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Update from LIV CEO on COVID-19

Update from LIV CEO on COVID-19

By Adam Awty Chief Executive Officer Law Institute of Victoria

COVID-19 

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Update from LIV CEO on COVID-19 – LIV actions

Dear Member,

The LIV is closely following the rapidly escalating COVID-19 pandemic and State of Emergency declared by the Victorian government, along with advice from the federal government and health authorities.
 
Our priority is to focus on the health and wellbeing of our staff and members, and we are working hard to reduce the potential risk and spread of the virus, while ensuring continuity of service to you during this time.
 
Effective from Tuesday 17 March, we are limiting external visitors to levels 12 and 13, 140 William Street until further notice. We are now also offering all our CPD activities via Webinars and online videos and we are still taking bookings.

So, as the spread of the COVID-19 widens, we ask that you please do not attend our office at 140 William Street unless for a pre-arranged purpose.
 
We will be looking to have as many of our people working remotely from the end of the week until further notice unless working in the office is absolutely essential for the continuity of member services and where a physical presence is required and there are no appropriate alternative arrangements.

What does this mean for services to members?

In agreement with the Council we have instituted the following measures effective from 2 pm today, Tuesday, 17 March.

CPD, conferences and practice management course sessions

Face to face CPD sessions, including the practice management course, will cease until further notice. We are offering our CPD activities remotely (via Webinars and Online Videos) working with our presenters to minimise the impact on your learning. If you have already booked to attend a CPD session or conference, we will automatically transfer your booking to webinar attendance. Should you not receive a specific email about your registration, please contact register@liv.asn.au or 9607-9311.

Committee meetings

No committee or section meetings will be held face-to-face until further notice. Our Legal Policy and Young Lawyers sections are in contact with committee chairs that have meetings scheduled within the next month to ask whether meetings can be postponed, cancelled or held via email or teleconference.

Member social events

All social events are cancelled or postponed. Registrants for the events will be contacted by email.

External room hire

We will not be taking any external room hire bookings until further notice. If you currently have a room booked we will be in contact with you to agree an appropriate action.

Ethics advice line and practice management support

We will continue to offer these services. For ethics support call 03 9607 9336 and for practice support call 03 9607 9378 or you can email the team on practicesupport@liv.asn.au. No external face-to-face visits will be undertaken until further notice.

Practice support

We are regularly releasing updated information for members on practice support and contingency. Please check our website or daily LawNews for the latest information.

Legal Referral Service

The LIV’s Find Your Lawyer Referral Service will continue to operate via phone on (03) 9607 9567 and referrals@liv.asn.au.

LIV Library and Bookshop

The LIV Library and Bookshop will be closed for external visitors from today until further notice. During this period, all LIV Library services and support will continue to be offered as per normal, with Library staff available on (03) 9607 9360 or library@liv.asn.au. The LIV Bookshop will also remain open to phone and online orders, with Bookshop staff available on 03 9607 9348 or bookshop@liv.asn.au. Purchases can be made online at www.liv.asn.au/LawBooks.

Communication with our members

It is our intention to continue with our daily LawNews services and members are encouraged to check this, and our social media channels and www.liv.asn.au, for the latest information. We continue to liaise with key stakeholders in the justice sector and will provide members with advice as we are alerted to key changes.

Federal Government advice:

The Australian Government is continually updating its COVID-19 advice, information and resources. We advise Members to check for current information, including at:

Advice from the Courts:

  • Supreme Court:

https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/news/coronavirus-information
https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/news/new-jury-trials-suspended-from-monday-16-march
https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/news/admission-ceremonies-suspended

  • County Court:

https://www.countycourt.vic.gov.au/news-and-media/news-listing/2020-03-02-coronavirus-update
https://www.countycourt.vic.gov.au/news-and-media/news-listing/2020-03-14-new-jury-trials-suspended-monday-16-march

  • Magistrates’ Court:

https://www.mcv.vic.gov.au/news-and-resources/news/coronavirus-information

  • Federal Court of Australia:

Federal Court's response to the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Family Court of Australia:

Urgent new arrangements for the listing of matters in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Covid-19)

Media Release - Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia prioritise urgent and critical cases as impact of COVID-19 escalates

  • Federal Circuit Court of Australia:

Urgent new arrangements for the listing of matters in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Covid-19)

Media Release - Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia prioritise urgent and critical cases as impact of COVID-19 escalates

  • VCAT:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Victorian DHHS - About Coronavirus

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Transmission reduction measures

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-measures

Statement on schools

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Chief Health Officer, (Brett Sutton), top tips - video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6kyXtChVJ0&feature=youtu.be

Fair Work Australia

https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/website-news/coronavirus-and-australian-workplace-laws
 
I understand that this is an anxious time as the level of uncertainty grows. I encourage you to continue to be kind to yourselves and your colleagues and we look to calmly ensure continuity of services to members with as little disruption as possible, and remember this time poses a level of uncertainty for all.
 
I will continue to keep you updated as things evolve and government advice is updated.


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