Members will be disappointed that the latest COVID-19 lockdown has again forced the postponement of several Bar functions. The good news is that we managed in-person welcomes for Their Honours Judge Sharon Burchell and Judge Anna Robertson of the County Court of Victoria between lockdowns.
The dinner to celebrate the career of the Honourable Geoffrey Nettle AC QC has had to be postponed again. The dinner will probably now be held early next year and we will advise the new date when available.
The signing and dinner for the September 2020 Readers has had to be postponed from next Tuesday, 27 July. It is hoped we can reschedule to August as this is the third postponement of this important event.
All levels of the Bar are affected – the bows before the High Court of Australia for the 2020 Silks, which had been postponed from February to Monday, 2 August, has again been cancelled. We are awaiting word from the Australian Bar Association as to future arrangements.
The Bar Council’s strategy day scheduled for Saturday, 24 July, has also been cancelled.
This week the Bar held a CPD session on the Bar Benevolent Fund, which is available to provide financial assistance to members who are in financial difficulty. It too had to be delivered online. Assistance is available in any needy circumstances, which include hardship brought on by:
If you have any ideas about how the fund could better assist members or would like more information about making an application, you can contact the Bar’s Finance and Membership Manager, Mark Bryant, via email.
In response to the extension of the lockdown, we provided an update to assist members in managing their work over the next week in compliance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions. The update is available here.
Finally, to any members who have been forced into quarantine due to attending a sporting event or other Tier 1 exposure site, our best wishes for a speedy release.
Christopher Blanden QC