29 April 2016 – Volume 102


Victoria Legal Aid welcomes justice investment but more is needed

Victoria Legal Aid welcomes initiatives in the Victorian State Budget 2016–17 to improve justice, but more is needed.

Read more at Victoria Legal Aid welcomes justice investment but more is needed.

New justice initiative launched to help 11,000 asylum seekers with protection claims

A new partnership funded by Victoria Legal Aid will enable Refugee Legal and Justice Connect help up to 11,000 asylum seekers living in Victoria get the legal assistance they need to have their claims for protection assessed fairly.

Read more about the initiative.

The rationale behind funding legal assistance for asylum seekers

Managing Director Bevan Warner recently highlighted why we are funding legal assistance for asylum seekers and the benefits that accrue to everyone through doing so.

Read more at A fine balance.

Teaming up to ensure best possible expert evidence in crimes mental impairment cases

We have teamed up with the Victorian Bar and Forensicare to run training that recognises the importance of giving quality expert evidence in Crimes Mental Impairment Act cases.

Read more about the training.

Panel practitioner updates

Youth bail amendment act starts Monday 2 May

We welcome the commencement of the Bail Amendment Act 2016 this Monday 2 May 2016, and encourage youth crime practitioners to let us know of any issues or positive stories that come about as a result of the Act.

Read more at Youth bail amendment act starts Monday 2 May.

Support for panel practitioners and 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 the upcoming crime and children's law lectures for accredited specialisation.

Community news and notices

The High School Lawyer

Learn about the inspiring story of family violence survivor Vincent Shin who works with WEstjustice as the nation's first school lawyer at The Grange Secondary College in Melbourne's western suburbs.

The Future of Courts and Legal Services – 3 May

An author, speaker and independent adviser to major professional firms and national governments, Professor Richard Susskind OBE will speak about The Future of Courts and Legal Services and, in particular, the way in which information technology and the internet are changing the work of lawyers.

'Out of character', Legal responses to intimate partner homicides – 5 May

Presented by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, Out of character will discuss the impact of extensive reforms which were made to homicide laws in Victoria in 2005, and more recently in 2014. 

Law Week – 16 to 22 May

Law Week 2016 is an annual festival of events that makes learning about the law easy. Find answers to everyday legal issues, go behind the scenes at the courts or simply get carried away in the drama of the law.

Talking Justice: Conversations about talking and doing justice – 20 to 22 May

Come and listen to Australia's finest writers and thinkers talk about what 'justice' means in our contemporary world and share in their passion and expertise at Talking Justice. This year's speakers include Julian Burnside AO QC, Martin Flanagan, Tim Costello AO, Clementine Ford, Felicity Gerry QC and many more.

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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