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LIJ February 2004

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Cover Story

In pursuit of excellence
For more than 150 years, the Supreme Court of Victoria has been the crown jewel of the state's legal system. However, the expanding jurisdictions of other courts and problems caused by under-resourcing have seen the Court's reputation lose a little of its lustre. The Court's first female Chief Justice tells the LIJ her plans to return the Court to its former glory.

By Jason Silverii

Cover Story

Feature Articles

Property settlements

3rd party interventions
The Family Court has jurisdiction to grant a Mareva injunction against both parties to a marriage in favour of the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation as an intervener in property settlement proceedings.

By Evan Evagorou

Consumer protection

Consumers benefit from transparency
Proposed changes to the Fair Trading Act strengthen the position of consumers when it comes to dealing with "unfair" contracts.

By James Catlin

Industrial safety

Criminal manslaughter in the workplace: what options for legislators?
Victoria is one of the Australian states considering legislation which could see employers who implicitly condone or even expect non-compliance with safety standards sentenced to imprisonment.

By Dr Rick Sarre and Jenny Richards


Defeating TFM claims
An apparently promising testator's family maintenance claim will vanish if it turns out that the estate is empty. There have been two High Court cases arising from attempts by a person before death to denude an estate in anticipation of a claim. Many denuding methods have been attempted but few succeed.

By Philip H Barton

Professional conduct

Professional conduct: the new rules
New Professional Conduct and Practice Rules which came into force on 1 December 2003 codify a lot of common law and make only a few changes of real substance. However, it would be a mistake - and a breach of your professional obligations - not to read them.

By Sarah Gaden


Shedding light on the ASIO Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2003
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2003 has significantly increased the powers of ASIO.

By Robert Stary and Peta Murphy


Publications Department

(for LIJ (Law Institute Journal) and LIV Directory and Diary inquiries only) Tel:(61 3) 9607 9319 Fax:(61 3) 9607 9451 Email: Managing editor: Carolyn Ford. Sub-editor/publications coordinator: Mary Kerley. Journalist: Karin Derkley. Sub-editor/proofreader: Libby Brown. Art director: Katherine Alexander. Editorial & administrative assistant: Sophie Suelzle. Advertising: Lisa Crowle.


Editorial committee

Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.


Editorial policy

All contributions and letters to the editor to be addressed to: Managing editor, Carolyn Ford, Law Institute of Victoria Ltd, GPO Box 263, Melbourne 3001. Tel: (61 3) 9607 9319. Mob: 0406 004 935. Fax: (61 3) 9607 9451. Email: Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the Law Institute of Victoria. No responsibility is accepted by the Institute, the editor or the printers for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

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