I have received correspondence from members regarding last week’s In Brief message, including correspondence that members may have seen in media reports. I am grateful to those who have written to me for taking the time to express their views and concerns. I always welcome feedback from members. I will provide a considered response to the authors of that correspondence shortly.
In the meantime, I would urge members to complete the Digital Courts Survey, a link to which can be found in the notices under ‘News & Events’.
There has also been correspondence (and media reports) in relation to our membership of the Law Council of Australia. This is a more complicated issue with a long history. It is my intention to give members a special update on the position with regard to our membership next week.
I would like to thank the Victorian Bar Pro Bono and Student Engagement Committees for collaborating with Monash University to create the Open Justice Project, which provides Monash University law students with an opportunity to assist members working on pro bono matters. An event launching the Project will be held on Wednesday, 24 March. I encourage all barristers who provide pro bono assistance to attend the launch to learn more about the Project, including to meet the students selected to take part. The Patron of the Project, the Honourable Chris Maxwell AC, President of the Court of Appeal, will be giving a keynote speech. You can register here.
Christopher Blanden QC