4 March 2015 – Volume 75


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Celebrating women in the legal assistance sector

8 March is International Women's Day, a perfect time to highlight female leaders' success in the legal assistance sector. Read more.

Promoting gender equity at the Bar

Our equitable barrister briefing practices are giving clients more choice and delivering more gender equity at the Bar. Read more.

New tool to assist systemic advocacy

Produced by the Federation of Community Legal Centres, The Change Toolkit gives community legal centres a powerful tool to engage in systemic advocacy. Read more.

Welcome to our Family Dispute Resolution Service

The name may have changed but clients will continue to receive the same high level of service via our Family Dispute Resolution Service. Read more.

People doing legal aid work

An advocate for equitable briefing practices

Hard work, effective communication and bravery are the keys to a successful career at the Bar, says Women Barristers' Association convenor Diana Price. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Expressions of interest now open for Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List

Victoria Legal Aid is now taking applications for the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List which will provide more oversight regarding the quality of barristers appearing in legally aided criminal trials. Expressions of interest should be made by Wednesday 8 April. Read more.

Submissions show strong interest in our family law legal aid services review

Submissions received as part of our family law review will help shape the future of the services we provide to vulnerable clients. Read more.

New resources support criminal appeal guideline changes

New resources have been developed to support upcoming changes to our guidelines for Court of Appeal criminal matters. Read more.

New electronic document system for County Court

A new electronic document lodgement system called eLodgement will be launched in the County Court in April and allow legal practitioners to electronically lodge a number of forms and documents for criminal matters online.

For information on eLodgement briefing and training sessions, see the County Court website.

Community news and notices

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Read more.

Cultural Diversity and the Law Conference

With one in four Australians born overseas, this conference will feature speakers sharing the strategies they have used to ensure access to justice for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Read more.

Applications for Victoria Law Foundation grants now open

The Victoria Law Foundation is offering grants for projects helping Victorians better understand the law.

Applications close Tuesday 17 March and for more information about grants criteria see Victoria Law Foundation. Read more.

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