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Judicial College of Victoria – Family Violence and PSIO

The Judicial College of Victoria has updated its Family Violence and Personal Safety Intervention Orders resources to reflect further amendments from the Justice Legislation Amendment (Family Violence Protection and Other Matters) Act 2018 (Vic). This includes clarifying the court’s power to make interim orders and introducing the “Declaration of Truth” among other changes. The appropriate sections in the Family Violence Bench Book and the Personal Safety Intervention Order Bench Book have also been updated. 



ACCC – Digital platforms inquiry – final report

On 4 December 2017, then Treasurer Scott Morrison requested the ACCC conduct an inquiry into digital platforms. The preliminary report was released in December 2018 and the final report was published on 26 July 2019. The report contains 23 recommendations and identifies key issues that have resulted from the dominance of giants such as Google and Facebook. The recommendations look at competition, consumer privacy and media issues.


The Library of Congress – Comprehensive Index of Legal Reports

The reviewer was looking for the report “Regulation of Artificial Intelligence in selected Jurisdictions, January 2019” and found it among many other legal reports on this Law Library of Congress page. The Comprehensive Index of Legal Reports lists the reports by topic and provides commentary as well as resources on current issues and events. The most recent reports are listed under current legal topic. The artificial intelligence report, incidentally, discussed the Australian jurisdiction.


Public Record Office Victoria – Wills and probates section

This section of the Public Records Office Victoria provides the user with all the information required to search for a will or probate record, and also provides a short video tutorial. You can search by partial or full name, but for more common names, a year of death is helpful. Records between 1841 and 1925 can be viewed online while those from 1926-2016 can be ordered. Any records not online can be photographed free of charge in the Reading Room.


Judicial College of Victoria – How to Conduct a Ground Rules Hearing video

Ground rules hearings were introduced in 2018 to protect vulnerable witnesses, such as children and those with impairment, and assist them to give evidence. Introduced by County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd, the Judicial College of Victoria has released a 30-minute best practice video to assist practitioners needing to conduct a ground rules hearing, either with or without an intermediary.



Law Council of Australia – News

The Law Council of Australia (LCA) is the peak national representative body of the legal profession. The news page on its website provides the latest information from the LCA on events, advocacy and policy. Recent posts include an opinion piece by LCA president Arthur Moses SC on citizens suspected of terrorist activities and a report on Australia’s ethics framework for artificial intelligence.

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