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Special General Meeting of Members

[27 Apr 2009]

Notice is hereby given that a special general meeting of the members of the Victorian Bar Incorporated will be held on Wednesday 27 May 2009 at 5pm in the Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street Melbourne in the State of Victoria, for the purpose of amending the Constitution of the Victorian Bar Incorporated.

All materials in relation to the proposed amendments are posted in the Members Only section of the Bar website including: (1) an Explanatory Memorandum and a clean copy of the April 2009 Draft Constitution (both circulated with the notice of special general meeting called for 27 May 2009 at which these amendments are to be considered); (2) a clean copy of the 2006 Constitution; and (3) a tracked-changes version of the 2006 Constitution incorporating the proposed amendments, but not the re-ordering or re-numbering.

WBA Slideshow Launch

[20 Apr 2009]

The Women Barristers Association (WBA) warmly invites you to attend the launch of its new 30 minute multimedia slideshow at 1 pm on Tuesday 12 May 2009: "And what do we have here?!!” The first 25 women to sign the Victorian Bar Roll – some personal reminiscences.

RSVP by Monday 11 May 2009 to: simonejacobson@vicbar.com.au

Introduction to the Uniform Evidence Act in Victoria: Significant Changes

[6 Apr 2009]

The Judicial College of Victoria, in collaboration with the Victorian Law Reform Commission, has published this accessible, easy-to-read guide to help judicial officers and legal practitioners understand the major changes to the law of evidence in Victoria expected to commence later this year.

Flowcharts attached to the guide are designed to provide practical, step-by-step assistance in working through particular issues.

This resource is available to judicial officers on the JCV's intranet - JOIN, and to the legal profession and others in the 'News' section of the JCV website. It is also accessible on the VLRC website under 'Completed Projects > Evidence'.

Thank You Function for Pro Bono Barristers

[3 Apr 2009]

Last night the Pro Bono Committee hosted a reception in honour of the pro bono commitment of the Victorian Bar. Alexandra Richards QC and the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG addressed a gathering that included over 150 barristers, members of the judiciary, staff from the Bar’s Legal Assistance Scheme and PILCH, and other dignitaries.