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Italian abduction case demonstrates need for legal advice

12 Oct 2012

We have all been exposed to media reports and public opinion about the recent Italian ‘abduction case’. Comments, plastered all over social media sites, range from “How could the law allow these children to be removed from their mother?” to “The mother should have made an application in Italy, she never had a chance here”.

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How can we divert youth away from crime?

11 Oct 2012

A criminal record can have an enormously negative impact on a person’s future.
 
Aside from the stigmatising effect of a criminal conviction itself, it can adversely affect
future employment prospects, the opportunity to hold public office, undertake jury duty, even travel overseas.

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Trying times for law practices - 3 ways you can adapt & grow

04 Oct 2012

The pressure on legal spend means that we need to be more responsive to our clients' needs and work more efficiently. Like it or not, the traditional law practice is dying, and we all need to do our best to adapt and continue to grow our practices.
 

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Changes to VLA guidelines - access to justice denied

27 Sep 2012

As of Monday, justice will became a lot less accessible to thousands of Victorians.

From 1 October 2012, most people who need legal assistance in traffic matters will not receive it.

Unless a person has a pre-diagnosed disability or psychiatric condition and that person is facing a term of imprisonment, they will either be left on their own or given limited access to a duty lawyer on the morning of their hearing.

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Call for Reform on Handling Church Abuse

21 Sep 2012

The LIV has called for several reforms to the way religious organisations, the criminal justice system and civil law deal with victims of physical and sexual abuse of children by personnel in religious organisations. In our submission to the current Parliament of Victoria inquiry, we have recommended that an independent statutory authority be established to provide external review of the responses by religious organisations to these issues.

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How law students can improve their CV - the 4 step guide

14 Sep 2012

“Improving your CV” is no easy task. If you seek guidance and you are overwhelmed by experts clambering over themselves to part with advice We will distil that advice and make it simple - a four step plan.
 

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Conveyancers sale of business restriction removed

13 Sep 2012

Legal practitioners should note that the Victorian government has removed existing restrictions on conveyancers undertaking some legal work in relation to sales of business. The amendments to the Conveyancers Act 2006 came into effect on 1 July 2012. The LIV has been opposed to the changes for some time. We did make submissions to government over the last few years – but the legislative changes came without warning.

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The future for committal hearings

07 Sep 2012

The LIV has produced a pro-active submission which supports retaining committal hearings and recommends options for reform of the committal process.

There have been rumours circulating for some time that the Attorney General Robert Clark was considering changes, and these were confirmed by Mr Clark in the Sunday Age.

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Aim for the moon: Dispelling the myths about suburban & regional lawyers

06 Sep 2012

The recent death of Neil Armstrong has reminded people of what humankind can achieve by aiming high but too often we are limited by our own perceptions and by the views of those around us. This is reflected in the attitude of many towards regional and suburban lawyers.

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5 key skills every young lawyer needs

30 Aug 2012

When you’re just starting your career in law, it can be challenging to stay on top of everything. There seems to be an endless list of new skills and information that you need to learn. This information is all about getting back to basics – what are the essential skills that every young lawyer should have?

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It's a RAP for reconciliation

30 Aug 2012

The LIV’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will be launched next week (Tuesday 4 September). The RAP sets out tangible steps the legal profession can take towards achieving the goals of:-

  • increased representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our profession,
  • improving access to justice for Indigenous people; and
  • increasing awareness of Indigenous culture and perspectives among lawyers.

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Failing to protect refugees in our region

23 Aug 2012

The “Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers Report” confirms that 90% of people travelling to Australia by boat seeking asylum are found to be legitimate refugees, once they are actually assessed.

The political hysteria about “boat people” misses that fact.

These are desperate people seeking to flee persecution.

Australia is, quite rightly, a signatory to the International Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

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Time for laws to catch up with sexting

16 Aug 2012

The law has a tendency to lag behind technological advances made in this brave new digital world. Smart phones, mobile phones and tablets are ubiquitous amongst Australians, with research indicating that 37% of Australians own and use a smart phone.  The law is yet to catch up with the recent phenomenon of “sexting” and until it does, young offenders are enduring drastic consequences under child pornography laws.

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Overseas experience suggests mandatory sentencing does not deter crime

16 Aug 2012

My recent trip to the United States provided additional information about the failure of mandatory sentencing to reduce crime. While in Chicago I met with local attorneys-general, who reported that mandatory sentencing did not work because offenders did not link the crime with the consequence.

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The War on Drugs - Time for a Truce?

09 Aug 2012

This week a private boys’ school in Queensland announced that it had student and parent support to introduce random drug testing of its students to “save boys”.

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