5 March 2014 – Volume 51


Action! Filming underway on education project for teenagers with intellectual disabilities 

Together with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development we have developed an innovative legal information kit for teenagers with mild intellectual disabilities. Filming got underway last month, and our community legal education team have had a hands-on role in its production. 
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Greater flexibility needed for people who are unfit to plead 

A case now discontinued by the Office of Public Prosecutions highlights the need for increased flexibility for accused people who are unfit to plead.
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Closing this Friday: submissions to the quality criminal trials consultation 

The opportunity to make a submission to our consultation paper on Delivering High Quality Criminal Trials closes this Friday 7 March.
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VLA people

New Associate Director Access and Equity appointed 

New Associate Director Access and Equity Annie Tinney is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged and underprivileged in her new role at Victoria Legal Aid. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Practitioners reminded to correctly apply Victoria Legal Aid funding guidelines

Practitioners are reminded to correctly apply Victoria Legal Aid's funding guidelines and requirements in order to avoid restitution notices. Find out more.

Geelong Managing Lawyer role advertised
If you think you have what it takes to lead our Geelong office and provide high quality, responsive legal services for the most socially and economically disadvantaged members of the community, you could be our next Geelong Managing Lawyer. Find out more.

Changes to reconsideration requests in ATLAS

Changes to ATLAS – Victoria Legal Aid's system to lodge and track legal aid applications, extensions and invoices – now require that reconsideration requests include the extension number of the decision to be reconsidered. Find out more.

Community events

Cultural Diversity Week – 15 to 23 March

Cultural Diversity Week is an opportunity for Victorians to come together to share aspects of their culture, faith and language, and celebrate the benefits multiculturalism brings to our state.

Read more at Cultural Diversity Week 2014.

Victorian Family Law Pathways Newtwork Forum: the African Australian community within family law – access and equality, 20 March

This forum will explore the challenges African migrants in Australia experience, including understanding Australian laws, accessing legal help, and adjusting to a different culture. Featured speaker is Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar, followed by a panel discussion. The forum will be held from 3 pm to 5pm in the Registry Conference Room, Dandenong Family Court, 53-55 Robinson Street, Dandenong and places are limited. RSVP to Liese Savage at or 0457 127 554.

Read more at Family law pathways network forum.

Victoria Legal Aid'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. You can also check out what is new to the library this month.

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Download our Below the Belt app

Our free mobile Below the belt phone app helps young people understand the law about three major issues facing them: sexting, cyberbullying and the age of consent.

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