5 August 2015 – Volume 86


Royal Commission into Family Violence hears about the vital role of duty lawyer services

The Royal Commission into Family Violence has heard about the important role duty lawyers play in helping applicants and respondents in family violence matters. Read more.

First stage of Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List released

Victoria Legal Aid recently announced the barristers who have been included in the first Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List, in advance of an updated list being published on 31 August. Read more.

Meagan Keogh appointed to the Magistrates' Court

Former Victoria Legal Aid Director Legal Practice Meagan Keogh will continue to sustain her commitment to justice after being appointed to the Magistrates' Court. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Financially associated persons who support victims of family violence

We know that friends and family are often called upon to assist in responding to crisis situations, such as a friend, sibling or adult child fleeing family violence.

Practitioners will be aware that a ‘financially associated person’ (FAP) is defined in the VLA Handbook for lawyers as ‘any person who usually provides the person applying for a grant of legal assistance with financial support or any person who could reasonably be expected to financially assist the person applying for a grant of legal assistance’.

We do not consider as a FAP a person who is temporarily providing accommodation or other support to assist an applicant escape from family violence. In these extraordinary circumstances, the family member or friend's details should not be entered into ATLAS.

Community news and notices

National Child Protection Week – 6 to 12 September

Held by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, this year's National Child Protection Week will focus on increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of primary prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect in Australia. Read more at National Child Protection Week.

Mental Health Week – 4 to 10 October

Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre, and seminars. Read more at Mental Health Week.

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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