11 May 2016 – Volume 103


Law Week 16–22 May 2016 lawweek.net.au

Get involved with Law Week 2016

As a major sponsor of Law Week 2016, Victoria Legal Aid will take the opportunity to inform the community about our services and our role in the justice system.

Read more about the Law Week 2016 program.

Victoria Legal Aid welcomes Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner appointment

We congratulate Executive Director Legal Practice Kristen Hilton on her appointment as Victoria's new Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

Read more about the VEOHRC appointment.

Advocating for a better approach for families caught between state and Commonwealth court systems

Victoria Legal Aid is concerned the continued dire under-funding of the legal assistance sector and courts will see the progress of the Royal Commission into Family Violence hampered in the federal family law courts.

Read more about our response to the Federal Government's funding of the legal assistance sector.

Widespread age and disability discrimination shows need for law reform

We have issued a response to the Willing to Work Report, released by the Australian Human Rights Commission. It has found that age and disability discrimination is common across Australian workplaces and highlights the need for discrimination law to be changed.

Read more about our response.

Family violence is now core business for the family law courts – it should be treated that way

Executive Director Family, Youth and and Children's Law Nicole Rich explains why family law courts are struggling within current resources to keep up with the number and growing complexity of the parenting cases before them.

Read more at her LinkedIn post.

Panel practitioner updates

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 upcoming crime lectures for accredited specialisation.

Learn more about Youth Bail Amendment Act changes

We encourage youth crime practitioners to read our summary of the main changes relevant to children that have come about through the Bail Amendment Act and to contact us for practice support or feedback on the changes.

Read more at Commencement of the Bail Amendment Act 2016.

Community news and notices

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.

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to engage and collaborate with Aboriginal communities, understand their history and culture and build respectful relationships.

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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