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Issue 30: October 2008
In Brief - News and Current Affairs Print E-mail

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Current affairs, news, CPD Seminars, conferences and more ...

Swearing-in Ceremony for His Honour Judge Brendan Butler AM S.C. as Chief Magistrate - 18 September 2008

The swearing-in ceremony to mark the occasion of the appointment of His Honour Judge Brendan Butler AM S.C. as Chief Magistrate for the State of Queensland took place in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 18 September 2008.

Congratulations to Chris McGrath - A Winner in the IUCN International Essay Competition

Chris McGrath of the Queensland Bar was one of the winners of an international essay competition run by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The Alexandre Kiss Award is presented to young professionals in Environmental Law in order to increase their interest in research on environmental law and policy issues. Chris' paper, Will we leave the Great Barrier Reef for our children" was judged one of the five best papers in this international competition.

Website Gives Mentally Ill Better Access to Justice

An interactive website to assist criminal lawyers who are representing the mentally ill or impaired in the criminal justice system will be unveiled at QUT on October 23 2008. Queensland Attorney General Kerry Shine will officially launch the on-line project known as the Queensland Criminal Justice Centre, (QCJC).

QUT PhD researcher Andrew Caple, from the Faculty of Law has been instrumental in the establishment of the website, which will serve as an on-line manual for lawyers to assist people with a mental illness, intellectual disability or acquired brain injury that are facing criminal charges. Mr Caple, who also works as a lawyer at TASC, said the on-line resource aimed to provide relevant information to lawyers, mental health practitioners and the wider community.

The website, which received funding from the Queensland Government, was developed as part of The Advocacy Support Centre (TASC), a non-profit organisation which provides counselling, advocacy and legal support to marginalised Queenslanders. The QCJC emanated from the work of the multi-award winning TASC Disabilty Law Project (DLP), which provides legal support services to disabled defendants in Toowoomba. Mr Caple said while the QCJC will initially focus on people with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities, the project would expand to include other marginalised and vulnerable person's in-line with TASC's commitment to ''Justice for All''.


cpd_logo.gifCPD Seminar 33 - Child Support Proceedings: Practical Hints and Tips - 9 October 2008

Ian Anderson, Senior Lawyer, Australian Government Solicitor is the presenter of CPD Seminar 33, Child Support Proceedings: Practical Hints and Tips, which will take place in the Bar Common Room, Inns of Court on 9 October 2008. Federal Magistrate Keith Slack is the chair. Regional teleconferences are available. For more information, please contact the Bar Association Office on 3238 5109.


cla_conf.jpgCommonwealth Lawyers’ Association 25th Anniversary Conference - Jamaica - 16-19 October 2008

The 25th Anniversary Conference of the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association will take place at Montego Bay, Jamaica from 16 to 19 October 2008. The Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA) is an international organisation which exists to promote and maintain the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth by ensuring that an independent and efficient legal profession, with the highest standards of ethics and integrity, serves the people of the Commonwealth. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Contemporary Issues in ADR Conference - 30 October 2008

The Queensland Law Society Alternative Dispute Resolution Section present a Contemporary Issues in ADR Conference which will take place at Law Society House, Brisbane on 30 October 2008. The Honourable Justice Martin Daubney will deliver the Welcome Address, Directions in ADR - Reflections from the Bench. For more information, CLICK HERE.


abalogo.gifThird ABA Residential Trial Advocacy Course - 19-23 January 2009

Members are advised that registrations have opened for the Third ABA Residential Advocacy Course to be held at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney from 19 to 23 January 2009. Further information can be obtained from Mr Chris D’Aeth on telephone 02 9229 1712 or via email cdaeth@nswbar.asn.au

aba_conf_london.jpgABA Conference, Strasbourg and London - 26 June to 1 July 2009

Expressions of interest are now being taken for the Australian Bar Associations Conference to be held in Strasbourg and London between 26 June and 1 July 2009. The conference will commence in Strasbourg with a full day session in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights and will conclude with a Gala Dinner at Lincoln's Inn, London.The names of those interested will be placed on a Priority List to receive a registration brochure prior to any general mailout. Please send your full contact details to Dan O'Connor by facsimile to (07) 3236 1180 or by email to mail@austbar.asn.au


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