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Welcome: Magistrates Megan Aumair and Tim Gattuso
Welcome: Magistrates Megan Aumair and Tim Gattuso

 Law Institute Journal 01 Apr 2016

Magistrates Megan Aumair and Tim Gattuso were welcomed to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria on 8 February 2016. Among the speakers was LIV president Steven Sapountsis. These are edited versions of his speeches...

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Opinion: Better outcomes for children
Opinion: Better outcomes for children

 Kylie Beckhouse 01 Apr 2016

Independent Children's Lawyers are getting more resources to help those at the centre of family law disputes - the children. In 2014-15, Independent Children’s Lawyers (ICLs) represented children in family courts in about 4800 cases...

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CEO Round up: Where the states stand
CEO Round up: Where the states stand

 Compiled by Karin Derkley 01 Apr 2016

What do law societies around the country say about some of the most important issues facing the legal profession today? We asked the CEOs in the first of a two-part series...

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Detention: Letter to PM
Detention: Letter to PM

 Carolyn Ford 01 Apr 2016

Lawyers have accused the government of warehousing asylum seekers and obstructing justice. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been sent an open letter from the Victorian legal profession with a clear message – end offshore... 

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PC Renewals: Time to renew your PC
PC Renewals: Time to renew your PC

 Law Institute Journal 01 Apr 2016

Renewing your practising certificate for 2016-17 is easy to do online. The Legal Services Board has now opened the 2016-17 practising certificate renewal cycle. All current certificates will expire on 30 June 2016... 

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Contingency fees: Call for ban to be lifted
Contingency fees: Call for ban to be lifted

 Karin Derkley 01 Apr 2016

The LIV argues allowing lawyers to enter into contingency fee arrangements with their clients would help address access to justice. The LIV is calling for the ban on contingency fees to be lifted... 

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Supreme court: First among lawyers
Supreme court: First among lawyers

 Carolyn Ford 01 Apr 2016

As part of the Supreme Court's 175th anniversary celebrations this month, Victoria's first solicitor will be honoured. Mystery surrounds the 1837 arrival of Victoria’s first solicitor William Meek... 

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YLJ now online
YLJ now online

 Law Institute Victoria 01 Apr 2016

The Young Lawyers Journal (YLJ) is going digital – and quarterly. Starting this month, the YLJ will be emailed to YL members as an interactive flipbook four times a year...

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New children's commissioner
New children's commissioner

 Law Institute Victoria 01 Apr 2016

Victoria’s new Commissioner for Children and Young People Liana Buchanan will have responsibility for a new reportable conduct scheme in Victoria to improve child safety...

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Blue sky opportunity
Blue sky opportunity

 Law Institute Journal 01 Apr 2016

Chief Justice Marilyn Warren forecasts more class actions, expansion of ADR and tribunal jurisdictions, greater judicial control and transformation of the courts by technology in the future...

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100-plus ways to improve A2J
100-plus ways to improve A2J

 Law Institute Journal 01 Apr 2016

The LIV has identified 104 ways to help deliver access to justice for Victorians including online dispute resolution, contingency fees, legal expense insurance and fixed prices...

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Commonwealth Law Conference
Commonwealth Law Conference

 Law Institute Journal 01 Apr 2016

The 20th Commonwealth Law Conference is to be held 19-23 March 2017 and will be hosted by the LIV. About 1000 legal professionals are expected to attend the event at the Melbourne Convention Centre and there will be...

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Chief Crown Prosecutor on CCOs
Chief Crown Prosecutor on CCOs

 Law Institute Journal 01 Apr 2016

Chief Crown Prosecutor Gavin Silbert QC has been reported saying community corrections orders (CCOs), introduced by the previous state government to replace suspended sentences, don’t work and immediate law reform...

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Unlocking thinking on prisons
Unlocking thinking on prisons

 Law Institute Journal 01 Apr 2016

With each prisoner costing $100,000 a year to incarcerate, and 99 per cent of prisoners eventually being released from prison, many to reoffend, new thinking is needed about how to deal with offenders, a forum held by the Centre...

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Getting to yes sooner
Getting to yes sooner

 Steve White 01 Apr 2016

A preliminary phone conference between the mediator and the parties is just one way of reaching a resolution sooner. In 1991, as part of a “how to sell course” I undertook while working for IBM, I was given a copy of Fisher and Ury’s...

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