Update to the Profession – 13 March 2024

  • On 28 February 2024, I attended the Burnie Court complex relocation group stakeholders meeting. Despite the current Government being in “caretaker mode” there continues to be progression in relation to this project. It has been confirmed that there remain regular communications between the Department of Justice (Tas) and Commonwealth officials in relation to whether there ought to be a fifth Court allocated to the Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia.
  • On 6 March 2024, I received a response from the Honourable Chief Justice Alstergren AO with respect to consultation with the Law Society of Tasmania on the draft General Federal Law Rules for the Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia (division 2). This has been referred to our various committees for review.
  • On 15 March 2024, several trainees from the Tasmania Legal Practice Course will be on the Northwest Coast. The objective of hosting the trainees is to introduce them to practise in regional Tasmania and to encourage them to take up positions. Please make them feel welcome if you see them.
  • On 21 March 2024, I will be attending the 2024 Tasmania Legal Practice course cocktail party.
  • On 22 March 2024, Launceston will welcome over 20 trainees from the Tasmania Legal Practice course to the north of the state. This is the first time that Launceston has hosted this event. I acknowledge those senior practitioners and judicial officers, including the Honourable Chief Justice Blow who have given up their spare time and will be participating in the activities on this day. I thank them for their time.
  • On 22 and 23 March 2024, the Executive Director, Luke Rheinberger, Mr Foon and I will be attending the quarterly meeting of the Law Society Presidents, Chief Executive Officers and the Conference of Law Societies.
  • As part of the Law Society CPD program, in April, we are offering free trauma informed practice awareness training for legal practitioners and firm leaders chaired by Mr Robert Benjamin AM SC and Ms Michelle Benjamin BA (Hons) (WSU) (BTeach) (WSU). These sessions are in person and are offered in Hobart, Launceston, and Devonport and members are encouraged to register. This is an important CPD event in light of the recommendations in the Commission of Inquiry Report and because it is an issue which impacts on so many areas of practice.

Julia Higgins
President