Call for Nominations - Bar Council By-Election
There is a vacancy on Bar Council due to the recent appointment of the Hon Justice Jacinta Forbes to the Supreme Court of Victoria.
On Monday, there will be a formal call for nominations from members in ‘Category A’, comprising silks or junior counsel of not less than fifteen years’ standing.
I encourage all eligible members to consider nominating. It is a great privilege to serve on Bar Council and we have a busy, ambitious and innovative agenda for the remainder of this term.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday 6 May at 5pm.
Online voting will be open between 9am on Wednesday 8 May and 5pm Wednesday 15 May, with the poll being declared at a meeting of Bar Council the following day.
All members who are eligible to vote will receive an email with instructions for nominating and online voting, together with a nomination form. There will also be notices on our website, in the lifts and in next week’s edition of In Brief.
For more information, contact Denise Bennett on email@example.com or the Bar office, Level 5, Owen Dixon Chambers East.
Applications for Silk open on Monday 29 April, close on Friday 31 May, 5pm
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Hon Anne Ferguson, this week released details of the silk appointment process for 2019. Suitably experienced lawyers who are officers of the Supreme Court of Victoria are eligible to apply to the Chief Justice to be appointed to the office of Senior Counsel.
Applications will open this coming Monday, 29 April 2019 and close on Friday 31 May 2019 at 5pm. Members should note that the closing date for applications is earlier than it has been in recent years.
Anyone contemplating applying for silk should read each of those documents carefully. They identify, among other matters, the criteria for appointment as silk and the process for appointment. There are some changes to the process this year of which intending applicants should be aware.
Applicants who have questions about the process, or inquiries concerning completion of the application form, are welcome to contact me on a confidential basis at any time.
There will be an information session for silk candidates at 1pm on Thursday 9 May 2019 in the Neil McPhee room. The information session will be made available for viewing on the Victorian Bar website as soon as possible after that date.
Renew your Practising Certificate or incur a surcharge
It is time for all practising members to renew their practising certificate. The deadline for renewing your PC without incurring a surcharge is next Tuesday, 30 April 2019. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to login to LSB Online and renew your PC this weekend. Further details in the notice below.
LCA Election Priorities
The Law Council of Australia, representing 16 state and territory law societies and Bar Associations, has released its 2019 Federal Election Call to Parties. The document outlines the LCA’s election priorities, which are directed at law and policy for the betterment of the Australian community, our democracy and the legal profession by promoting the administration of justice, access to justice, a strong legal profession and improvement of the law. It is well worth a look.
The report’s priorities are Access to Justice, including implementation of recommendations from the Justice Project and family law reforms; Strengthening Integrity via a national integrity commission, a federal judicial commission and the Australian Law Reform Commission; improving justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; criminal justice reforms including a minimum sentencing age and replacing mandatory sentencing with evidence-based justice strategies; increased legal support for people experiencing disadvantage including support for family violence measures, and for people with disabilities and victims of elder abuse, human trafficking and slavery and like offences; human rights reforms, including a Commonwealth charter or bill of rights, consolidation of federal anti-discrimination laws, procedural fairness for asylum seekers, and opposition to the death penalty internationally; business issues and consumer rights including law reform and review across a range of areas; and professional regulation reform affecting lawyers.
John Snaden will be both sworn in and welcomed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia on Monday 29 April 2019 at 9.30am.
The profession will welcome the Hon Justice Tim McEvoy to the Family Court of Australia on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 4:30pm.
Elizabeth Brimer QC will be sworn in and welcomed in the County Court on Thursday 2 May at 9.15am.
Stewart Anderson QC will be both sworn in and welcomed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia on Monday 6 May 2019 at 9.30am.
George Georgiou SC will be sworn in and welcomed in the County Court on Thursday 9 May at 9.15am.
The profession will welcome the Hon Justice Jacinta Forbes as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria on Friday 10 May at 9.15am.
Welcome details for Magistrate Shiva Pillai will be advised when they are known.