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Victorian Bar calls for urgent talks on legal aid funding crisis

[27 Nov 2008]

Bar Council Chairman, John Digby QC, spoke at 9:15 am this morning at a public meeting of members of the Bar and Law Institute on the forecourt of the County Court of Victoria at Melbourne on the present crisis in Legal Aid funding.

Notice from Fiona McLeod S.C.: Bangladesh UCEP – Student Sponsorship Programme

[26 Nov 2008]

For more than a decade the Australian Bar Association has sent a delegation of judges and barristers to Bangladesh to teach advocacy. Justice Kellam has led this delegation many times and has been joined by members of our bar including David Ross QC and the late Bob Kent QC. 

Public Meeting – The Crisis in Legal Aid Funding

[20 Nov 2008]

The 2008 Review by Pricewaterhouse Coopers of fees paid by Victoria Legal Aid to Barristers in Criminal Cases (available here), graphically documents the funding crisis presently facing the Justice System, particularly in the area of Criminal Law.  The Review was launched by the Law Council of Australia at the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference last Friday. 

In order to highlight the issues raised by the Review and the cuts which have been made to the funding of Legal Aid in Victoria (including the February cuts to funding for Family Law cases), a jointly hosted public meeting of the Victorian Bar and Members of the Law Institute of Victoria will take place on Thursday 27 November 2008, 9 for 9.15am in the forecourt of the County Court.

Download further information below.

Launch of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Report on Fees Paid by Victoria Legal Aid to Barristers in Criminal Cases

[14 Nov 2008]

The PriceWaterhouseCoopers Report was officially launched today at the Law Council of Australia 2008 National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference in Sydney.

The Law Handbook 2009 on sale now

[12 Nov 2008]

Published for 30 years by the Fitzroy Legal Service, The Law Handbook continues to be a valuable general reference for practitioners, with over 40% of our sales coming from the legal profession. The Law Handbook has been written by over 70 volunteer legal experts and it is an important and authoritative first information point for people with legal problems or questions.  It includes a comprehensive directory of community, government and professional legal resources.

The extensively updated and revised edition of The Law Handbook 2009 features information on a wide range of topics including tenancy, crime, criminal records, infringements and penalties, consumer protection, bankruptcy, discrimination, education, family, internet, FOI, environmental and employment laws — plus more.

The 2009 edition of The Law Handbook contains a new chapter on Owners Corporations and major updates on Employment Law, Aged Care, Administrative Law and Judicial Review.

Price: $95.00, $85.50 for subscribers, plus $7.00 postage and handling. Online only access $70.00.

To purchase The Law Handbook, contact FLS on (03) 9411 1307, email publications@fitzroy-legal.org.au, or go to our online bookshop at www.fitzroy-legal.org.au.

Welcome – The Honourable Chief Justice French to the High Court of Australia

[1 Nov 2008]

A special sitting to welcome The Honourable Chief Justice French on the occasion of his first sitting in Melbourne will be held on Tuesday 2 December 2008 at 9.30am in the High Court Courtroom, Commonwealth Law Courts Building, level 17, 305 William Street Melbourne.