Transparency International

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is hosting the third Frank Costigan Oration held in honour of former Victorian Bar Council Chairman and Chair of Transparency International Australia, Frank Costigan QC, a man of integrity who played a major role in combating organised crime and corruption in Australia and the Pacific Region.
A Life in the Law or a Life and the Law: an appreciation of Frank Costigan QC
click The Honourable Justice Susan Crennan AC, of the High Court of Australia and a past Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council, will reflect on the life of Frank Costigan QC, a friend and colleague, and the values he exemplified.

Quis Custodiet Custodes? The role of oversight in the Victorian Integrity System
Robin Brett QC, head of the Victorian Inspectorate and also a past Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council, will address the role of oversight of anti-corruption bodies in a comprehensive and balanced integrity system.

Introduction by  source url Roger Gyles AO QC, Chair of Transparency International Australia

The presentations will be followed by a drinks reception in the Supreme Court Library from 6:15pm. Limited seating is available in the Banco Court so please register early to avoid disappointment.

here Date: Thursday 20 November 2014,  ig traider Time: 5:15 – 7 pm* Venue: Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William Street, Melbourne

Please register by responding to the email you should have received from Vicbar.

Magistrates’ Court updates


Please note the new Practice Direction (No 4 of 2014), which indicates that subsequent bail applications (after a refusal of bail) will be listed before the refusing Magistrate regardless of whether that Magistrate is at a suburban court.


New restrictions to questioning at committals now apply. Section 119(c) now require leave to be sought to xxn each witness on each discrete issue. The Form 32 at committal mention must seek leave in such terms.

Melbourne Custody Centre

A new practice is being implemented whereby the ground floor custody booths will be made available for brief conferences between clients & practitioners, but only after permission is granted by the Magistrate.

New Alcohol Exclusion Orders

Sections 89DC-89DH of the Sentencing Act now permit a court, where a person has committed an offence involving alcohol, to exclude them from cafes, restaurants, bars, major events, etc for 2 years (commencing on release if the offender is in custody). The period of such an order is mandatory, ie for 2 years. A Practice Direction is being drafted.

New Exclusion Orders

Amendments in Divisions 1A and 1B (sections 6-6J) of the Summary Offences Act expand police “moving on” powers, partly aimed at public protests. A Practice Direction is being drafted. Note the extensive provisions about breaches of moving on orders and that powers may be exercised by police and PSOs.

Telecourt / videolink

The Magistrates’ Court is considering a change to the default position for appearances for mentions and possibly contest mentions and short pleas. Instead of applying to have a client appear by videolink, practitioners will have to apply to have a client brought to court. More information is being sought.

Research participants wanted

We would like to invite you to participate in a research project titled Implementing law reform: the outcomes and value of empirical research currently being conducted through Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.
The project is examining the value of different modes of key stakeholder engagement in law reform (such as consultation, surveys, scenario-based research, and group discussions), taking proposed changes to the legal definition of rape in Victoria as its focus.
As a legal expert, we would highly value your insight and hope you might be willing and available to participate in our research.
Participation will involve completing a 20-30 minute online survey, and taking part in a 45 minute group discussion. You will also be asked to complete a 5-minute feedback form after the discussion.
Both the survey and group discussions will investigate how participants interpret and apply a proposed definition of rape to four short fact-based scenarios (‘vignettes’).
If you would like to participate, please email Anastasia Powell ( to RSVP for one of the group discussion times below (a light lunch/supper will be provided):
Thursday 30th October: 12:30pm, or 5:30pm, OR
Friday 31st October: 12:30pm.
We will reply to confirm your place in the discussion, provide further details about the research and the venue (in Melbourne CBD), as well as a link to the online survey that you can complete in your own time prior to the group discussion.
Should you have any concerns or questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact either the Project Leader Wendy Larcombe or the Project Officer Bianca Fileborn.
I have also included a general invitation and further information about the project below, if you would like to circulate it through your networks.
Kind Regards,
Anastasia Powell
On behalf of the project team: A/Prof Wendy Larcombe (Project Leader, The University of Melbourne), Dr Natalia Hanley (The University of Melbourne), Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University), Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University), and Dr Bianca Fileborn (The University of Melbourne).

Message from John Coldrey QC

Just a word (or several) about the International Criminal Law Congress 2014.

The program is high-powered, extensive and professionally relevant – it positively reeks of CPD points and tax deductibility. You may not end up any wiser but you will certainly be much better informed!

Solicitors from the VLA and ODPP are flocking to the event creating an outstanding opportunity for networking (or as I call it, blatant self-promotion). This interaction can also be pursued at the Traditional Long Lunch, held (appropriately) in the MCG Longroom and/or at the Gala Dinner (held in a shorter, more intimate, room) These social activities may be attended independently of the actual conference. All the details are to be found at

You know you need to be there!

John Coldrey QC. (Honorary Figurehead)