15 October 2014 – Volume 68


Efficient advocates key to County Court proceedings: Chief Judge Rozenes

County Court Chief Judge Michael Rozenes shares his thoughts about what it takes to be a top advocate and the importance of efficient trials.
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Additional funding to prevent family violence announced

Victoria Legal Aid welcomes the additional funding to legal aid family violence services, announced as part of the Victorian Government's $150 million preventing family violence package.
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Australia-first case defends the rights of people ordered into involuntary treatment

We recently launched Supreme Court action to protect the rights of thousands of people who each year are ordered into involuntary psychiatric treatment, when the serious step is taken to detain or treat them against their will.
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Recognising special circumstances prevents fines debt taking its toll

A single mother of four has been spared prison over a sizeable fines and infringements debt relating to unpaid road tolls. Find out why.
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Face to face: training helps Independent Children's Lawyers make the call

The difficult decisions faced by Independent Children's Lawyers in dealing with vulnerable children have been revealed in a new report, but for lawyers on our panel, help is at hand.
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VLA people

A natural calling leads Helen Fatouros to the Victorian Law Reform Commission

She has been a prosecuting advocate, a defence advocate, an educator and our Director of Criminal Law. Helen Fatouros now has the opportunity to put her experience and innovative streak to work with the Victorian Law Reform Commission. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Quality practice resources available to practitioners

Our new suite of practice resources for practitioners is helping deliver high standards of client representation and improve the quality of legally aided trials. Read more.

Community events

Reclaim the Night – 18 October

Reclaim the Night is a march that highlights a woman’s right to access public space and her home free from harassment and violence. Marchers will also be calling on the government to fund community and legal services for vulnerable women and children. Find out more.

Rethinking rehabilitation and aftercare – 22 October

Come and hear Jason Wong, former Deputy Director and Chief of Staff of the Singapore Prison Service, talk about a decade of prison reform in Singapore. Presented by Smart Justice and the Reintegration Puzzle Conference. Find out more.

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 Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane, 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.

How to help with housing – 11 November

Co-presented by Victoria Legal Aid, this day of tenancy issues training will assist community workers and lawyers when a client presents with a rental housing issue. Topics covered include identifying housing rights, duties of landlords and tenants, compliance, compensation, rent increases, repairs, eviction and attending VCAT with your clients. See How to help with housing (PDF, 407KB).

Check out Mind the Act

The second edition of Mind the Act – Victoria Legal Aid's eNewsletter covering developments relating to the new Mental Health Act 2014 – is now online. To read and subscribe go to Mind the Act.

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