23 October 2013 – Volume 44


Victoria Legal Aid annual report tabled

Our 2012–13 Annual Report was tabled in State Parliament on 15 October and highlights how we are moving to a more stable financial position as the changes to eligibility guidelines introduced this year begin to take effect.

For the first time our Annual Report is delivered as a website with only a small number printed for tabling purposes.

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Results for 2013 Client Satisfaction Survey now out

While the results from our 2013 Client Satisfaction Survey show a slight drop in the high satisfaction rates of previous years, between 82 per cent to 98 per cent of clients surveyed would still recommend our service to others.

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Building bridges in troubled times 

Our focus on allowing children at the centre of parenting disputes the chance to share their thoughts and feelings played a key role in improving the damaged relationship between a father, his ex-partner and the couple's son.

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VLA people

A journey to find the power of one 

Football, apartheid and the Burdekin Report: Robyn Hamilton talks about the influences that led her to the role of family law advocate with Victoria Legal Aid Chambers. Read more at  A journey to find the power of one.

Helen Fatouros to join Sentencing Advisory Council

Our Director Criminal Law Helen Fatouros has been appointed to the Sentencing Advisory Council for the next three years where she will be one of 12 Council members who advise the Attorney-General on sentencing issues. Read more at Helen Fatouros to join Sentencing Advisory Council.

Panel practitioner updates

Delivering high quality criminal trials

Victoria Legal Aid is set to begin a consultation on options to improve the quality of legally aided criminal trials.

Director Criminal Law Helen Fatouros says the consultation is about making sure our major expenditure on jury trials delivers quality legal services for our clients, efficiency for the courts and value for money for the community. Read more at Delivering high quality criminal trials.

Community news

Pro bono legal services in family law and family violence – understanding the limitations and opportunities

This report by the National Pro Bono Resource Centre examines why obtaining pro bono legal assistance in family law matters is so difficult. Read more at Pro bono legal services in family law and family violence.

Reconfiguring anti-racism: Tolerance, harmony, inclusion or justice?

An international conference hosted by the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, at Deakin University on 9 to 10 December, will bring together scholars who study anti-racism, intercultural or race relations across a diverse range of disciplines and geographical areas. Read more at Reconfiguring anti-racism: Tolerance, harmony, inclusion or justice?

Seeking submissions to Access to Justice Arrangements Inquiry

The Federal Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 15-month inquiry into Australia's system of civil dispute resolution, with a focus on constraining costs and promoting access.

The Access to Justice Arrangements Inquiry has released an issues paper and is seeking submissions by Monday 4 November. Read more at Access to Justice Arrangements.

Youthlaw's new 'Street law' videos

Youthlaw have produced a series of free, short videos about young people and their rights when dealing with police and Protectice Services Officers.

Call our 1300 number for Legal Help

Legal Help Officers on our 1300 Legal Help number can provide information on a range of legal matters, as well as advice in some circumstances.

Register for ATLAS training

Training is available to help practitioners to effectively use ATLAS to lodge and track legal aid applications, extensions and invoices.

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