Confidentiality in mediation and the extent to which what is said or done can be used outside the mediation, is an area which continues to raise questions. The seminar will bring practitioners up to date with various aspects of confidentiality in mediations.
Paul Hayes and Elizabeth Bennett shed light on the important Harman obligation and counsel’s duty to the Court. Paul Hayes presents a paper on the consequences of not abiding by the obligation and implicit risks. Elizabeth Bennett speaks on the ways in which the obligation can operate, and its intersection with other guiding principles.
Professor Olaf Drummer is Deputy Director (Academic Programs) at Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Professor and Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University.
Courts routinely accepted Motherisk’s hair drug test results without challenge as evidence of parental substance abuse until a retired Judge’s independent review exposed mistakes in testing procedures, as the result of a successful appeal against conviction in the Canadian Bloomfield case.
In a number of recent decisions courts have made adverse comments about the behaviour of government litigants. Parliament is also considering legislation designed to make the model litigant rules legally enforceable.
In this seminar the speakers review the model litigant guidelines and the recent decisions in FCT v Donoghue  FCAFC 183; (2015) 237 FCR 316; Gould v DCT  FCAFC 1, North West Melbourne Recycling Pty Ltd v Commr of SR (Vic) (No 2)  VSC 726, Shord v FCT  FCAFC 167, and Shord v FCT (No 2)  FCAFC 27.
What does it mean to be a ‘fit and proper person’ in the context of your practice at the Bar? What are the origins of this requirement and how did it come to be embedded in the legal framework that regulates us? Why does this test exist?
In the first of a two-part CPD, presented by the Bar’s Honorary Secretaries, who explore these questions as well as highlight the continued disclosure obligations imposed upon barristers and how to fulfil these obligations and satisfy the ‘fit and proper person’ test.