this product is unavailable for purchase using a firm account, please log in with a personal account to make this purchase.

LIV update

Every Issue

Cite as: December 2010 84(12) LIJ, p.88


The LIV Council meets each month to debate and decide issues of importance to members, the overall legal profession and the community.

During the 21 October meeting, Council discussed the Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) fee structure review, the LIV position on double jeopardy, mental health and the legal profession, attraction and retention of the legal profession in regional, rural and remote (RRR) areas and the activities of the LIV future focus portfolio during 2010.

As part of Council’s policy to include all interests of LIV members, country law associations representatives were special guests at the meeting and provided an update on the current activities of their respective associations.

VLA fee structure review

Councillor Conor O’Brien explained the LIV Criminal Law Section executive’s concern regarding the “whole of job” fee contained in the VLA review. LIV CEO Michael Brett Young outlined the continuing dialogue between the LIV and VLA and the LIV’s attempts to resolve the situation favourably for members.

Criminal law taskforce for double jeopardy review

Council voted to establish a criminal law taskforce to review the LIV’s existing policy on double jeopardy principles and return with a recommendation to Council to either affirm or change the policy.

The move followed a decision by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General that the states and territories would work on a common position with changes to be made on a uniform basis only.

Mental health and the legal profession

Council endorsed a proposal for a joint working party with the Victorian Bar, Legal Services Board and Board of Examiners to develop a proposal for a new approach to the handling of disclosure of health issues under the Legal Profession Act 2004. It also supported the development of a mental wellbeing strategy for the LIV in 2011.

RRR project

LIV immediate past president Danny Barlow provided a comprehensive update of the progress of the LIV’s state and federal lobbying efforts in relation to the attraction and retention of the legal profession in RRR areas.

Future focus

Council noted the initiatives and activities undertaken by the future focus portfolio during 2010. These included a scoping project on the legal profession in 2020, the promotion of volunteering opportunities overseas, social media and its impact on developing business for legal practitioners, value-based billing and undergraduate legal education.

Country law association updates

Gippsland Law Association president Belinda Wilson said the involvement of many young lawyers in her group had translated into a wide variety of vibrant social gatherings throughout the year. She also said the association was moving into mentoring initiatives in 2011 and had been lobbying state election candidates using the LIV Call to the Parties document.

Mornington Peninsula Law Association president Stephen Shipp said the association had formed a sub-committee to discuss court facilities in Frankston and legal aid funding. He also said the association had embraced social networking message system Yammer, which kept members talking between regular bi-monthly meetings.

North East Law Association president Karen Keegan and Geelong Law Association president Danielle Leo were apologies.


Leave message

 Security code
LIV Social