Awards Terms & Conditions

These are the terms and conditions that apply to the 14th Victorian Legal Awards:

  • Nominations can be received from individuals in the broader community, LIV members or firm/organisation members.
  • Multiple nominations may be made by an individual or firm/organisation; however, separate entries must be submitted for each nomination.
  • Nominations may be made for the same person in multiple categories; however, separate entries must be submitted for each nomination.
  • Members of the Awards Committee reserve the right to submit nominations for any category, depending on the number and quality of entries received.
  • LIV membership will be taken into account when judging nominations. Once the nomination period has closed, the LIV will provide judging panels with a scale on the general selection criteria including membership details to assist their decision making capacity.
  • Judging panels are to assess each award submission in accordance with the eligibility criteria for each award and using a rating scale which reflects how well the nominee addresses the specific criteria.
  • In the event of any pending investigations, or any previous findings of misconduct or unsatisfactory conduct against the nominee, the judging panels, Awards Committee and LIV Council may take these matters into account in deciding whether to shortlist or confer an award on the nominee.
  • In the event that a nominee refuses to provide consent to inquiries being made, the judging panels, Awards Committee and LIV Council may take this refusal into account in deciding whether to shortlist or confer an award on the nominee.
  • Anyone who has nominated a person in any category is deemed to be ineligible to sit on the judging panel for that category.
  • The judging panel for each award category consists of a previous Law Institute of Victoria Award recipient, and at least two other leading lawyers selected by the Awards Committee.
  • The judging panel may seek guidance from the Awards Committee and/or the LIV Council on any issues arising throughout their deliberations, including, but not limited to, suitability or quality of award nominees and/or conferring an award where there is only one nominee.
  • The recommendation of each judging panel is referred to the Awards Committee and to the LIV Council for final approval.
  • The decision of the LIV president will be final and no discussion will be entered into.
  • The LIV will not provide feedback to nominators or nominees regarding their submissions.
  • All nominators will be informed in writing about the outcome of their nomination in April 2018.

Rules for the Paul Baker Award:

  • A candidate does not have to be a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.
  • In order to be eligible, a candidate must not be a serving member of the LIV Council or Executive Committee of the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section.
  • All nominations and recommendations must be submitted online via the LIV Awards platform and received by COB 11 December 2017.
  • The LIV Council, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section, will approve the award.
  • The successful candidate will be notified prior to a public announcement by the LIV.
  • One award will be awarded each year, unless no candidate of sufficient merit is found, in which case no award will be made.

By submitting a nomination, you agree to the above Terms & Conditions.