9 November 2016 – Volume 116


Unlocking the law – the future of access to justice

Our Managing Director Bevan Warner presented today at an international conference looking at how hi-tech platforms can reshape the way justice reaches and helps disadvantaged Australians.

Read more about Bevan's presentation.

New pilot to support vulnerable families

A legal pilot that will operate in north-eastern Victoria is expected to support vulnerable families experiencing family violence and reduce the time it takes to identify and resolve their ongoing family law issues.

Read more about how the new pilot will assist at risk families.

Child protection experiences should count for something, says solicitor

According to Cinque Oakley Senior Lawyers solicitor Melanie Senior, private practitioners do a lot of legally aided child protection work but rarely get a voice in the system.

Read why they should speak up now.

Justice on the agenda when LGBTI equality roadshow visited regional Victoria

A special roadshow to reduce discrimination and promote inclusion of LGBTI people wound up yesterday.

Find out why our Equality Law Team joined up with the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality Rowena Allen.

Increased legal help, but many still unrepresented at Mental Health Tribunal

An expansion of our specialist mental health and disability legal services has led to a substantial increase in the availability of legal help, but more needs to be done in the area of compulsory treatment cases.

Read more about the specialist mental health and disability legal services we are providing to Victorians appearing at the Mental Health Tribunal.

Panel practitioner updates

Submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

We recently made a submission in response to the Consultation Paper on Criminal Justice released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Read about how the submission is helping inform the commission's final report on criminal justice issues.

Newly accredited specialist lawyers benefit legal aid clients

Legal aid clients can look forward to an even higher level of expertise following a number of our lawyers and panel practitioners being awarded Law Institute of Victoria specialist accreditation.

Read more about the newly accredited specialist lawyers.

Trial Counsel Development Program now recruiting

Our Trial Counsel Development Program provides unique training opportunities to selected Junior Counsel at the Victorian Bar by partnering them with senior trial advocates. 

Applications for the program close 2pm, Friday 16 December. Read more about the application criteria.

Community news and notices

Legal Fun Run and Walk – 21 November

The Legal Fun Run and Walk is an opportunity to raise awareness of health and wellbeing by focusing on work-life balance and getting active. Come and cheer other members of the legal community and network afterwards over a meal purchased from food trucks.

Read more about the Legal Fun Run and Walk.

Prison Songs – 24 November

Prison Songs is a groundbreaking documentary that gives voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are impacted by the criminal justice system.

Shot entirely behind bars, this funny yet achingly sad account of eventful lives is delivered via the musical performances of real people imprisoned in a Darwin jail.

Read more at Prison Songs.

White Ribbon Day – 25 November

White Ribbon Day seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men's violence against women. Men and women are encouraged to wear a symbolic white ribbon on Wednesday 25 November.

Read more about White Ribbon Day.

Victoria Against Violence – 25 November to 10 December

This public awareness campaign aims to raise awareness of what individuals, families, organisations and government can do to prevent family violence. It will provide the community with opportunities to participate in the discussion, attend events and support those who have experienced family violence.

Read more about Victoria Against Violence.

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