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Law Week triumphs despite COVID-19 restrictions
Law Week triumphs despite COVID-19 restrictions

 Karin Derkley 28 May 2020

Two months ago the COVID-19 lockdown put a question mark over whether Law Week would even happen this year. Now, the Victoria Law Foundation is celebrating the wrap-up of a hugely successful week, with hundreds of people attending some sessions despite most of the more than 100 events being held online...

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Lawyers share remote hearing experiences under COVID-19
Lawyers share remote hearing experiences under COVID-19

 Karin Derkley 26 May 2020

Legal practitioners are being asked to share their experience of remote hearings and civil litigation during the COVID-19 pandemic to help researchers understand how remote justice is working...

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Family and Federal Circuit Courts update
Family and Federal Circuit Courts update

 Family Law Section Courts Practice Committee 25 May 2020

The Family Law Section Courts Practice Committee met on 27 April 2020 to discuss the latest updates from the Courts in response to Covid-19...

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LIV card fast-tracks members into courts
LIV card fast-tracks members into courts

 Karin Derkley 20 May 2020

The LIV members card exempting practitioners from court security screenings to meet distancing requirements during COVID-19 has won universal praise by lawyers who hope it's here to stay...

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LIV tells parliament of pandemic’s impact on profession
LIV tells parliament of pandemic’s impact on profession

 Karin Derkley 20 May 2020

The LIV has told a parliamentary committee the legal profession has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, with regional practitioners who were still reeling from January’s bushfires particularly affected...

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$20 million justice infrastructure investment welcomed by LIV
$20 million justice infrastructure investment welcomed by LIV

 LIV Media 20 May 2020

The State Government investment of $20 million in justice infrastructure across Victoria will make our courts safer and more accessible to all users, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

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LIV says legal services must be declared “necessary service” under COVID-19 regime
LIV says legal services must be declared “necessary service” under COVID-19 regime

 Karin Derkley 20 May 2020

The LIV has written to the Victorian Attorney-General asking for it to be made clear that legal services is a ‘necessary service’ under the COVID-19 regime to reduce concerns lawyers and their clients being fined for meeting.

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LIV advocates for profession during pandemic
LIV advocates for profession during pandemic

 Karin Derkley 20 May 2020

The LIV has successfully advocated for a number of measures to assist member firms and practitioners dealing with restrictions during the COVID-19 period.

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Wills and powers of attorney can be signed and witnessed remotely
Wills and powers of attorney can be signed and witnessed remotely

 LIV Special Counsel Ethics Michael Dolan 20 May 2020

New Victorian government COVID-19 emergency regulations for the remote signing and witnessing of several important types of legal documents became law on 12 May 2020 and will overcome many of the problems caused by the current State of Emergency’s Stay at Home Directions.
 

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A Forced Opportunity - COVID-19 and the Future of E-Learning
A Forced Opportunity - COVID-19 and the Future of E-Learning

 Jade Hopper 15 May 2020

Now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all universities across Australia are moving students to e-learning facilities for the foreseeable future.  This change will make many students feel uncomfortable and unsure of how they can learn effectively in an online environment – one without the security and solidarity of fellow students and professors in a typical classroom setting. Understandably, for many students, this unplanned environment may create an apprehensive and distressing learning scenario, leaving them feeling overwhelmed and isolated. 
 

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Law Week for Young Lawyers
Law Week for Young Lawyers

 Victoria Law Foundation 15 May 2020

It is a weird time to be alive. The world feels frozen in time. Law firms are asking staff to buy leave, events are being cancelled and hiring is scarce. If you are a new lawyer, you may be feeling left behind. All those face-to-face seminars, workshops and networking opportunities you’d planned on going to have suddenly disappeared.

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Online legal help leader recognised with award
Online legal help leader recognised with award

 Karin Derkley 13 May 2020

It is perhaps fitting that the COVID-19 restrictions prevented Justice Connect's Kate Fazio from picking up her Telstra Businesswoman's Award for Purpose and Social Enterprise in person...

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Law Institute of Victoria welcomes emergency regulation changes to witnessing legal documents during COVID-19
Law Institute of Victoria welcomes emergency regulation changes to witnessing legal documents during COVID-19

 LIV Media 13 May 2020

New government emergency regulations will overcome many of the problems in signing legal documents, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

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Legal assistance boost during COVID-19 welcomed
Legal assistance boost during COVID-19 welcomed

 LIV Media 11 May 2020

Increased funding to front line legal services by the Victorian and Federal Governments will provide greater support to people with legal problems during the current COVID-19 crisis, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

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LIV calls for reduction in the blood donation deferral period
LIV calls for reduction in the blood donation deferral period

 Health Law Committee 07 May 2020

The LIV has written to the Victorian government requesting its support for a reduction in the current sexual activity deferral period for blood donations from 12 months to three months...

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