From the President
I would like to introduce this issue by expressing my gratitude to the judiciary for their enthusiastic support of Hearsay. This edition’s “10 minutes with…” features an interesting and candid interview with Justice David Boddice who was gracious with his time and his experiences. I am also thankful to Chief Justice Bowskill and Justice Bond for authorising re-prints of their informative papers on adult sentencing and on causation in this issue. I also encourage you to read the transcript of the swearing-in of Justice Crowley, the first Indigenous judge of any Supreme Court in Australia.
This issue’s Regional Bar section focuses on the Bar in Townsville and provides an insight into the vibrant practice in that bustling regional area.
The headline article “Cybersecurity and the Bar” is a timely reminder of barristers’ responsibility to protect client confidentiality. The legal industry has become a common target for cyberattacks and ransomware, and the Bar is no exception. You should review your chambers’s IT systems at the earliest opportunity; taking reasonable preventative steps now will be easier and cheaper than the consequences of falling victim to an attack.
Finally, I should like to remind members of the Association’s Bar Care program and its offerings, including the opportunity for three annual confidential consultations with a psychologist. In our demanding profession, it is important to prioritise our mental health over other competing interests, so that we perform our duties to the court and clients in the best possible manner. If you are experiencing any kind of distress or discomfort, large or small, these services are here to support you.
I am pleased to recommend Issue 89 to all members.