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“A practical guide to sentences in the Local Court” - a podcast which does exactly what the title says! This excellent informative conversation style podcast is between Robyn and Anna which unpacks what to do to prepare for a plea in mitigation in the Local Court. NOTE: There are several complimentary materials which it is highly recommended that y…
 
This Podcast is all about CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT PILOT MATTERS: Practice, protocols, procedures and points of difference to other trial matters. This podcast covers all the practical information you need about these matters. Helen Shaw is a senior solicitor in Team 2 of the Criminal Indictable Section in head office at Legal Aid. Helen was admitted a…
 
In this podcast, solicitors Tim Khoo and Diane Elston discuss the Child Protection Register, Child Protection Prohibition Orders and some of the findings of the LECC review, ‘Operation Tusket’ into the NSW Child Protection Register (CPR). Apart from a general overview of the legislative framework they discuss: Why it is important for all practition…
 
Did you know? Understanding mandatory visa cancellations This podcast will give you an understanding of mandatory visa cancellations under the Migration Act and how these powers can impact your clients. Presented by Duy Pham and Stephanie Blaker, migration lawyers in the Government Law team at Legal Aid Sydney. This podcast explains what happens to…
 
In this podcast, solicitors Caitlin Akthar and Ruth Carty discuss laws relating to sex offences. As well as an overview of common offences, they discuss reforms to the law including: the application of the law of consent to a broader range of offences – s61HE of the Crimes Act; the introduction of a defence of similar age – section 80AG of the Crim…
 
This is the first podcast in our Criminal Law Division series of podcasts titled "Did you know?" which will cover exciting new developments relevant to criminal lawyers. As part of emergency legislation introduced to respond to COVID-19, the NSW parliament introduced new laws allowing for pre-recorded evidence hearings for a range of witnesses. The…
 
This podcast is part two of a two-part podcast series which covers a discussion about what psychologists and specifically what neuropsychologists do and their specialisation. It is a conversation between Will Tuckey, barrister and Dr Peter Ashkar, forensic psychologist and a clinical neuropsychologist, about when to engage psychologists, neuropsych…
 
This podcast is part one of a two-part podcast series which covers a discussion about what psychologists and specifically what neuropsychologists do and their specialisation. It is a conversation between Will Tuckey, barrister and Peter Ashkar, forensic psychologist and a clinical neuropsychologist, about when to engage psychologists, neuropsycholo…
 
Have you wondered how to best sort and arrange a brief of evidence in the most effective way to brief Counsel?….if so THIS PODCAST IS FOR YOU! You will hear an exchange of ideas and tips from Peter Pearsall Public Defender and Sophie Coulson, Legal Aid Indictable Solicitor. They discuss excellent suggestions for how to compose effective memos, to a…
 
Rowan McRae Executive Director of Civil Justice Access and Equity spoke to Patricia Karvelas on ABC 774 about our second test case against Centrelink’s robo-debt process. Our client Deanna only found out about her alleged robo-debt when her tax return was taken. ‘Our clients want these questions answered’. Read more about the case – https://www.leg…
 
In this episode, Gráinne Marsden, Legal Aid solicitor, and Dr Sally McSwiggan, Consultant Neuropsychologist, discuss Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 with a particular focus cognitive impairment and intellectual disability. The episode broadly looks at issues including the expert, the client, best practice in briefing …
 
Heidi Deason, Manager of our Mallee region office, spoke to ABC Mildura on 4 March 2019, about the Cross-border justice report. The report outlines the complex and unique challenges in accessing justice for people living along the borders of different states.Read the report http://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/about-us/news/working-together-to-improve-ac…
 
This episode is the recording of an in-house seminar given by Professor Elizabeth Elliot AM FAHMS on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Law. Professor Elliott is a Distinguished Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health in Sydney University Medical School; Consultant Paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Westmead); a Natio…
 
Aaron Tang, Senior Solicitor at Legal Aid NSW and Simon Healy, Barrister at Samuel Griffiths Chambers, present 2 comprehensive episodes on Social Media Evidence. In this Part Aaron and Simon address the following; 1: Police use of social media 2: Defence response 3: Admissibility.
 
On 15 October 2018 Damian Stock, Managing Lawyer of the Economic and Social Rights Team, was interviewed by Rafael Epstein on ABC Melbourne about a new hardship program introduced to help Victorians with road-toll debts.על ידי Victoria Legal Aid
 
In a 5 part series, the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Implementation Team at Legal Aid NSW will take you through an explanation of the EAGP reforms. In these episodes, the team will refer you to the relevant legislation, operational aspects of the reform and tips for practioners on how to deal with EAGP matters. In this episode the team discusses t…
 
This is the 2nd episode in a 5 part series by the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Implementation Team at Legal Aid NSW that takes you through an explanation of the EAGP reforms. In this episode the team discusses steps 1 and 2 of the new EAGP committal process: 1. Early Disclosure 2. Charge Certification.…
 
This is the 3rd episode in a 5 part series by the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Implementation Team at Legal Aid NSW that takes you through an explanation of the EAGP reforms. In this episode the team discusses steps 3 and 4 of the new EAGP committal process: 3. Case conferencing 4. Case conferencing certificates.…
 
This is the 4th episode in a 5 part series by the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Implementation Team at Legal Aid NSW that takes you through an explanation of the EAGP reforms. In this episode the team discusses committal procedures including: Witness hearings Fitness issues The process of committal for trial and sentence.…
 
This is the final episode in a 5 part series by the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Implementation Team at Legal Aid NSW that takes you through an explanation of the EAGP reforms. In this episode the team discusses the new statutory sentence discount scheme.
 
Victoria Legal Aid's Lucy Geddes, Lawyer Mental Health and Disability Law Program, was interviewed on ABC’s 774 Drive program about the decision for all charges to be dropped against her client Francis.Francis became a Victoria Legal Aid client after NDIS-funded disability service providers withdrew services from him. The 20 year old, who has intel…
 
Listen to our Managing Lawyer, Economic and Social Rights, Damian Stock being interviewed on ABC 774 Drive, on 29 May 2018, about a recent Supreme Court case challenging an eviction notice.More information:https://www.domain.com.au/news/iranian-refugee-served-eviction-notice-takes-case-to-the-supreme-court-20180528-h10m3w/…
 
In this episode Troy Anderson, Public Defender, delivers a seminar on 'Cross examination; the art of asking simple questions in the right order'. Troy provides useful and relevant insights and tips for criminal lawyers that will undoubedly assist in cross examining witnesses.
 
This episode on the topic of bail is presented by Rose Khalilizadeh, Barrister at Forbes Chambers. Rose provides an overview of bail to assist with preparing an application on behalf of an accused. Rose breaks down the episode into 3 parts; 1. The basics of a bail application. 2. Recent developments in case law relating to bail. 3. Practical tips.…
 
Dan Howard SC offers some practical insights into the ‘art of advocacy’ derived from his varied experiences as an advocate and advocacy teacher. Topics discussed include preparation and planning, organising your material, managing your resources and yourself, presenting your case in chief, dealing with expert evidence, and cross-examination. The em…
 
Sally McAtee and Aideen McGarrigle from our In-House Counsel Unit look at the particular ethical issues that arise for our lawyers in the context of provding advice, minor assistance, duty and outreach services. This session will assist you to identify ethical issues within the Legal Aid NSW environment, understand where to look for resources and a…
 
As Director of Independent Forensic Services, Helen Roebuck is exposed to flaws in DNA evidence regularly. In this presentation Helen discusses the basics of DNA profiling, recent technical and procedural changes relating to the handling of Forensic Biology and DNA evidence, and gives an insight into what questions you should be asking when DNA evi…
 
Presented by Helen Shaw, Senior Solicitor in the Indictable Section at Central Sydney Office of Legal Aid, this episode discusses Special Hearings in the District and Supreme Courts and follows Helen's previous episode on Fitness Issues & Fitness Hearings in the District & Supreme Courts.
 
Jeremy Styles, Senior Solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Servce NSW/ACT discusses Lewis v Sergeant Rily [2017] NSWCA 272 where the Court of Appeal (Basten JA, White JA and Fagan JA in separate judgments) found that the District Court had a power to hear a rehearing appeal from a Forensic Procedure Order made by the Local Court.…
 
This session is presented by Helen Shaw and focuses on issues that give rise to a question about a client's fitness. We look at the Presser Criteria, the procedures for fitness hearings, and the legislation that governs the procedures.
 
We recently launched our first health justice partnership in Mildura. The VLA Mallee Regional Office is co-located inside Sunraysia Community Health Service so that we can serve the community in a relevant and timely manner.Listen to Manager Mallee Legal Impact Heidi Deason and Executive Director Services and Innovation Peter Noble speak to ABC Mil…
 
This edition of our Access to Justice podcast discusses bringing legal assistance to thousands of asylum seekers affected by changes to Commonwealth law in 2014. Their claims for protection became collectively known as the legacy caseload.You will hear from the Executive Director of Refugee Legal, David Manne, our Executive Director of Civil Justic…
 
Speakers from the Means Test Review briefing event 10 August 2016: Bevan Warner, Managing Director, Victoria Legal Aid; Mary Sayers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Council of Social Services; Steven Sapountsis, President, Law Institute of Victoria; Belinda Lo, Chairperson, Federation of Community Legal Centres.We are reviewing the way we…
 
Speakers from the Means Test Review briefing event 10 August 2016: Bevan Warner, Managing Director, Victoria Legal Aid; Mary Sayers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Council of Social Services; Steven Sapountsis, President, Law Institute of Victoria; Belinda Lo, Chairperson, Federation of Community Legal Centres.We are reviewing the way we…
 
Speakers from the Means Test Review briefing event 10 August 2016: Bevan Warner, Managing Director, Victoria Legal Aid; Mary Sayers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Council of Social Services; Steven Sapountsis, President, Law Institute of Victoria; Belinda Lo, Chairperson, Federation of Community Legal Centres.We are reviewing the way we…
 
Speakers from the Means Test Review briefing event 10 August 2016: Bevan Warner, Managing Director, Victoria Legal Aid; Mary Sayers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Council of Social Services; Steven Sapountsis, President, Law Institute of Victoria; Belinda Lo, Chairperson, Federation of Community Legal Centres.We are reviewing the way we…
 
Introduction by Deputy Managing Lawyer, Equality Law, Aimee Cooper and speech by LGBTI Taskforce member Jamie Gardiner at the exhibition launch of An Unfinished Journey: Law and Justice for LGBTIQ people in Victoria 1835 – 2016, curated by the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and held at the Victoria Legal Aid Library. Find out more about the ev…
 
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