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July 2014
 
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  Justice Rothman and Mick Gooda both inspiring at the July 2014 Criminal Law Conference

Lawyers are urged to be strong advocates for socially excluded clients and think creatively about measuring success.

Photo: Conference organiser Heather Anderson; keynote speaker Justice Rothman; Acting Executive Director, Criminal Law Richard Funston; plenary speaker Dr Sarah Edelman; and Legal Aid NSW CEO Bill Grant. Photo: Penny Clay Read more

 
Means Test thresholds to be raised
Legal Aid NSW narrows the 'justice gap' so more people can be eligible for legal aid. Read more
 
Keeping women and children safe
Minister urges strong partnerships to ensure the success of Domestic and Family Violence Reforms. Read more
 
Feedback - all types welcome
It is easier now for people to provide a compliment, suggestion or complaint using an online form. Read more
 
Liverpool social security outreach clinic
People are being assisted with complex legal issues before they escalate to the tribunal stage. Read more
 
Planning for the next 12 months
A new Legal Aid NSW Plan sets clear goals for client service delivery. Read more
 
Panel lawyer news
Current Local Court defended hearing policy to continue
The policy restricting legal aid in Local Court defended hearings will be extended for another 12 months. Read more
 
Commonwealth family law fee scale changes
Fees have been increased and fee scales have been simplified. Read more
 
Caution to keep young people out of court
A 'protected admissions' procedure aims at increasing the use of cautions given to young people rather than the matter proceeding to the Children's Court. Read more
 
Find out more about the Professional Practices Branch
A new interactive online module explains the role of the Legal Aid NSW Professional Practices Branch. Read more
 
Safe and confidential rooms for vulnerable witnesses
There are new guidelines about remote witness rooms at court. Read more
 
Joint action on bail condition for young people
New guidelines will assist lawyers who appear on behalf of children and young persons who come before the court and who are in difficulties with bail. Read more
 
General Insurance Code of Practice
The revised Code of Practice was launched on 1 July. Read more
 
Grants online tip
Does your web browser provide optimal viewing? Read more
 
Community legal education and resources
Working off fines debt - information at your fingertips
A new web page answers key questions about Work and Development Orders. Read more
 
Updated employment law factsheet
Spot the signs has been updated to reflect the new national minimum wage. Read more
 
Parramatta Homeless Connect
Homeless people can get free legal advice and other support at a Parramatta event. Read more
 
Courses and conferences
Civil law conference 2014
The Hon Brad Hazzard, NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice to open the civil law conference. Read more
 
Care and protection conference
Save the date for this conference on Friday 22 August 2014. Read more
 
Managing Aggressive and Violent Behaviour
A practical training course to be held on 28 July. Read more
 

Most Legal Aid NSW training courses are open to private lawyers, Community Legal Centre and Aboriginal Legal Service staff plus other partner agencies free of charge.

Details of all Legal Aid conferences and training courses are listed on the Learning Management System
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