4 February 2015 – Volume 73


Community corrections orders: a flexible solution encouraging rehabilitation and community protection

Victoria's first guideline judgment has the potential to reshape the justice landscape by providing courts with clear guidance on the appropriate use of community corrections orders. Read more.

Vulnerable then volatile – when the next step for a child in care is a criminal record

A young girl in residential care found herself in conflict with older teenagers. See why her mood spiralled, the fallout, and how she got to a better place. Read more.

People doing legal aid work

New appointment for Victoria Legal Aid Director Legal Practice

Our Director Legal Practice Meagan Keogh is looking forward to improving the public's experience with the legal system in her new role as Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria's Specialist Accreditation Board. Read more.

Managing lawyers appointed for Sunshine and Geelong offices

New managing lawyers for our Sunshine and Geelong offices, Amanda Carter and Gayathri Paramasivam, are looking forward to addressing disadvantage in their regions. Read more.

Inventive thinker turns skills to developing community legal centres

Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria Sector Development Manager Katie Fraser recalls how an overseas fellowship inspired her to assist newly arrived refugees. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Sign up for Brief Analysis Masterclass

Our Brief Analysis Masterclass will assist junior practitioners to develop new skills in brief preparation and help more senior practitioners refresh their approach. Read more.

Panel conditions update

We have introduced new conditions, including practice standards, for firms and individual Panel Certifiers on our Section 29A panels. Practitioners must familiarise themselves with, and abide by, these conditions as a condition of remaining on the panel. For all conditions see Section 29A panels conditions

Please contact the Panels Coordinator regarding any questions concerning panel conditions.

Baseline sentencing workshop

Criminal lawyers are invited to attend training on the changes to the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Act 2014, a baseline sentencing scheme commenced in Victoria in November 2014. This training will be delivered by Victoria Legal Aid, the Office of Public Prosecutions, the Sentencing Advisory Council and the Judicial College of Victoria. Read more.

Community news and notices

Entries for Legal Reporting Awards closing soon

The Victoria Law Foundation is currently accepting entries for the 2015 Legal Reporting Awards which recognise media stories that help Victorians understand the law and legal system.

Entries close Friday 6 February. Read more.

Applications for Victoria Law Foundation grants now open

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

Applications close Tuesday 17 March. Read more.

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