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9 March 2017 – Volume 1

Practitioner special edition – family law

Welcome to a special family law practitioner edition of Legal Aid Brief. We hope this newsletter provides useful information to support our partnership with all practitioners doing legally aided family law work. In this edition get to know Toola Marcou, find some handy hints and tips from recent compliance checks and read about a significant NDIS decision.

News

First adult child maintenance decision under NDIS

News

Groundbreaking case distinguishes ‘services’ from ‘day to day needs’ of the child.

Read more at First adult child maintenance decision under NDIS.

Getting to know Toola Marcou

Feature

Toola Marcou is passionate about and has a longstanding commitment to social justice, volunteering at Community Legal Centres since 2003. Toola has been a Victoria Legal Aid panel member for more than a decade. 

Read more at Getting to know Toola Marcou.

Working together to support good advocacy

News

Barrister and solicitor feedback to shape legal aid briefing practices in family law. 

Read more at Working together to support good advocacy.

‘Fail to record advice at your own peril’ – Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee

Your practice

Recent disciplinary cases remind us to document advice, instructions and case strategy.

Read more at ‘Fail to record advice at your own peril’ – Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee.

Means Test Review update

News

The options phase of our Means Test Review has commenced and we will be releasing an options paper in April for public consultation.

Read more at Means Test Review update.

Paying barristers directly and compliance checks

Your practice

Practitioners would be aware that Victoria Legal Aid requires direct payment to barristers. During compliance checks, the invoices indicate whether a ‘barrister’ has been paid directly. 

Read more at Paying barristers directly and compliance checks.

Charging clients for part of a psychologist/psychiatrist report

Your practice

Seek an extension of aid for the cost of psychologist/psychiatrist reports.

Read more at Charging clients for part of a psychologist/psychiatrist report.

Proof of means – sometimes you can have too much.

Your practice

Reminder about what is needed for proof of means.

Read more at Proof of means – sometimes you can have too much.

New family violence social support services coming soon to family law court registries

News

Social support services to achieve better outcomes for families from the first time they attend court.

Read more at New family violence social support services coming soon to family law court registries.

Breakfast event focused on supporting positive reform for vulnerable young people

News

We were proud to support the Home Stretch campaign at our first ever Opening of the legal year breakfast event on 2 February. 

Read more at Breakfast event focused on supporting positive reform for vulnerable young people.

Upcoming professional development

 

Child protection Aboriginal Cultural Competency training

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is delivering Aboriginal Cultural Competency training tailored to the child protection jurisdiction in Warrnambool and Shepparton in April and May.
 
The training is designed for lawyers practising in the Children’s Court, Children’s Court staff and child protection staff of the Department of Health and Human Services, as part of the Victorian Government child protection multi-disciplinary training initiative.

We want your feedback and ideas

Do you have a relevant family law blog or case study you would like to appear in a Legal Aid Brief: Family Law special edition?

To submit a story for consideration, simply email us at editor@vla.vic.gov.au. Items will be published at the editor's discretion.

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