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Cite as: (2005) 79(11) LIJ, p. 90

LIV Council

Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Section chairs, or their representatives, attended the LIV Council meeting on 15 September. They updated Council on the activities of their Sections.

College of Law Victoria CEO Ian Angus and full-time lecturer Elspeth McNeil spoke about the Victorian Professional Program.

Other items discussed at Council included the LIV Legal Services delegation to China and title insurance.

Section round-up
Geoffrey Bonsall of the Family Law Section said progress had been made in addressing problems with the Family Court with the Section enjoying a good relationship with the Court. He said there was a good seminar series to be held in October. Mr Bonsall ran through some of the changes taking place in family law. He said there was a large number of individuals liaising with outside committees.

Reynah Tang, who represented the Commercial Law Section, said the Section was trying to get young lawyers to be more involved. The Section had been busy with the service trust issue.

The most important issue for the Litigation Section was the retirement of the Taxing Master, Bettina Evert said.

She said the Section would encourage the formation of a Tax Court.

The views of the Criminal Law Section were being sought and respected by a number of stakeholders in legislation change, Robert Melasecca said. However, as a result of the Criminal Law Section had experienced an extremely busy year. Mr Melasecca spoke about the many areas of criminal law being reviewed including the Bail Act, Commonwealth Evidence Act and committals. He said the courts were not coping with the volume of work and there were moves to alternative dispute resolution.

The Administrative Law and Human Rights Section was a diverse group representing various areas of law such as migration, human rights, disability and health law, Mary Edquist said.

She said the group had been very active, especially with the Charter of Rights project and migration issues.

Andrew Hudson of the International Law Committee said the Committee was hoping to become a Section. It had been active in commenting on free trade agreements with the US, China, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, ASEAN and Japan.

Council member Aurora Kostezky reported on the many aspects of legislation the Property Law Section had tackled during the year.

Young Lawyers’ Section president Catherine Dwyer said the Section had been extremely busy during the year and its next important event was the inaugural Negotiation Skills Competition to be held later in September. She invited Council members to attend the final round of the competition.

College of Law Victoria
College of Law Victoria CEO Ian Angus and full-time lecturer Elspeth McNeil gave a short presentation to Council on the Victorian Professional Program (VPP).

They summarised the key features of the VPP and how it works.

Both part-time and full-time online courses are offered. Mr Angus said by far the biggest response had been to the part-time course as it offered great flexibility for the participants.

He said the profile of the College and the VPP was increasing. It had been a tremendously exhilarating first six months, he said.

LIV Legal Services Delegation to China
Following the successful LIV delegation to China earlier this year, the LIV has been invited by the Victorian government through its Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD) to organise and oversee a China Legal Services Delegation to Victoria in the second half of this year. The primary focus of the delegation is to provide an opportunity for Victorian law firms to showcase their talent in the provision of international legal services to Chinese law firms and potential clients through seminars and networking events focused on commercial law and foreign investment issues in Australia and Victoria. The state government has also approved, in principle, a further delegation to China in 2006.

Title insurance
Council discussed the issue of title insurance following an approach by a company with a proposal to endorse its title insurance products. Council resolved not to endorse such products.

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