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Cite as: September 2015 89 (9) LIJ, p.86

Submissions

To represent the interests of members and the wider community, the LIV actively seeks to influence policy and legislation through lobbying and submissions to government, the courts and other bodies. Community Support Program

The LIV made a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Discussion Paper on the Community Support Program (CSP). The LIV supports the underlying objective of the CSP, which seeks to increase Australia’s capacity to resettle individuals on humanitarian grounds. However, it is important that this does not lead to a privatisation of the humanitarian program. Places provided through the CSP should not be counted within Australia’s overall refugee and humanitarian quota, but should be in addition. The submission makes a number of other recommendations, based on our members’ experiences with the Community Pilot Proposal, to ensure that the CSP prioritises, as much as possible, those applicants with the greatest humanitarian need.

Victorian courts and tribunals sitting hour protocol

The LIV has written to Victorian courts and tribunals encouraging the adoption of a sitting hour protocol that takes into account the family and carer responsibilities of practitioners.

In April this year the Federal Circuit Court of Australia adopted a Sitting Hours Protocol. The protocol asks sitting judges to consider the family or other carer responsibilities of practitioners when considering whether to set extended hours. The protocol recommends that the parties be notified at the earliest possible time of a proposal to commence proceedings outside the 9.30am-4.30pm sitting hours. The protocol provides a mechanism for the Court to balance the efficient conduct of proceedings with the profession’s need for a level of certainty around court sitting hours, which allows legal practitioners to balance their work and carer responsibilities.

Submissions made by the LIV may be viewed at www.liv.asn.au/For-Lawyers/Sections-Groups-Associations/Practice-Sections/Submissions.

Representation

Asian Australian Lawyers Association

LIV CEO Nerida Wallace met with Asian Australian Lawyers Association president Reynah Tang to discuss ways the LIV can support the AALA.

Inauguration of Governor

LIV president Katie Miller and Ms Wallace attended the inauguration of the Hon Linda Dessau, the 29th Governor of Victoria.

Judiciary

Ms Wallace met with Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen. Ms Miller met with Judicial College of Victoria program development adviser Margaret Blackburn to discuss technology and the law.

Law societies

Ms Wallace met with Law Society of South Australia CEO Stephen Hodder. Ms Miller attended a Law Society of Tasmania council meeting, ethics seminar and dinner. She met with law society president Matthew Verney and executive director Luke Rheinberger.

LIV/Victorian Bar breakfast

Ms Miller and Ms Wallace attended the meeting where representatives from the LIV and Victorian Bar discussed contingency fees, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ review of legal aid funding service delivery models, and a proposal for ceremonial sittings to welcome newly appointed magistrates.

Suburban law associations

Ms Miller attended a Western Suburbs Law Association meeting. She also met with Southern Solicitors Group president Celina Roth and secretary Benjamin Zylberszpic to discuss initiatives for suburban solicitors.

Victorian government

Ms Wallace met with Small Business Commissioner Geoff Browne to discuss legal expense insurance. Ms Miller and Ms Wallace met with senior adviser to Attorney-General Martin Pakula, Tully Fletcher. Ms Wallace met with Paul Rekaris, business engagement, strategy and projects, Department of Economic Development, to discuss the government’s industry action plan in professional services.

Victoria Legal Aid

Ms Miller met with Victoria Legal Aid chair Andrew Guy. Ms Wallace attended the Legal Aid Taskforce meeting, where PricewaterhouseCoopers presented findings from their review of Legal Aid Funding Service Delivery Models.

Universities

Ms Miller met with La Trobe Law School head Professor Patrick Keyzer. Ms Miller met with Monash University Faculty of Law dean Professor Bryan Horrigan.

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