16 April 2015 – Volume 78


Overcoming fear and uncertainty sees a child back safe at home

A young mother nearly lost her child but, with legal help, was able to overcome her fear to tell her side of the story. Read more.

One lawyer's perspective on the legal system in Alabama

Youth Crime Program Manager Anoushka Jeronimus recently returned from a 10-week internship with the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama and shares her experience of working with prisoners and marginalised people. Read more.

Be part of the new Independent Mental Health Advocacy program

Our new Independent Mental Health Advocacy program will begin operating in the second half of 2015. We encourage professionals with mental health consumer experience and/or backgrounds in community development, mental health advocacy, community sector advocacy or similar fields to apply to join our team of non-legal senior advocates and advocates.

Applications close Monday 20 April. Read more.

New fact sheets and application letters simplify special circumstances application process

Our new fact sheets and application letters assist people trying to cancel enforcement letters and warrants on the basis of special circumstances. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

County Court launches eLodgement

Legal practitioners are reminded that the County Court has recently introduced electronic document lodgement in the criminal jurisdiction. The new system, called eLodgement, requires practitioners to lodge a number of forms and documents for criminal matters online.

For more information on how to use the system and create an eLodgement account, see County Court of Victoria.

Community news and notices

Law Week – 11 to 17 May 2015 

Law Week is an annual festival of events which makes learning about the law easy. Find answers to everyday legal issues, go behind the scenes at the courts, or simply get carried away in the drama of the law. Read more at Law Week 2015.

Law Institute of Victoria Awards – 15 May 2015

The 2015 Law Institute of Victoria Awards recognise excellence, outstanding achievements and contributions of lawyers to the community in Victoria. The ceremony will include a gala dinner, a live band and a special musical performance.
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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