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May LIJ flipbook
May LIJ flipbook

 Law Institute Journal May 2017

Welcome to the May LIJ flipbook. You can turn pages electronically, magnify type and click through to editorial content, LIV goods and services and upcoming events and advertising.

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Regulating lawyers
Regulating lawyers

 Vivien Holmes, Tony Foley, Stephen Tang and Margie Rowe May 2017

Protection of the public from misconduct by lawyers and maintenance of proper standards in the legal profession are the overriding goals of lawyer regulation and enliven the broader...

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A balancing act
A balancing act

 Alysia Blackham and George Williams May 2017

Social media has a role to play in the courts, but it must be used to reinforce, not undermine, judicial independence. Judicial independence is a fundamental feature of the Australian constitutional...

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Help or hindrance?
Help or hindrance?

 Jonathan Kaplan May 2017

In various ways the involvement of lawyers in a mediation has clear benefits, but the mediator, parties and lawyers must be aware of potential limitations...

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Intimate partner homicides
Intimate partner homicides

 Danielle Tyson, Debbie Kirkwood, Mandy McKenzie and Bronwyn Naylor May 2017

Following a lengthy process of consultation into homicide prosecutions by the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) in 2004, a raft of legislative changes were implemented to the...

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It’s appealing
It’s appealing

 Katie Miller and Brittany Myers May 2017

Metricon Homes v Softley & Softley sets out two tests for applications for leave to appeal VCAT decisions to the Supreme Court which have practical implications for practitioners.

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Having their voices heard
Having their voices heard

 Genevieve Nihill May 2017

At the launch of the LIV Capacity Guidelines, VCAT deputy president Genevieve Nihill spoke about the challenge of balancing the need to protect vulnerable people and their right to autonomy...

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Celebrating lawyers
Celebrating lawyers

 Belinda Wilson May 2017

This month it’s time to congratulate your colleagues on their contribution and achievements. With another busy month ahead, it is important to take time to recognise our colleagues for what...

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Fee increase unjustified
Fee increase unjustified

 Nerida Wallace May 2017

Proposed practising fee increases are being prioritised at the LIV. Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) submissions have been lodged and approximately one in 12 practitioners answered the...

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Commonwealth Conference
Commonwealth Conference

 Law Institute Journal May 2017

Hundreds of lawyers from around the world visited Melbourne in March to attend the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference. Opening the conference, Law Council of Australia president Fiona McLeod SC...

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PC fee increase threatens viability
PC fee increase threatens viability

 Law Institute Journal May 2017

“Unprecedented” practising certificate fee increases of more than 50 per cent proposed by the Legal Services Board (LSB) will negatively impact on smaller suburban and regional law practices...

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CLC cuts to hit legal services
CLC cuts to hit legal services

 Law Institute Journal May 2017

Federal funding cuts to community legal centres (CLCs) are threatening severe reductions to services and even the closure of some centres. The federal government is not renewing a four-year...

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Chief Justice Marilyn Warren resigns
Chief Justice Marilyn Warren resigns

 Law Institute Journal May 2017

The LIV has paid tribute to Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren who announced her decision to resign in October. Chief Justice Warren was appointed Chief Justice in September 2003...

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Call for bail support
Call for bail support

 Law Institute Journal May 2017

Victoria’s bail system needs to better balance the rights of alleged offenders with protecting community safety, according to the LIV’s submission to the bail review...

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LIV judicial mentoring is back
LIV judicial mentoring is back

 Law Institute Journal May 2017

The LIV judicial mentoring program is back by popular demand. Judges, magistrates and registrars from the Supreme, County, Family and Magistrates’ Courts have made themselves...

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