Law Council: Age of Criminal Responsibility

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From the Law Council of Australia: https://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/media/media-releases/children-deserve-care-not-the-criminal-justice-system

Mentoring and Blackburn Lecture

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26 July 2019 What can you do for your Law Society? Recently the very active and capable Young Lawyers Committee held their bi-annual mentoring event at which Peter Garrisson SC the ACT Solicitor-General spoke in rousing and interesting terms about the importance of having mentoring in early years, and his own early years as an […]

Voice to Parliament

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12 July 2019 It’s good to hear, in this NAIDOC week, that the Federal Government has finally decided to take seriously the wishes and aspirations of 250 Australian indigenous delegates who gathered at Uluru in May 2017 and made their “Statement from the Heart” — a plea to be recognised and heard. Their plea was […]

Law Council in Darwin – minimum age of criminal responsibility, and presentations by Olga Havnen, CEO Danila Dilba Health Service, and by Chief Justice of the NT Supreme Court, the Hon Michael Grant CJ – both focussing on children in detention

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28 June 2019 This quarter the Law Council of Australia (LCA) meetings were hosted by the Northern Territory Law Society in Darwin. At one of these meetings, a significant policy position was reached — that the minimum age for criminal responsibility should be 14 years, and the LCA would like that policy adopted by all […]

Harassment in the work place, and retirement of magistrate Karen Fryar AM

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8 March 2019 At last month’s Intensive CPD, among many very worthwhile seminars, was “Working with Monsters”. Dr Rebecca Michalak very capably illustrated the “dark side of the law industry”, where employees of legal firms have had to work under the shadow of bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment, and similar behaviour. Overall, Dr Michalak’s research (“Causes […]

Law Council meetings

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14 December 2018 The Law Council of Australia represents the Australian legal profession on national issues through the various law societies and bar associations. On 1 December the LCA held its AGM in Canberra. Arthur Moses SC was elected as President, with the executive now to comprise Arthur Moses SC, and members Konrad de Kerloy, […]

Coat of arms absence in new Supreme Courts

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30 November 201 Recently there has been some disquiet expressed to me about the absence of a coat of arms on the wall in our new Supreme Court rooms. One view is that the coat of arms is a sign of the judicial authority of the Court, and that we bow at the commencement and […]