9 July 2014 – Volume 60

News

Victoria Legal Aid on the international stage

Find out what Managing Director Bevan Warner had to say about his recent trip to the United Kingdom where he presented at an international conference and met with UK and Scottish legal aid counterparts.
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Unravelling a web to stymie a stalker
To Senior Lawyer Marika Ruzyla, the intervention order protecting her client from a stalker was not strong enough. Find out why she thought more protection was needed and how she got it.

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Participate in shaping Victoria Legal Aid's future directions
At the end of 2014 Victoria Legal Aid's Strategic Plan will expire, which provides the opportunity to consider how we can better fulfil our purpose. We recognise our future directions should not be set in isolation, so please get involved and inform our thinking.

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VLA people

Making a difference in Broadmeadows

With National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week in full swing, Indigenous Victoria Legal Aid lawyer Ron Davis explains what motivates him to assist clients through our Broadmeadows office. Find out more.

Panel practitioner updates

New Mental Health Act resources for lawyers and advocates

The introduction of the Mental Health Act 2014 is a major moment for the thousands of Victorians receiving compulsory treatment, their families and supporters, and the people and services that work with them.

We invite you to keep informed about the developments of the new Act by:

Family law trials and final hearings guidelines change

New guidelines for legal representation at family law final hearings will come into effect on 1 September this year.

Read more at Change to family law trials and final hearings guideline.

Community events

NAIDOC Week – 6 to 13 July

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

Read more at National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week.

Human Rights Under the Charter: The Development of Human Rights Law in Victoria – 7 and 8 August

Held by Monash University, Human Rights Under the Charter: The Development of Human Rights Law in Victoria is the first international conference to present a thorough judicial and academic analysis of Victoria's human rights jurisprudence produced under the Victorian Human Rights Charter.

Read more at Human Rights Under the Charter: The Development of Human Rights Law in Victoria.

Launch of Beyond doubt: the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime – 21 July

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay will launch the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission research report, Beyond doubt: the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime on 21 July.

The report examines whether police services are delivered on equal footing for people with disabilities who are victims of crime, compared to those without disability.

Read more at Beyond doubt: the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime.

Mental health rights

We have new information for people with a mental illness to help them understand the recent changes to the law. See Mental health and your rights.

VLA's Public Law Library

Locate legislation, case law, or other material from our collection  – many resources can be accessed online via our Public Law Library Catalogue. You can also check out what is new to the library this month.

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