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Harnessing student power
Harnessing student power

 Brendan Lacota 01 Jun 2016

Community lawyers and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) are constantly stretched to meet expanding demand for services. With increasing budget pressure...

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Arresting youth imprisonment
Arresting youth imprisonment

 Katalin Lello 23 May 2016

There are many legal, policy and social issues surrounding youth imprisonment. A study by the Department of Human Services found that the recidivism rate for young offenders with prior convictions...

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Legal aid, again, but another point to make
Legal aid, again, but another point to make

 Steven Sapountsis 19 May 2016

Last Tuesday morning the legal profession come out in force in support of the call for an increase in legal aid funding by governments...

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Access to justice requires budget dollars
Access to justice requires budget dollars

 Karin Derkley 22 Apr 2016

The LIV welcomes the state government’s commitment to funding initiatives that aim to deal with drug abuse and family violence, as well as its funding of legal assistance to asylum seekers.

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Asylum seeker legal assistance funding is vital to access to justice
Asylum seeker legal assistance funding is vital to access to justice

 Kerry O'Shea 19 Apr 2016

The Law Institute of Victoria welcomes the state government’s initiative to help improve legal assistance for asylum seekers, which will go some...

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The Law Institute of Victoria – What we do
The Law Institute of Victoria – What we do

 Steven Sapountsis 14 Apr 2016

The LIV recently catalogued the work it does advocating for its members, the profession and the public in improving access to justice and promoting the rule of law. The LIV does a wide range of work, and here are just some of our achievements over the last year...

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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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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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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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Unrepresented litigants and additional costs
Unrepresented litigants and additional costs

 Steven Sapountsis 17 Mar 2016

A recently decided case in the Supreme Court of Victoria involving an unrepresented litigant reminded me of the issue of cost transference that a member raised with me last year...

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LIV makes more than 100 recommendations for improved access to justice
LIV makes more than 100 recommendations for improved access to justice

 Kerry O'Shea 02 Mar 2016

The Law Institute of Victoria has made 104 recommendations for improvements in access to justice in its submission to the Department of Justice and...

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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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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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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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The Hong Kong experience and the rule of law
The Hong Kong experience and the rule of law

 Steven Sapountsis 21 Jan 2016

The first few weeks of my term as LIV president has included many meetings, a visit to Geelong and a trip to Hong Kong to attend the ceremonial...

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