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Victorian Bar urges bushfire victims to seek free help before Royal Commission

[30 Mar 2009]

Victims of the bushfires who want to appear before the Royal Commission must lodge an application to appear within the next 10 days – by the 9 April deadline. The Victorian Bar is offering free assistance to help people lodge their applications effectively, and will also provide assistance at no charge to those appearing at the preliminary hearing on 20 April 2009.
Download full details in the media release below.

Approval by the Victorian Bar Council of an Approved Clerk

[27 Mar 2009]

The Victorian Bar Council has considered, and on 26 March 2009 approved, an application by “Barristers Logistics Pty Ltd” that Mr. Terence R Hawker be an “Approved Clerk” pursuant to section 3.3.70 of the Legal Profession Act 2004.

President’s review of VCAT

[5 Mar 2009]

The president of VCAT, Justice Kevin Bell, is currently undertaking a review of the tribunal at the request of the Attorney-General. The review will look at access, operational and jurisdictional issues to determine how to better deliver justice that is low-cost, efficient, quick and fair to the Victorian community.

On March 4 2009, the president launched the public consultation phase of the review. Members of the Bar are encouraged to engage in the process. You can download the consultation paper below. Further information about the review, and about events and forums to be held as part of the consultation process, is available at VCAT Review website. On this website you can also access Justice Bell’s speech to the Law Institute of Victoria, information about the president’s tour of regional Victoria and background on the review, and a copy of Justice Bell’s letter calling for submissions.