Update to the Profession – 28 February 2024

  • On behalf of the Law Society, I formally congratulate Deputy Magistrate Daly on his appointment as the Associate Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • On 6 February 2024, I wrote to the Attorney General, The Honourable Mark Dreyfus KC MP, regarding the Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia circuiting arrangements and use of Court facilities in Burnie. A media release followed. On 20 February 2024, I did receive correspondence from the Attorney General’s Department advising that discussions between officials from the Attorney General’s Department and the Tasmanian Department of Justice continue in relation to an ongoing presence for the Court in Burnie. I have been told that those discussions have been underpinned by a joint commitment to finding a solution that ensures continued access to justice for those in Burnie and surrounding communities.
  • On 23 February 2024, the Law Society convened a CPD, “The Basics of Practice – Information for Early Career Lawyers” in Launceston. This was presented by Mr Will Justo, Ms Amanda Thompson, Ms Amelia Higgs, Ms Helen Bassett, and me. It was well attended with about 19 paralegals / early career practitioners followed by drinks.
  • On 23 February 2024 you will have received a memorandum from the Society in relation to changes to the paper-based conveyancing process in Tasmania. Those changes will come into effect from 7 March 2024 onwards. If you need any other information, then I invite you to contact the Law Society.
  • On 26 February 2024, Executive Director, Mr Luke Rheinberger, myself, and members of the bar association met with Chief Justice Mortimer of the Federal Court of Australia. The statistics still indicate a low rate of filing in the Federal Court. The Law Society will be working with the Chambers of the Chief Justice to present a CPD later in the year. The Legal Practice Course for the first time this year, will have a module on Federal Court. This meeting was followed by lunch at the Court hosted by the Chief Justice.
  • On 27 February 2024, the Executive Director and I attended the media launch to welcome “Zoey” and launch the Hobart Court Dog Program Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia. Zoey is a fully accredited and licensed therapy dog. Zoey is available to provide comfort and emotional support to parties and children at the court. Where requested, Zoey can attend hearings and other events. This is a fantastic initiative by the court giving recognition to supports required by vulnerable court users. We are very fortunate for our Hobart Registry to have the presence of Zoey.
  • On 27 February 2024 I had the opportunity to attend the Legal Practice Course to meet this year’s graduates and spent the afternoon with them.

Julia Higgins