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LIV Advocacy

Every Issue

Cite as: (2007) 81(6) LIJ, p. 14


To represent the interests of members and the wider community, the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) actively seeks to influence policy and legislation through lobbying and submissions to government, the courts and other bodies.

Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Former LIV Councillor Andrew Hudson represented the LIV at a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade roundtable discussion on the Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement, on which the LIV had previously made submissions.

Carbon emissions trading

LIV president Geoff Provis, vice-president Tony Burke and CEO Mike Brett Young met with federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock to discuss carbon emissions trading, the relationships register, industrial relations and a national children’s commissioner.

Client legal privilege

The LIV is assisting the Law Council of Australia (LCA) with drafting a submission on client legal privilege. Mr Brett Young and Advocacy and Practice solicitor Elissa Campbell took part in a teleconference to discuss the issue.

Courts

County Court Chief Judge Michael Rozenes and Mr Brett Young met to discuss court resourcing and Budget outcomes.

Depression in the profession

Mr Brett Young, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett and West Australian premier Geoff Gallop were joint speakers at the launch of a beyondblue report about depression in the professions. The report found that lawyers in particular suffered from depression.

Delays in police proceedings

Mr Provis and Mr Brett Young met with Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services Bob Cameron to discuss the issue of delays in police proceedings against solicitors and the consequent effect on cases.

Resourcing

Mr Provis and Mr Brett Young attended LCA and Queensland Law Society Council meetings to discuss future resourcing and the marketing relationship between state law bodies and the LIV.

Review of government lawyers

LIV CEO Michael Brett Young, LIV Government Lawyers’ Committee representative Vanessa Twigg and LIV Advocacy and Practice solicitor Helen Blaskett met with Crown Counsel Dr John Lynch and Professor Susan Campbell about the Victorian Attorney-General’s review of government lawyers.

Shadow federal Attorney-General

Mr Provis and Mr Brett Young met with shadow federal Attorney-General Joe Ludwig to discuss the opposition’s position on climate change as well as the relationships register, tort law and a unified national profession.

Victorian National Party leader

Climate change, the relationships register and tort law reform in the state were on the agenda when Victorian National Party leader Peter Ryan met with Mr Provis and Mr Burke.

Submissions

Submissions made by the LIV may be viewed at http://www.liv.asn.au/members/sections/submissions

Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters 1965

The LIV has made a submission to the Department of Justice (DoJ) in relation to a discussion paper on the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters 1965. The LIV supports streamlining and improving the efficiency of procedures for the effective service of foreign court documents, particularly as the current state and territory provisions are not consistent on this issue.

Infringement Offences consultation paper

The LIV wrote to the DoJ about its proposal to expand the infringement system, indicating support for the inclusion of some more minor summary offences that would reduce the number of low-level offences being tried in the criminal justice system. The LIV recommends, however, more stringent guidelines for issuing officers on when to issue an infringement notice as opposed to arrest or caution, more effective internal review processes and increased safeguards for those accused of “shoptheft”.

Integrated Courts Management System

The LIV has supported the DoJ’s Integrated Courts Management System project to introduce a single electronic registry across all Victorian courts and tribunals, which will be accessible by the public and profession.

Proposed amendments to Magistrates’ Court (Committals) Rules 1999

The LIV wrote to the DOJ in relation to proposed changes to the Magistrates’ Court (Committals) Rules 1999 and the Magistrates’ Court General Regulations 2000. Based on the practical experience of Criminal Law Section members, the LIV recommended placing a timeframe on the DPP for responding to Form 2A, having input into the dates of committal mentions, and clarifying the timeframe for an informant filing a charge. l

LIV in the media

ABC Statewide weekly segment with the LIV

Legal talkback

4 April Man deliberately spreading HIV, Hicks media ban, access to easement on land, property of deceased persons
11 April Speeding fines and overhead mileage detectors, red light cameras, Magistrates’ Courts, Tony Mokbel, divorce property settlement, water meters
18 April Rights of residents in retirement units not to be moved, class action by shareholders against AWB, council laws on dog ownership

Appeal costs

CEO believes access to justice would be diminished by Attorney-General Hulls’ proposal to bring Victoria into line with other states to cap costs in Appeal Costs Scheme.
20 April Australian Financial Review

AustLII

LIV is dubious about AustLII proposal to be resourced through a $20 levy imposed on all solicitors and barristers.
4 May Australian Financial Review

Collaborative law

In a feature about a softer approach to dealing with divorce, LIV’s promotion of collaborative law practice is mentioned.
26 April The Age

Costs Court

Proposal to overhaul the state's legal system and LIV Costs Court idea
13 April Australian Financial Review

Graffiti

LIV comments on the draconian punishments and extra search powers needing to be granted to police if the proposed Graffiti Bill is accepted.
24 April Channel 31

Lawyers and depression

LIV discusses the high incidence of depression in the legal profession compared with other professions
23 April ABC World Today, ABC Online
24 April Border Mail, The Age
27 April Australian Financial Review, Geelong Advertiser
1 May Radio National

Real estate advice

LIV advises on legal aspects of Strata Titles, Conveyancing and Defaulting on Sale of Land Act
19 April Cobram Courier
20 April Shepparton News
27 April Shepparton News

Sledging

LIV explains the legality of AFL Tribunal decision re sledging of players and reactive violence on the field
19 April Sen FM 1116FM

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