21 July 2015 – Volume 85


How signing up for change helped Troy save his relationship and prospects

A night out resulted in Troy being charged with assault on a police officer. It took legal advice for him to realise that it began with family violence but it didn't need to end that way. Read more.

New chairperson of the Panel of Independent Reviewers appointed

The Hon Andrew McIntosh was recently appointed chair of our Panel of Independent Reviewers and brings a wide range of legal experience to the role. Read more.

Legal help available for Centrelink problems

Extra legal help in dealing with Centrelink problems is now available for people living in the outer metropolitan suburbs of Healesville and Werribee. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Victoria Legal Aid calls for national change for victims as it revamps family law services

We will introduce new eligibility guidelines in October, as we begin revamping family law help for vulnerable Victorians following a wide-ranging review. Read more.

Update on establishment of Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List

The establishment of our first Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List will begin on 31 July and will ensure high quality legal representation and well run trials that benefit our clients, the courts and the community. Read more.

Community news and notices

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 24 July

This year's conference will feature Chief Executive Officer of Domestic Violence Victoria Fiona McCormack, Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia Helen Szoke and Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference. Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference.

The Jury Directions Act 2015: An Overview for Practitioners – 27 July

This session will bring together judicial and academic experts to provide an overview of the Act and outline changes to directions and obligations on lawyers under the Act. An expert panel will also respond to questions by attendees. Read more at The Jury Directions Act 2015: An Overview for Practitioners.

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities (ADRIC) – 27 and 28 July

ADRIC 2015 provides a unique opportunity for those working in the legal, government and not-for-profit sectors to discover the latest thinking in mediation practice from leading practitioners working in a variety of Indigenous fields. Read more at Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities.

Launch of Supporting Working Parents website – 30 July

Come along to the launch of the Supporting Working Parents website which provides online resources for employers and employees on their rights and obligations in relation to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work. Victoria Legal Aid Director of Civil Justice, Access and Equity Kristen Hilton will join a panel discussion after the launch. Read more at Launch of Supporting Working Parents website.

Trivia night – 30 July

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.

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