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LIJ Jan/Feb 2014

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What shall we do with the drunken sailor?

Major changes to the Marine (Drug, Alcohol and Pollution Control) Act 1988 (Vic) mean that alcohol and drug limits for operators of sea vessels are now in line with those for drivers on Victorian roads.

By Peter Parsons, Ian Shepherd and Matt d'Abbs


Feature Articles

A promise is a promise: A lawyer's word is his bond


A promise is a promise: A lawyer's word is his bond

When lawyers fail to live up to promises given, the reputation of the legal profession is tarnished. In 2013 VCAT heard misconduct charges against several solicitors who failed to deliver on undertakings.

By Michael McGarvie

Striking the balance: Victoria's Open Courts Act 2013


Striking the balance: Victoria's Open Courts Act 2013

The Open Courts Act 2013 (Vic), which came into effect on 1 December 2013, contains new rules governing suppression orders and closed court orders. This article canvasses the history of the Act and the changes it makes to Victoria’s suppression and closed court orders regime, and raises some considerations for evaluating its merits.

By Cameron Charnley

Dealing with barristers: A symbiotic relationship


Dealing with barristers: A symbiotic relationship

For many solicitors, dealing with barristers must be frustrating. You spend time preparing a case, which is taken from you, and possibly run in ways you had not imagined. Why would you do this to yourself?

By Colin Golvan

Decree of nullity of marriage: A remedy for the hopeful


Decree of nullity of marriage: A remedy for the hopeful

Today’s environment has removed the social stigma associated with divorce for most people, but there are still clients who want to obtain a decree of nullity of marriage as an alternative.

By Stephen Winspear and Brendan Herbert

The  compendious injury


The compendious injury

The Court of Appeal has provided guidance on the meaning of ‘injury’ as it applies to the WorkCover and Transport Accident serious injury processes.

By Michael Lombard and Tania Marcello

Copyright  works of employees


Copyright works of employees

Employers would generally consider that they own all copyright works that their employees create when at work. However, this is not necessarily the case.

By Margaret Ryan


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.

CAB audit logoLIJ (Law Institute Journal) circulation September 2014 12,785 - CAB audited.

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