not undertaking specialisation.

Learn more about upcoming crime lectures for Accredited Specialisation.

Lecture addresses over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Toronto Aboriginal Legal Service and Victoria Legal Aid have joined together to deliver a lecture on how Australia can learn from Canada's experiences in addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison.

'Addressing over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison and providing more therapeutic options in criminal and child welfare settings – lessons from Canada', will canvass innovations in child protection work, youth justice and Aboriginal court initiatives.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday 23 February and attendance qualifies lawyers for two CPD points.

Register at TryBooking.

Community news and notices

4th National Elder Abuse Conference – 23 to 25 February

This conference aims to prevent and resolve elder abuse by showcasing new knowledge to use in practice, raise awareness and influence system change. The conference will feature a range of internationally acclaimed speakers from medical and allied health, education, government and aged care sectors, as well as engaging discussion on the prevention of elder abuse and networking opportunities.

Read more about the National Elder Abuse Conference.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day toolkit

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – the United Nations designated day to voice opposition to the abuse inflicted on older people, most commonly by their families – will be held on 15 June. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day toolkit contains ideas for events and activities, a guide to marketing your event and other useful information.

Read more at World Elder Abuse Awareness Day toolkit.

Public lecture by Fulbright scholar Professor Ingo Keilitz – 7 March

Fulbright scholar Professor Ingo Keilitz will discuss 'The Judiciary's Delicate Balance: Judicial Independence, Self-Management, Transparency and Public Accountability'. How should the judiciary perfect the balancing act required to deliver justice with impartiality and efficiency and how should the courts be accountable to a discerning and well informed public?

Read more about Public lecture: Judicial independence and court governance.

VCOSS seeking Communications Manager

The Victorian Council of Social Services, Victoria's powerful voice against inequality and poverty, is seeking a Communications Manager to lead and enhance the organisation's public profile.

Read more at Victorian Council of Social Services.

Victorian Energy Compare website assists disadvantaged Victorians

The Victorian Energy Compare website is a useful tool for disadvantaged Victorians who are struggling with energy costs and assists users in finding a better offer from energy providers.

Read more at Victorian Energy Compare.

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