6 July 2016 – Volume 107


Members of EDVOS and Victoria Legal Aid, including EDVOS Chief Executive Officer Jenny Jackson (centre) and Victoria Legal Aid managing lawyer Tony Daquino.

New partnership strengthens legal support for women in Melbourne's east

A new partnership between Eastern Domestic Violence Service and Victoria Legal Aid is set to benefit women and children responding to family violence in Melbourne's east.

Read more about how the partnership will enhance support for clients eligible for Victoria Legal Aid services.

From eBay to DIY divorce – Artificial intelligence, 'robot lawyers' and beyond

This evening's fully booked event looks at the technology behind eBay's dispute resolution service and asks if it could soon help revolutionise Australian divorce battles and other common legal disputes.

You can follow the event live on the internet from 6pm, Wednesday 6 July.

Read more about how artificial intelligence and digital technology can eliminate lengthy, expensive, lawyered-up family court conflicts.

New Bairnsdale office provides improved access to legal aid

Our newly refurbished Bairnsdale office will deliver improved security, safety and assistance to clients seeking legal aid in the East Gippsland area.

Read more about our new office.

Australian story explainer: the mental impairment defence in homicide cases

Our Chief Counsel and mental impairment crime expert barrister Tim Marsh says the mental impairment defence is 'not a free ride'. 

Read the Explainer: The mental impairment defence in homicide cases which he provided as background for a recent edition of Australian Story on ABC TV.

From last resort to healing centres – Andrew Jackomos wants to reinvent residential care

The man with a thousand stories from Aboriginal children in state care wants an army of support to help them.

Read about how the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People sees it happening.

New framework helps keep clients safe

The newly released Client Safety Framework will increase our staff's awareness of family violence and suicide risk indicators and help us link our clients with specialist support services.

Read more about our Client Safety Framework.

Panel practitioner updates

Upcoming changes to indictable and summary crime ATLAS templates

In mid-July, criminal law practitioners will see changes in the ATLAS criminal law templates. To simplify the application process, the templates have been regrouped into adult and youth crime, and summary and indictable matters. All current grants will still be available under the new templates.

If you have any queries, please contact Assignments at assignmentscrime@vla.vic.gov.au or call (03) 9269 0600 between 8.45 am and 5.15 pm weekdays.

Support for panel practitioners and the community legal centre lawyers undertaking accredited specialisation

We again offer our support to private panel practitioners who are undertaking Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialisation in the areas of criminal law and children's law through:

  • study groups, providing an opportunity for practitioners to collaborate and share their knowledge, experience and resources
  • professional legal education sessions and study intensives.
Read more about how we are supporting accredited specialisation.

Crime and children's law lectures for panel practitioners and CLC lawyers

As part of the study support program for specialisation candidates, we are running a series of one-hour professional legal education sessions on topics relevant to criminal and children's lawyers. Limited places are available to panel practitioners and community legal centre staff who are not undertaking specialisation.

Find out about upcoming crime lectures for accredited specialisation.

Community news and notices

Goulburn Valley CLC seeking Senior Lawyer

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre is seeking a senior lawyer with demonstrated experience in providing legal advice and casework in community law to disadvantaged communities.

Read more at Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre.

Legal glossary demystifies legal terms

Developed in consultation with lawyers and law dictionary editors, the Victoria Law Foundation's Legal Glossary is a plain language glossary explaining more than 450 common legal terms.

Legal professionals can use it in their work with clients and members of the public.

See Legal glossary.

NAIDOC Week – 3 to 10 July

NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

Read more at NAIDOC Week.

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 22 July

Our Executive Director Criminal Law Helen Fatouros will be presenting on youth justice at the Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference on Friday 22 July. Helen will look at our youth justice system, its legislative framework, institutions and ability to deal with anti-social and violent youth offending.

The annual Castan Centre conference is the leading human rights conference in Australia, providing a vital health check on the state of human rights in Australia and overseas.

Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference.

Young Lawyers Section trivia night – 13 October

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Section of Law Institute Victoria, this trivia night is a great way to meet other legal practitioners and have fun outside the office. Registration includes trivia, finger food and two complimentary drinks.

Read more at trivia night.

If you have any community news that you would like included in this eNewsletter email editor@vla.vic.gov.au. Items will be published at the editor's discretion.


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