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LIV November Board meeting report

LIV November Board meeting report

By LIV Media


The LIV Board met on Thursday 21 November and newly declared Councillors elect were invited to the meeting. Rebecca Alexander and Caitlin Baker attended.

Reports received:
Reports from the President, CEO and GM of Corporate Services were received.
The Board received an update on recent regional visits by the President, President-elect and General Manager Member Services as well as VLSB+C Commissioner Fiona McLeay to meet with local lawyers in Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura and Horsham. Mr Awty and Ms McLeay also attended the Western District Law Association conference in Warrnambool.

Mr Awty also reported on recent successful LIV events, including the LIV Fun Run which attracted over 1000 participants, and the LIV members Christmas Party which was booked out.

Election for 5th executive member: 
Meghan Warren was successful and was elected effective 1 January 2020.

LIV policy and activities:
The Board considered and approved the Whistleblower policy, which will come into effect from 1 January 2020. More detail will be provided on this policy.

Tania Wolff as chair of the Governance Working Group provided an update on the governance review and consultation.

The CEO also reported on consultation for the new National Partnership Agreement on legal assistance which is due to come into effect in June 2020. There are weekly meetings with key stakeholders in the legal assistance sector.

The Board was also informed of the membership of the Small to Medium Practice Advisory Committee, which includes 10 practitioners from across Victoria. The committee provides a forum for consultation on the development of personalised, relevant support, advice, education and services in areas of practice and risk management. This is an aspect of the LIV’s new Professional Standards and Quality Assurance team, created to assist legal practitioners.

Legal Policy:
The Board was advised of recent LIV submissions relating to Legal Assistance Sector Funding Arrangements and the National Partnership Agreement; Inquiry into Homelessness; Judge Alone Trials; Conversion Practices; Workplace Manslaughter Bill; Geriatric Medicine; review of the Open Courts Act; Racial and Religious Tolerance Amendment Bill; Cyber Security 2020; the Sentencing Act; and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013.  

Legal policy stakeholder engagement has included meetings with IBAC, the Department of Justice and Community Safety; Women’s Legal Service; Magistrates Marron and McNamara; Justice Chris Maxwell, President Court of Appeal; DonateLife Victoria; Family Court; Commissioner for Better Regulation and Red Tape; Ben Carroll MP; Chinese Supreme People’s Procuratorate; and Judge Chambers of the Children’s Court.

Legal Policy annual general meetings:
The Board also received the annual reports from sections and committees which will be published progressively at the relevant annual general meetings. Chairs of sections and committees have been invited to present to the Board at the final meeting for the year on 12 December.

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