21 January 2015 – Volume 72

News

Innovative family law options flagged in Victoria Legal Aid review

Wide-ranging changes to Victoria Legal Aid's family law services are canvassed in a consultation and options paper. Read more.

Strategy stakeholder consultation: what you told us

We are sharing the results from extensive stakeholder consultation undertaken between July and September 2014. The feedback gathered has informed how Victoria Legal Aid can continue to assist the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians as part of our new strategic direction. Read more.

Research shows strong community support for Victoria Legal Aid

More than 1500 people were consulted as part of the community research to inform our strategic direction, with 92 per cent of respondents agreeing that it was important or very important for a government funded agency to help people who can’t afford legal services. Read more.

Supreme Court decision strengthens legal protections for involuntary psychiatric patients

The rights of thousands of involuntary psychiatric patients have been clarified and strengthened after a decision handed down in the Victorian Supreme Court. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

New brief analysis and case strategy fee and changes to the fees for instructing solicitors

We are now providing a new fee for brief analysis and case strategy development in indictable criminal law matters. The fees for an instructing solicitor in the County and Supreme courts have also changed to an hourly rate. Read more.

Baseline sentencing workshop

Criminal lawyers are invited to attend training around the changes to the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Act 2014, a baseline sentencing scheme commenced in Victoria in November 2014. This training will be delivered by Victoria Legal Aid, the Office of Public Prosecutions, the Sentencing Advisory Council and the Judicial College of Victoria. Read more.

In the news

Independence crucial in protecting people's human rights, says Commission head

Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs explains, in her own words, why it's important for public institutions which uphold the law and protect people's rights to maintain their independence. Read more.

Community news and notices

Victoria Law Foundation Legal Laneway Breakfast on 4 February 2015

Now in its 12th year and organised by the Victoria Law Foundation, the 2015 Legal Laneway Breakfast is a great way to celebrate the start of the legal year, catch up with colleagues and meet new faces in the legal sector. 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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