28 August 2013 – Volume 40


A safe new home for refugee boy granted a permanent visa 

A Sri Lankan boy now has a permanent protection visa and a secure new home thanks to the combined efforts of our family and civil lawyers. 
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Free child support legal advice starts in Geelong 

Victoria Legal Aid has responded to rapid growth in the Geelong and Barwon regions by extending its free child support advice service.
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VLA people

Driven to make a difference for young offenders 

Youth Crime Program Manager Jeremy Cass is driven by the challenges of the juvenile justice system and the feeling that he can make a real difference. Read more at Driven to make a difference for young offenders.

Chief Counsel role advertised 

Do you have what it takes to lead Chambers and develop the advocacy skills of teams across a diverse range of practice areas? Do you enjoy strategic litigation and involvement with policy that could change the life chances of vulnerable clients? If so, you might consider applying for the role of Chief Counsel with Victoria Legal Aid.

Applications close Monday 7 October. For more information see our jobs board.

Panel practitioner updates

Closing of Independent Children's Lawyer panel 

Practitioners and firms are reminded that applications for inclusion on the new Independent Children's Lawyer Panel should be received by 31 August 2013. Read more at Independent Children's Lawyer Panel now open.

Indictable Crime Panel now open 

Pursuant to section 29A of the Legal Aid Act (Vic) 1978, Victoria Legal Aid intends to appoint a new Indictable Crime Panel. Read more at Indictable Crime Panel now open.

Youth and adult summary crime compliance checks 

Over the next couple of months, we will be conducting checks of practitioners' files for compliance with the youth and adult summary crime guidelines that came into effect on 8 April 2013. Read more at Youth and adult summary crime compliance checks.

Community news

Enhancing the rights and wellbeing of people with acquired brain injury

The Office of the Public Advocate is calling for grant applications for projects that will enhance the rights and wellbeing of people living with an acquired brain injury in their experience of the criminal justice system and/or DisabilityCare Australia.

The panel will consider applications for a minimum allocation of $50,000 for a one-year project to a maximum allocation of $250,000 for a three-year project.

For grant guidelines and key selection criteria, visit Office of the Public Advocate.

New contacts for Assignments Unit

Victoria Legal Aid's Assignments Unit has reorganised into three teams to make it clearer who clients and practitioners should contact when enquiring about a grant of legal assistance.

The new teams are:
Assignments Criminal Law, Assignments Family Law and Assignments Civil Law.

Visit contacts for grants for more details.

Legal assistance services in Melbourne's north east

Victoria Legal Aid ceased providing services from the Preston office at 42 Mary Street, Preston from 1 July 2013. Clients will continue to receive help from their lawyer and will be provided with new contact details.

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