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LIV Council update

Every Issue

Cite as: July 2015 89 (7) LIJ, p.90

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

The 22 May meeting was held in Warrnambool. Councillors met with 19 members of the Western District Law Association and heard about the activities of the association and challenges facing practitioners in the region.

Council heard that the Western District Law Association is heavily invested in delivering social networking opportunities and CPD for practitioners in the region and has planned a races day (November) and an annual CPD day (October) and Young Lawyers events.

In other developments reported to Council:

Western District courthouses

The Western District Law Association brought issues regarding the infrastructure and investment in facilities for the Colac, Portland and Hamilton courthouses as well as the Colac police station to the attention of Council.

Victorian Legal Admissions Board

LIV Councillor Caroline Counsel has been appointed the LIV representative on the yet to be established Victorian Legal Admissions Board which replaces the Council of Legal Education (COLE). Founded in 1903, COLE, chaired by Chief Justice Marilyn Warren, had its last meeting on 18 May.

Ms Counsel was on the COLE committee and the Board of Examiners. Both boards were abolished on implementation of the Legal Profession Uniform Law on 1 July.

LCA Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy

Directors resolved to adopt the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA) Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy.

LCA NARS Diversity and Equality Charter

Directors resolved to adopt the Diversity and Equality Charter prepared by the LCA as a result of a May workshop on the National Attrition and Re-engagement study (NARS). The LIV is working on strategies to address attrition of practitioners in the 30-45 year age bracket and in particular promoting flexible workplace practices as an alternative to leaving the law.

LIV application to appear as amicus curiae in the matters of Harrison v R and Rigogiannis v R

Council ratified the LIV Criminal Law Section’s application for the LIV to become involved as amicus curiae on 17 June 2015 in the matters of Harrison v R and Rigogiannis v R before the Court of Appeal as contradictor to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ submissions on the issue of current sentencing practice for the offence of Negligently Causing Serious Injury. It noted that the LIV will take a leadership role in the development of a submission/policy on practical sentencing guidelines for driving offences that cause serious injury.

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