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LIJ July 2014

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Cover Story

A show of respect

The 2014 Law Institute of Victoria Awards shone a spotlight on the excellent work done by members of the legal profession.

By Carolyn Ford

2014 Law Institute of Victoria Awards

Feature Articles

RedCrest saving time and money


RedCrest saving time and money

In a paradigm shift away from paper files, the Supreme Court of Victoria has developed an electronic system to improve efficiency and assist in the timely delivery of legal services. 

By Justice Peter Vickery

Reinforcing the building blocks: A move towards stronger regulation


Reinforcing the building blocks: A move towards stronger regulation

The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 will re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and signal a return to stronger regulation of the construction industry.

By Stuart Kollmorgen and Glen Pauline

The (fe)male conundrum


The (fe)male conundrum

Young people and sex reassignment: who should be the judge? And should the age of medical consent be lowered to 16? 

By Alexandra Jane Finemore

The decision,  not the disability


The decision, not the disability

To successfully challenge a rejected claim for total and permanent disability benefits, the claimant must show that the superannuation trustee or its insurer breached one of its duties. 

By Nawaar Hassan

Wrongful birth claims:  Is the damages path any clearer?


Wrongful birth claims: Is the damages path any clearer?

The decision in Waller v James was much anticipated by practitioners looking for judicial guidance as to the calculation of damages in wrongful birth actions. While the scope of damages was addressed, the plaintiffs failed in the claim, so these comments remain obiter and we continue to await binding authority. 

By Dimitra Dubrow and Erica Dobson

A maddening folly


A maddening folly

Make unchecked suggestions about a competitor and its products and post them on Facebook and you run the risk of being sued. 

By Sharon Givoni

Watershed rulings  or storm in a teacup?


Watershed rulings or storm in a teacup?

A recent High Court decision reaffirms the principle that courts, not prosecution counsel, must determine appropriate sentences. The implications of this for plea agreements are more benign than some have feared. 

By Roland Müller


Publications Department

(for LIJ (Law Institute Journal) and LIV Directory and Diary inquiries only) Tel:(61 3) 9607 9319 Fax:(61 3) 9607 9451 Email: Managing editor: Carolyn Ford. Sub-editor/publications coordinator: Mary Kerley. Journalist: Karin Derkley. Sub-editor/proofreader: Libby Brown. Art director: Katherine Alexander. Editorial & administrative assistant: Sophie Suelzle. Advertising: Lisa Crowle.


Editorial committee

Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.


Editorial policy

All contributions and letters to the editor to be addressed to: Managing editor, Carolyn Ford, Law Institute of Victoria Ltd, GPO Box 263, Melbourne 3001. Tel: (61 3) 9607 9319. Mob: 0406 004 935. Fax: (61 3) 9607 9451. Email: Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the Law Institute of Victoria. No responsibility is accepted by the Institute, the editor or the printers for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

CAB audit logoLIJ (Law Institute Journal) circulation September 2014 12,785 - CAB audited.

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