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Cite as: (2007) 81(12) LIJ, p. 82

The Office of the Public Advocate, retirement villages, Northern Territory Supreme Court judgments, The Hague Conference on Private International Law, legislative information and the LIV annual reports section feature in this month’s reviews.

Office of the Public Advocate
This Victorian authority exists to “promote the human rights, interests and dignity of Victorians with a disability”. The front page gives you clear options for popular services and information such as guardianship and administration, powers of attorney and medical consent, with choices of forms or further information. The header crosses all pages with consistent links to main entry points, an option to increase the text size and a large 1300 number to call. There are also options for 11 languages other than English, although these appear limited to downloads of the most common forms and fact sheets.

Consumer Affairs Victoria
The Consumer Affairs Victoria Resource Centre has made it easier to find a list of retirement villages operating under the Retirement Villages Act. Click on Buying and Selling Property on the homepage and then select Retirement Villages. The Find a Retirement Village link appears on the right-hand menu under online services. This allows the user to locate a retirement village by postcode or name. Where exemptions are applicable, the site provides gazettal information stating the declaration of exemption. Additional resources on retirement villages include details of legislation applying to retirement villages in Victoria, frequently asked questions and forms.

Northern Territory Supreme Court Judgments
Here is an alternative to AustLII if you need to locate a Northern Territory judgment. Northern Territory sentencing decisions are generally loaded onto this site on the day that the sentence is imposed (although there are occasional exceptions). There is an advanced search facility for locating judgments from 2003 onwards; earlier years will be added gradually. In the meantime, use the standard search for pre-2003 decisions or browse the annual archive. The Indexes of Judgments page provides access to a Parties Index 1918 to 2004; Subject Index 1977 to 2000 and 2001 to 2004; Cases Judicially Considered 1977 to 2004; and Statutes Judicially Interpreted 1977 to 2004.

Hague Conference on Private International Law
The modern world is globally connected by personal, family or commercial situations which cross continents, borders and legal jurisdictions. Each country has different legal systems, traditions and conventions. To bridge the divide between countries and resolve legal issues, the Hague Conference on Private International Law was instituted to provide an inter-governmental organisation which develops private international law. This international organisation reviews, develops and authorises “multilateral legal instruments” to respond to global needs to protect family, children, civil procedure and commercial law. By unifying rules and resolving legal differences among countries and member states, the Hague Conference on Private International Law is able to provide a high degree of legal security.

Lawlex provides a portal to freely accessible primary Australian legislative information on the Internet. From the homepage click on Search Legislation and perform a keyword title search across various jurisdictions. Limit your search to find only Bills, principal, amending or subordinate legislation. An alternative way to search Lawlex is to click on Browse Legislation which takes you to a subject index. Here you can browse sub-topics by clicking on the “+” symbol next to a subject folder. This can also be done by jurisdiction and is a useful way of finding equivalent legislation in another state. Lawlex Premium Research content, newsfeeds and alerts are available only to subscribers. Visit the LIV library to access the Premium Research section.

LIV Annual Reports
The Law Institute of Victoria’s (LIV) 2007 Annual Report highlights the exceptional achievements of the LIV and its members as well as reporting on the financials for the year ending 30 June 2007.
The theme for this year’s annual report is “The power of association”. It examines the way in which the LIV interacts with its members, key profession stakeholders, the government and the public. It is also about the benefits and power members can gain through their association with the LIV.
The LIV’s strengthened commitment to the environment, together with changes to the Corporations Act, means the annual report has been primarily delivered via the LIV website, although members may request a hard copy. Archived annual reports are also available dating back to 2000.
Website reviews are provided by the Law Institute of Victoria library, ph 9607 9360/1, fax 9607 9359, email


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