1 October 2014 – Volume 66

News

Analysis done once, done well, delivers for clients and courts

Twists and turns challenged this criminal case, but the defence team developed a great plan A, and it didn’t let them down.
 
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Victorian lawyers revealed as the pro bono pros

Volunteering is thriving among lawyers and legal students in Victoria, with a new survey showing just how much ‘give’ the profession generates when it comes to helping those in need.
 
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Changes to encourage more efficient trials and higher quality representation for clients

We are working with our colleagues in the justice sector to develop changes that will encourage more efficient trials and higher quality representation for clients.
 
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Panel practitioner updates

Compliance checks underway

Our periodic checks of practitioner files for compliance with criminal and family law guidelines help ensure our guidelines are correctly applied, and limited legal aid funding can be directed to those most in need. Read more.
 

Appeal Costs Fund Certificates benefit your client

Funds reimbursed to Victoria Legal Aid from Appeal Costs Fund Certificates help us assist as many people as possible and reduces the contribution paid by clients toward the cost of their legal assistance. Read more.
 

Panels Project update – focusing on high quality legal services

Grants of legal assistance will soon be allocated exclusively to private practitioners on the specialist section 29A panels. Our new panels requirements ensure quality representation for legally aided clients. Read the Panels Project update.
 

Fees for post-committal directions hearings in the Supreme Court

From 1 October 2014 the Supreme Court will list post-committal directions hearings within 24 hours of the completion of a committal hearing. Practitioners can claim for a post-committal directions hearing in the Supreme Court immediately without an extension of legal assistance for trial. Read more.
 

Principal Lawyer required at Legal Aid Queensland

Legal Aid Queensland is looking for a full-time permanent principal lawyer for their Brisbane office to help lead and manage their Children and Young People team.
Applications close Friday 3 October. For more information see Legal Aid Queensland’s website.

Community events

Mental Health Week – 5 to 11 October

Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars.

International Criminal Law Congress – 8 to 12 October

The International Criminal Law Congress brings together criminal law practitioners, judges, policy officers, academics, students, and other interested professionals to review current international research, trends, case law, and practices. It also provides opportunities for professional networking and the exchanging of ideas. Find out more about the program and register online.

Lock up a lawyer – Friday 10 October

Presented by Melbourne City Mission, Lock up a lawyer gives you the chance to sleep in the cells at Pentridge Prison's infamous D Division Remand Centre that previously housed some of Melbourne's most notorious criminals. All money raised will go to Melbourne City Mission’s justice services.

Castan Centre Gala Dinner – 23 October

The Castan Centre Gala Dinner is a vital fundraiser for the centre's many policy, public education and student programs. This year's keynote speaker is former Chief Minister of the ACT so come along for a night of festivities with Melbourne's human rights community. To register see 2014 Castan Centre Dinner.

Salvation Army Dinner and Charity Auction – 27 and 28 October

The Salvation Army Dinner and Charity Auction aims to raise money for the Urban Justice Centre which provides legal advice, advocacy and court and tribunal representation for homeless and at-risk members of the Melbourne community. Find out more.

Find legal answers to common legal problems

For easy-to-understand legal information about attending court, mental health rights, debt, employment, discrimination, child support, fines and more, go to Find legal answers.

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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. Also see what's new to the library this month.

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