11 September 2013 – Volume 41


Award recognises Sophie's passion for justice

Sophie Delaney, Senior Lawyer, Mental Health and Disability Advocacy Program, has been recognised in the Law Institute of Victoria Awards for delivering access to justice.

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Duty lawyer's extra steps help Sally avoid a criminal record

A duty lawyer has linked a young woman with anger management counselling and a mentoring program to help address the problems which got her in trouble with the law.

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Our commitment to complaints handling 

Complaints provide important feedback that help us to improve our services and we have a rigorous complaints handling process to address grievances.

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Alliance monitors DisabilityCare

We are part of an alliance of legal and advocacy groups monitoring how the good intentions of DisabilityCare will work in reality in the Barwon region.

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VLA people

Our New Lawyers begin their legal aid journey 

Our 2013 New Lawyers program is training a new generation of lawyers to support some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our community. Read more at Our New Lawyers begin their legal aid journey.

Victoria Legal Aid executive announced as CHOICE's new Chair

Director Family, Youth and Children's Law Nicole Rich is the new Chair of well-known Australian consumer organisation CHOICE. Read more at Victoria Legal Aid executive announced as CHOICE's new Chair.

Panel practitioner updates

Indictable Crime Panel now open

Pursuant to section 29A of the Legal Aid Act (Vic) 1978, Victoria Legal Aid intends to appoint a new Indictable Crime Panel. Read more at Indictable Crime Panel now open.

Community news

The Law Oration 2013: Tradition and reform in the law – Thursday 3 October

Presented by the Victoria Law Foundation and Melbourne Law School, this year's annual Law Oration will feature Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark who will discuss the importance of both tradition and reform in the law, different approaches to law reform, and current law reform projects and opportunities in Victoria.

For more information see Law Oration 2013.

Promoting a neutral and transparent criminal justice system for victims of crime – Thursday 5 December

This Department of Justice symposium is an opportunity to hear from a range of speakers about current research and initiatives aimed at promoting a fairer criminal justice system for victims of crime.

It will include presentations from expert academics and professionals on a variety of topics including the split between public and private interests, the role of the victim in plea bargains, and the use of Victim Impact Statements.

For more information see Promoting a neutral and transparent criminal justice system for victims of crime.

New contacts for Assignments Unit

Victoria Legal Aid's Assignments Unit has reorganised into three teams to make it clearer who clients and practitioners should contact when enquiring about a grant of legal assistance.

The new teams are:

Assignments Criminal Law, Assignments Family Law and Assignments Civil Law.

Visit contacts for grants for more details.

VLA's Public Law Library

Locate legislation, case law or other material from our collection – many resources can be accessed online via our Public Law Library Catalogue.

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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