26 November 2015 – Volume 94


Photo of the Board and Executive team visiting Mildura.

Listening and learning to improve access to justice in the Mallee

Our Board and Senior Executive Team recently spent time in Mildura to learn how we can increase awareness about legal aid services and eligibility, and provide stronger and continuous ongoing support to service providers. Read more about our visit to Mildura.

Preventing violence a priority for Victoria Legal Aid

This year, 76 women have tragically lost their lives as a result of family violence. As the state's largest provider of family violence legal services we are committed to joining the community's efforts to prevent family violence. Read about our efforts to prevent family violence in the community.

Advocating for a better approach for families caught between state and Commonwealth court systems

Recently we represented a 12-year-old boy caught between the children's and family law court systems. Read more about how we are advocating for a better approach for families caught between state and Commonwealth court systems.

Magistrates' Court launches new family violence website

The Magistrates' Court of Victoria launched its new family violence website today, aimed at helping people affected by family violence better understand the court process. Learn more about the new website.

Victoria Legal Aid people

New leadership strengthens civil advocacy for vulnerable Victorians

Newly appointed Executive Director Civil Justice, Access and Equity Dan Nicholson brings a wealth of experience to his new role advocating for a more tolerant and rights respecting community. Learn more about our new appointment.

Vacancy for Associate Director, Access and Equity

An opportunity is available to lead and manage a diverse range of programs and projects within the Access and Equity Program, including programs promoting early intervention and prevention of legal problems and innovation and reform in the legal assistance sector.

You are a strategic and assertive leader with experience in leading a high performance team, managing change, building talent and delivering successful outcomes. You will be tertiary qualified in either law, public policy or a related field.

With a demonstrated understanding of current policies, issues and challenges facing the justice system and legally aided clients, you will also inspire confidence, easily build rapport and influence opinions across the organisation.

For more information contact Executive Director Civil Justice, Access and Equity Dan Nicholson on (03) 9269 0691 or see our jobs board. Applications close Friday 4 December.

Panel practitioner updates

Training to unpack rulings on baseline sentencing

With the Sentencing Advisory Council now looking at guidance for a new sentencing scheme, training is being offered to help lawyers and courts apply recent rulings, including the one that declared elements of baseline sentencing laws unworkable.

Register for training.

More training, fewer restitution notices

We want to make complying with our guidelines as easy as possible. In the next 12 months we will focus on education and training about our guidelines and fees rather than seek restitution notices.

Read about how we focus on more training and fewer restitution notices.

Call for feedback to proposed child protection guideline changes

We are considering changes to our guidelines covering child protection and are looking for feedback from the public, legal practitioners and others who work with families involved in the child protection system.

Learn more about how you can make a submission.

New Major Criminal Cases Framework now available

The new framework for managing major criminal cases is now available. It will be implemented from 1 February 2016 and will apply to private practitioners and our inhouse practice.

Read more about the Major Criminal Cases Framework.

Supporting good practice in the Children's Court

Learn more about residential treatment options for young people suffering substance abuse/mental illness via the latest Court Craft training session, featuring a presentation by Magistrate Jennifer Bowles on the findings of her recent Churchill Fellowship research followed by a panel discussion.

Community news and notices

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.

Victoria Law Foundation Legal Laneway Breakfast – 3 February 2016

Now in its 13th year and organised by the Victoria Law Foundation, the 2016 Legal Laneway Breakfast is a great way to celebrate the start of the legal year, catch up with colleagues and meet new faces in the legal sector.

Read more at Victoria Law Foundation Legal Laneway Breakfast 2016.

4th National Elder Abuse Conference – 23 to 25 February 2016

This conference aims to prevent and resolve elder abuse byshowcasing 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.

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