17 August 2016– Volume 110


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Thousands of Victorians who miss out on legal aid focus of means test review

Around one in four people experience a legal problem and 14 per cent live below the poverty line, but only eight per cent are eligible for a grant of legal aid. A major review is now underway in a bid to create a simpler and fairer means test.

Find out how you can share your experience and reshape the gateway to our services for disadvantaged Victorians.

A new approach to helping our clients find the services to meet their legal needs

We were recently selected as one of three Victorian public sector organisations to benefit from an initiative that brings fresh thinking into government to help develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

Read more about how technology could provide more effective ways to match people to services that can help them.

Research a boost to improving human rights for people with disabilities

A new report deals with the challenges of upholding human rights when compulsory treatment is ordered. 

Discover what author Eleanore Fritze saw shining a light behind closed doors.

Latest grants from the Innovation and Transformation Fund

Our Community Legal Centre Innovation and Transformation Fund was created to support projects that aid community legal centre evolution and transformation.

Read more about the latest recipients of grants from our Community Legal Centre Innovation and Transformation Fund.

People doing legal aid work

Making a difference in our rural communities

Family Lawyer Anna Farrant speaks about how her fulfilling work in our Morwell office is changing lives in disadvantaged communities.

Read more about how Anna is making a difference in our rural communities.

Panel practitioner updates

Subsequent appearance fee approved for child support matters in Magistrates' Court.

We recently approved up to three subsequent appearance fees in the Magistrates' Court for child support matters that will be effective from 1 September.

Read more about the fees.

Submission to Department of Justice and Regulation

In case you missed it, we recently made a submission to the Department of Justice and Regulation in relation to a range of possible reforms to the Appeal Costs Act 1998.

Read more about our submission.

Community news and notices

Smart Justice Symposium – 25 August

The Smart Justice Symposium will bring together government, academic, legal and service sector providers to explore opportunities for working together to 'remake justice' and improve the justice system.

Read more at Smart Justice Symposium.

Higinbotham Lecture 2016 – 25 August

The obligation of the state to provide effective legal responses to protect people from family violence is often said to be based on acknowledgement of the human rights of family violence victims. This lecture suggests that although arguments based on human rights justify criticisms of inadequate state responses to family violence, they do not go far enough.

Read more at Higinbotham Lecture 2016.

Can human rights and mandated medical treatment coexist? – 31 August

Victoria Legal Aid Senior Lawyer Eleanore Fritze will participate in this panel discussion which will debate whether mandated interventions for people experiencing mental health concerns are consistent with human rights.

Read more at Can human rights and mandated medical treatment coexist?

National Child Protection Week – 4 to 10 September

National Child Protection Week is an opportunity to recognise the important work of individuals and organisations who work with children, young people and their families.

Read more at National Protection Week.

Law and Courts in an Online World – 8 and 9 November

This conference will bring the legal sector together to explore the ways in which disruptive change and emerging business models are reshaping law and legal institutions and how we can improve access to justice for all via technology.

Read more at Law and Courts in an online world.

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