The Bar and the County Court, working together, have designed a new pilot scheme for pro bono referrals which commenced on 1 October in the County Court’s Commercial and Common Law Divisions.
The protocol provides clear written guidance as to eligibility and the operation of the scheme. Referrals are to occur by Court Order, which will provide clarity as to the scope of requests. The new procedures are aimed at improving the quality of experience for members in providing pro bono legal assistance, in turn improving the outcome for clients and the courts.
A panel of speakers from the County Court and Victorian Bar will discuss the practical operation of the new referral scheme.
Recent changes in the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court include e-filing, new powers for judicial registrars (including in relation to transfers between courts and hearing of stay applications), update to the Supreme Court (Miscellaneous Civil Proceedings) Rules (Chapter II rules).
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.
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.
Kate Eastman S.C. discusses the effects and deliberations surrounding unconscious bias, focusing on lawyers and their interactions with bias in their legal work.
This seminar discusses how Barristers can effectively communicate with Judges. The seminar is presented by Victorian County Court Judge Chettle. Judge Chettle advises advocates from his own experiences, both as a Judge and Barrister, the steps to take to create and maintain a positive relationship with a judge throughout a case.
Presented by consultant Jenny Bailey, this session is for barristers who deal with clients who are upset and emotional. The session will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your practice, and help you improve your relationship with your clients to improve satisfaction – even if they don’t get the result they were after.
This seminar is given by Michael Proud. Mr. Proud is an experienced accredited mediator, who specialises in medical malpractice and personal injury matters. Mr. Proud provides practitioners advice on how to best prepare for mediations and different strategies which can be adopted. Mr. Proud recalls past mediations he has mediated to demonstrate how he would resolve different circumstances.
This seminar discusses a number of the ethical issues that barristers and solicitors commonly encounter. It focuses on junior members of the legal profession and their obligation, both legal and moral, to the community and the Court. The presenters are Justice John Forrest and Associate Justice Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou, both of the Victorian Supreme Court.