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Open letter from members of the legal profession on offshore detention
Open letter from members of the legal profession on offshore detention

 Josephine Polak 24 Feb 2016

This joint letter, representative bodies, legal associations and jurists, calls for the 267 asylum seekers at the centre of the recent unsuccessful...

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Open letter to Prime Minister to end offshore detention
Open letter to Prime Minister to end offshore detention

 Kerry O'Shea 23 Feb 2016

The Law Institute of Victoria will host a launch of a letter from members calling on the government to end offshore processing...

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Contingency fees position paper released
Contingency fees position paper released

 Andrew Tabone 17 Feb 2016

Law practices in Victoria are currently prohibited from charging contingency fees (also known as damages - based billing) in relation to matters involving disputes or litigation.

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LIV calls for introduction of contingency fees to increase access to justice
LIV calls for introduction of contingency fees to increase access to justice

 Kerry O'Shea 17 Feb 2016

Contingency fee arrangements should be allowed to increase access to justice by people who do not qualify for legal aid and cannot afford to pay legal fees...

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LIV comments regarding surrogacy inquiry
LIV comments regarding surrogacy inquiry

 Sarah Bright 12 Feb 2016

Surrogacy is not a new concept. ‘Traditional surrogacy’, involving the egg of a surrogate mother and the sperm of the Commissioning (intended) father has been around for centuries.

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Stronger IBAC legislation welcomed by LIV
Stronger IBAC legislation welcomed by LIV

 Kerry O'Shea 10 Feb 2016

The Law Institute of Victoria welcomes the Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (A Stronger System) Bill 2015. The amendments included in the Bill will strengthen the Independent Broad-based...

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Sentencing guidance reference
Sentencing guidance reference

 Gemma Hazmi 09 Feb 2016

Advising the Sentencing Advisory Council on the most effective legislative mechanism to provide sentencing guidance to the courts in a way that promotes consistency and confidence in the criminal justice system.

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Baseline sentencing legislation should be repealed
Baseline sentencing legislation should be repealed

 Steven Sapountsis 09 Feb 2016

Victoria’s baseline sentencing legislation should be repealed and any moves towards mandatory sentencing rejected, according to the Law Institute...

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LIV calls on the federal government to let them stay
LIV calls on the federal government to let them stay

 Kerry O'Shea 05 Feb 2016

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) calls on the Federal Government to abide by its international obligations not to remove asylum seekers affected by a High...

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Funeral and burial instructions
Funeral and burial instructions

 Michelle Whyte 04 Feb 2016

The LIV has been actively involved in policy and law reform in elder and succession law. Members of the Elder and Succession law committees have...

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Legal aid eligibility changes improve access to justice
Legal aid eligibility changes improve access to justice

 Kerry O'Shea 03 Feb 2016

The LIV welcomes Victoria Legal Aid's efforts to improve the delivery of effective legal services by extending the reach of the means test.

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