Law Society’s Lore Law Project Awarded State Government Grant

Thursday, 24 January 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement that its Lore Law Project has been recognised by the State Government with a $200,000 grant, the maximum grant amount, from the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program. Lore Law aims to support a reduction in the high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth contact […]

Family and Federal Circuit Court Reform Details Awaited

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The Law Council was interested to learn of the Australian Government’s plans to amalgamate the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia, indicated by them as a necessary first-step toward resolving the crisis in our courts. The amalgamation of the two courts, would see a single point of entry for all […]

President’s Welcome to Law Summer School 2017

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Welcome by Alain Musikanth, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, at the Opening of Law Summer School 2017, The University Club, Friday, 17 February 2017 Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Law Summer School 2017. I would like to begin by respectfully acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we [...]

Mandatory sentencing undermining firearms trafficking bill

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

Including mandatory sentencing in the Federal Government’s firearms trafficking bill could lead to unjust punishments and unintended consequences. The Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2016, being debated in the Senate today, includes a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for those found guilty of trafficking illegal firearms. The Law Council of Australia is […]

Law Society response to the Women Lawyers of Western Australia’s 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Chief Justice’s Gender Bias Taskforce Review

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In September 2014, Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. released its 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Report of the Chief Justice’s Taskforce on Gender Bias (known as the 2014 Gender Bias Review Report or GBRR). Chapter 2 of the GBRR deals with ‘Career Paths for Women in the Legal Profession’. It contains a total […]

2016 Australian Young Lawyer Award winners announced

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

27-year-old Adelaide solicitor Natalie Wade has won the Individual 2016 Australian Young Lawyer Award, for her advocacy for equality within the legal profession and more broadly. Ms Wade works as a solicitor in the Child Protection System Royal Commission, with a focus on children with a disability and their vulnerabilities within the State Care System. […]

Law Council: Flawed mandatory sentencing element undermining important firearm measures

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The Law Council of Australia is warning that the unnecessary inclusion of mandatory sentencing will undermine the credibility of the Federal Government’s new firearms trafficking bill. Law Council of Australia President, Stuart Clark AM, said mandatory sentencing was counterproductive and could lead to unintended consequences and unjust punishments. “It is an important and worthy objective […]

2016 Murdoch Scholarship for the Most Outstanding Mock Trial Student

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The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Daniel Morey from Shenton College who has been awarded the 2016 Murdoch Scholarship for the Most Outstanding Mock Trial Student. Daniel competed against a strong field at the selection day held at Murdoch University School of Law on Saturday 20 August 2016. Daniel will be joining the mooting programme [...]