18 September 2014 – Volume 65


Annual Report 2013–14 tabled

The Victoria Legal Aid 2013–14 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament today.
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A father finds his way back to his son, with help from Roundtable Dispute Management

We helped a separated family work through the emotional issues that were preventing a father and son from spending time together. Their story is one of many in our 2013–14 Annual Report.
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Appeals review finds numbers are down and extra safeguards being developed

Our review has found criminal appeal numbers and spending are down and cases are being resolved more quickly.
You can also read an opinion piece by our Managing Director Bevan Warner explaining why appeals are an integral part of a fair justice system.
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Consortium takes out 2014 Children's Law Award

The determination of members of the Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor Consortium has been praised following their win at the 2014 Children's Law Awards.Read more

VLA people

Are you here for an intervention order? When domestic violence finds its way to court

In this report published on The Citizen website, Senior Family Lawyer Tara Bressan provides an insight into the hectic and confronting life of a duty lawyer in the Frankston Magistrates' Court. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Guidelines sought on community corrections orders in historic application

The Court of Appeal is considering our submission, among others, seeking Victoria's first Guideline Judgment. Find out more.

New Trial Counsel Development Program Juniors announced

Our Trial Counsel Development Program continues to mentor talented lawyers with the latest intake for 2014–15 recently announced. Find out more.

Changes to family law trials and final hearings guideline

As of 1 September 2014, funding for legal representation at final hearing of family law trials is available where people who are legally aided meet new eligibility criteria concerning family violence. Find out more.

Now open: newly established Family Violence Panel and new Family Law Panel

Our Family Violence and Family Law panels are now open and we are seeking expressions of interest from qualified firms and practitioners. Find out more.

Community events

LIV helps lawyers with wellbeing 24/7

Working as a lawyer is often stressful due to high workloads, billable hours, traumatic material, client expectations and commercial pressures. The Law Institute of Victoria’s report Mental Health and the Legal Profession: A Preventative Strategy calls for the implementation of health and wellbeing programs that are proactive in their approach to wellbeing, and preventative in their focus on mental health.
The Vic Lawyers’ Health service provides confidential, independent, 24-hour wellbeing services for LIV members on 1300 664 744.

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.
For more information see Mental Health Week.

Lock up a lawyer – 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.
For more information see Lock up a lawyer.

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.

Survey for victims of crime

The Victorian Department of Justice is undertaking a survey of victims or witnesses who attended the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria from 2012 to 2014.
The answers will help the Department of Justice and the Magistrates’ Court understand the needs of people who attend court, and assist the court in developing services and programs.
Find out more about the survey.

Are you on a treatment order?

This free publication provides vital information about treatment orders including what compulsory treatment is, how orders are made, getting an order revoked and getting free legal help.

VLA's Public Law Library

Locate case law, journal articles and 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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