• Surge in remand population results in unfair prison sentences February 5, 2020
    Victorian judges are handing down tough retrospective prison terms rather than more appropriate community correction orders because an increasing number of defendants are on remand, a Sentencing Advisory Council investigation suggests.
  • Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society December 18, 2017
    Ninety years of Western Australia’s legal profession has been recorded in a special publication celebrating the group’s contributions to the community, legal aid and its members.
  • QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’ July 13, 2017
    A Brisbane court’s decision to imprison high-profile criminal lawyer Timothy Meehan for a period of five-and-a-half years has been endorsed by the local law society, which described the man’s conduct as an abuse of the trust and faith that members of the public place in lawyers.
  • NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending May 10, 2017
    Over $200 million will be invested in recruiting extra personnel for correctional facilities plus new measures to improve community safety as part of a major overhaul of the NSW criminal justice system.
  • The legal budget breakdown 2017 May 9, 2017
    Where the chips fall in Australia's federal budget can tip the scales of justice, with big implications for lawyers, law students and the wider community alike.
  • Vic Bar commends funds to back victims of crime May 9, 2017
    The Victorian government’s commitment to extra support services for victims in court has been applauded by the state bar association.
  • WTO rolls big tobacco May 7, 2017
    A leaked draft ruling has revealed that the World Trade Organisation is likely to uphold Australia’s plain packaging laws. Former attorney-general Nicola Roxon said the landmark decision is a win for the Australian public.
  • NSW civic servant picked to head Legal Aid May 7, 2017
    A new CEO for Legal Aid NSW has been named by the state attorney general.
  • Court rebukes ‘waste’ of lawyers piled on bankruptcy matter May 7, 2017
    A judge has lamented the unnecessary "general model" of putting many more lawyers on a case than needed and duplicating work which barristers could do at a more reasonable expense to the client.
  • Academics release scathing brief on asylum seeker policy May 4, 2017
    The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW has released a new policy brief on Australia’s treatment of boat arrivals, which it says is a violation of international law and an unfeasible long-term solution.