Customary Law

Law Society of Western Australia

Friday, 25 January 2019 In a recent article in The West Australian, Josie Farrer MLA addressed the issue of customary law. The Law Society of Western Australia supports the position of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, which in its report of September 2006, recommended recognition of customary laws and practises which are consistent […]

Joint statement: Law Council of Australia and Law Society of Western Australia regarding imprisonment for unpaid fines

Law Council of Australia

8 January 2019 The Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia urge the Western Australian government to repeal laws that provide for imprisonment as a result of unpaid fines. Imprisonment for fine default disproportionately impacts people who experience significant disadvantage, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and particularly Aboriginal and […]

Law Society Welcomes Amendment to WA Redress Legislation

Law Society of Western Australia

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the decision by the State Government to agree to incorporate amendments proposed by the WA Opposition to Western Australia’s National Redress Scheme legislation. The Bill as previously drafted would have barred survivors of child sexual abuse from applying for criminal injuries compensation, if they […]

Law Society Council Election Results

Thursday, 22 November 2018 Voting closed on 21 November 2018 in the election of the Law Society’s 2019 Council. The Law Society congratulates the following members who have been elected to Council: President Greg McIntyre SC Senior Vice President Nicholas van Hattem Junior Vice President and Treasurer Rebecca Lee Ordinary Members Nathan Ebbs Ante Golem Matthew Howard SC […]

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Senior Counsel appointees

Law Society of Western Australia

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates each of the candidates appointed Senior Counsel, as announced today by the Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Hon Justice Peter Quinlan, as follows: Mr John Ley Mr Gary Cobby Mr John Hedges Mr Alain Musikanth Mr Steven Penglis Mr Michael Feutrill Ms Carolyn […]

The Law Society welcomes legislation to implement scheme for the expungement of historical homosexual convictions

Law Society of Western Australia

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the passage of legislation through State Parliament that will implement a scheme for the expungement of historical homosexual convictions related to consensual homosexual activity. Consensual homosexual activity was historically criminalised by provisions of the Criminal Code Act 1913, which have since been repealed. However, […]