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LIV Council’s country visit


Cite as: (2007) 81(7) LIJ, p. 14

As part of a continuing program to reach out to the regions, the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Council held its May meeting in Warrnambool.

Twice-yearly the LIV Council holds meetings outside of the central business district.

The visits give regional and suburban law associations the chance to see Council working at first hand, LIV president Geoff Provis said.

“We recognise the social and legal value of our courts going on circuit, and believe that it is similarly important for our fellow practitioners in regional areas to have the opportunity to sit in on Council meetings, and raise issues and voice concerns as necessary,” he said.

Western District Law Association president James Nicol said the visit was an opportunity that was highly appreciated by the regional association.

The regional meeting held in Warrnambool was a valuable chance for members to communicate and network with Council members as well as each other, he said.

“We’re represented on Council, but we don’t always get the chance to contribute so directly to Council.”

The visit had a spin-off benefit, Mr Nicol said, in that it had encouraged the 40 or so members that attended the Council meeting to get together as an association more regularly.

“It’s helped fire up the local law association and made us determined to revive our annual conference.”

In past years Council has visited Bendigo, Gippsland, Geelong, and Goulburn Valley Law Associations.

The next regional association scheduled to be visited will be Mildura in April next year.


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