18 March 2015 – Volume 76


Combining legal advice with referrals helps stem family violence

A duty lawyer's approach to dealing with an application for an intervention order has given a man direction for change. Read more.

New panel aims for quality legal representation on family violence matters

Our panels have been expanded to include a new Family Violence Panel, with the quality of representation a priority. Read more.

Unpacking baseline sentencing so that it fits the case

Hosted in conjunction with the Office of Public Prosecutions, the Sentencing Advisory Council and the Judicial College of Victoria, our baseline sentencing workshop helped clarify application of the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Act 2014. Read more.

Applications for our New Lawyers Program open shortly

Applications for our New Lawyers Program will open this Friday and close on Wednesday 8 April. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

New appeals checklist now available

New practice resources to help lawyers prepare high quality merits advice when applying for legal aid funding for Court of Appeal matters are now available.

The Court of Appeal checklists and fact sheets support changes to our criminal appeal processes and guidelines which came into effect on 16 March 2015. The merits advice checklist is compulsory when submitting an application for legal aid funding for a Court of Appeal matter.

Expressions of interest now open for Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List

We are now taking applications for the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List which will provide more oversight regarding the quality of barristers appearing in legally aided criminal trials. Expressions of interest should be made by Wednesday 8 April.

Vacancies at Victoria Legal Aid

Vacancy for Deputy Chief Counsel, Chambers

An opportunity is available to work together with our Chief Counsel and Associate Director-Chambers to provide high quality advocacy for disadvantaged clients and work closely with our criminal, civil, and family law programs to support their service delivery and strategic priorities.

You will utilise your substantial trial knowledge and experience to appear as counsel in complex or significant litigation, and assist in developing the advocacy expertise of our advocates through mentoring and training. Your extensive knowledge of current issues in the Australian justice system will allow you to participate on internal and external committees, advocating on issues of significance for Chambers and Victoria Legal Aid.

For more information contact Chief Counsel Tim Marsh on (03) 9269 0355 or see our jobs board. Applications close Monday 6 April.

Vacancy for Senior Advocate, Civil Justice

An opportunity is available to act as in-house trial counsel providing high quality legal advice and representation on complex and strategically significant issues across the Civil Justice practice, including matters relating to mental health and disability law, migration law, social security law, anti-discrimination law, tenancy and other administrative law.

You will utilise your substantial trial knowledge and experience to assist in developing the advocacy expertise of our civil law advocates and lawyers through mentoring and training. This is a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in Victoria’s most significant civil law practice for disadvantaged clients and act in a range of challenging and significant legal cases.

For more information contact Chief Counsel Tim Marsh on (03) 9269 0355 or see our jobs board. Applications close Friday 27 March.

Community news and notices

Cultural Diversity Week

Held from 14 to 22 March, Cultural Diversity Week is an opportunity for all Victorians to come together and share their culture, faith and language. Join in the many events that celebrate our diversity and the benefits that multiculturalism brings to our state.

Public forum on racialised policing

Victoria Police is responding to community pressure with new anti-racial profiling training, policies and Australia's first receipting pilot. The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre present a range of experienced practitioners, researchers and community activists discussing these changes in the context of policing. Read more.

Young People and the Law Conference

This international conference in Prato, Tuscany, brings together legal and clinical practitioners, policy contributors, and researchers to examine the vulnerabilities of young people, and the role of the agencies responding to them. The emphasis is how preventative or early intervention approaches may improve outcomes for young people, as well as the community. Read more.

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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