Children's Court Bar Association


The Children's Court Bar Association looks particularly at matters related to the Family Division of the Children's Court.

The Children’s Court Bar Association was formed in 2000. It currently has a membership of over 70 barristers who have either exclusive or a significant area of practice in the Family and/or Criminal Divisions of the Children’s Court of Victoria and in the higher Courts on appeal from the Children’s Court.

 

Purposes and objectives

The Association’s Purposes include:

  • promoting best practice and high standards of representation in the Children’s Court of Victoria
  • raising the profile of the Court and the importance of its jurisdiction
  • providing input to the Court when requested on any changes in practice or procedure
  • liaising with the Court on important initiatives and any practice directions
  • providing members to attend Court forums, taskforces, working parties and implementation and evaluation groups (for example, for New Model Mediations)

The Association’s Objectives include:

  • responding to the Court’s requests for assistance and input
  • raising awareness of legislative and case law developments
  • providing speakers for training and conference opportunities
  • alerting barristers to practice and procedure changes
  • making representations to Victoria Legal Aid and government bodies as to the appropriateness of proposed fee
  • scales and briefing structures
  • making submissions to law reform and parliamentary enquiries as necessary

Guidelines

A barrister is generally briefed to appear for parents and children at contested hearings in the Children’s Court jurisdiction by a solicitor. Victoria Legal Aid appoints panels of solicitors to undertake this task and a number of them are available at the court on a daily basis. For more information contact Victoria Legal Aid, 350 Queen Street Melbourne 3000 or the Children’s Court of Victoria, 477 Lt Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000.

 

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