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RU OK? Day – Message from the President

9 September 2021

  Thursday, 9 September 2021 is R U OK? Day. This year the message is: “Are they really OK? Ask them today”. …

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Joint Media Statement: Funding certainty to help Law Access meet pro bono demand

27 August 2021

Friday, 27 August 2021   Law Access and its founder and parent body, the Law Society of Western Australia, welcome …

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The Courts Legislation Amendment (Magistrates) Bill 2021 – Potential ramifications for the independence of the judiciary

4 August 2021

Wednesday, 4 August 2021 The Courts Legislation Amendment (Magistrates) Bill 2021 (Bill) was introduced on 23 June 2021. Yesterday the Law Society of …

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The Courts Legislation Amendment (Magistrates) Bill 2021 – Potential ramifications for the independence of the judiciary

3 August 2021

3 August 2021 The Law Society understands that the Courts Legislation Amendment (Magistrates) Bill 2021 (Bill) introduced on 23 June 2021 has …

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Cluedunnit Kids 2021: Awards Ceremony

20 July 2021

Tuesday, 20 July 2021   Cluedunnit Kids gets Year 6 and Year 5/6 student teams to investigate a fictional criminal …

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Australian legal profession records strong growth as more women enter the profession

14 July 2021

Wednesday, 14 July 2021   The 2020 National Profile of Solicitors in Australia, released in Sydney today on behalf of …

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The Law Society welcomes the State Solicitor’s Office as an independent sub-department

8 July 2021

Thursday, 8 July 2021   The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Attorney General, the …

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NAIDOC Week – Heal Country!

1 July 2021

  Thursday, 1 July 2021   NAIDOC Week runs from 4 to 14 July 2021. Despite all the challenges of …

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied – WA Courts in Crisis

17 June 2021

  Thursday, 17 June 2021   In April 2021, the Law Society of Western Australia issued a media statement raising …

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New Judicial Appointments to the District Court

1 June 2021

  Tuesday, 1 June 2021   The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates barrister Lisa Campbell-Tovey and Supreme Court Registrar …

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Federal Budget 2021-22 – Investment in Addressing Sexual Harassment

12 May 2021

  Wednesday, 12 May 2021   The Law Society of Western Australia is pleased that the Federal Government has made …

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The Urgent Need for Criminal Courts in Western Australia

20 April 2021

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 The Law Society of Western Australia has raised concerns with the State Attorney General about the …

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The Law Society Strongly Opposes Mandatory Sentencing

18 January 2021

Monday, 18 January 2021   The Law Society of Western Australia is firmly opposed to mandatory sentencing in any form …

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Senior Counsel Appointments 2020

25 November 2020

Wednesday, 25 November 2020   The Law Society congratulates the six practitioners appointed as Senior Counsel, as announced today by …

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2021 Law Society Council – Meet the Nominees

21 October 2020

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 Nominations for election to the 2021 Law Society Council closed on Wednesday, 14 October. Congratulations once …

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Media Statement: 2021 Law Society President Elected

15 October 2020

Thursday, 15 October 2020     Jocelyne Boujos has been declared elected as the Law Society of Western Australia’s President …

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Media Statement: WA Supreme Court Judgment Delivered Today Following Trial of Bradley Robert Edwards

24 September 2020

Thursday, 24 September 2020 “This is a trial like no other. This is a trial like every other. Those apparently …

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Podcast Series – Controversy & Celebrity: Perth’s Mayoral Candidates (Episode 7)

22 September 2020

Tuesday, 22 September 2020   In our final episode of Controversy & Celebrity, Basil Zempilas discusses how his upbringing and …

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Podcast Series – Controversy & Celebrity: Perth’s Mayoral Candidates (Episode 6)

21 September 2020

Monday, 21 September 2020   Having narrowly missed out on a council seat in 2017, Activate Perth chair Di Bain …

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Podcast Series – Controversy & Celebrity: Perth’s Mayoral Candidates (Episode 5)

18 September 2020

Friday, 18 September 2020   Local businessman Bruce Reynolds launched his campaign for the City of Perth’s lord mayoralty just one day before …

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Podcast Series – Controversy & Celebrity: Perth’s Mayoral Candidates (Episode 4)

17 September 2020

Thursday, 17 September 2020   In Episode 4 from our Controversy & Celebrity podcast, hosted by Law Society President Nicholas …

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Podcast Series – Controversy & Celebrity: Perth’s Mayoral Candidates (Episode 3)

16 September 2020

Wednesday, 16 September 2020   In the latest from our Controversy & Celebrity podcast, hosted by Law Society President Nicholas …

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Podcast Series – Controversy & Celebrity: Perth’s Mayoral Candidates (Episode 2)

15 September 2020

Tuesday, 15 September 2020   In our second episode of Controversy & Celebrity, hosted by Law Society President Nicholas Van …

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Launch of New Podcast Series – Controversy & Celebrity: Perth’s Mayoral Candidates

14 September 2020

Monday, 14 September August 2020   The Law Society is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, “Controversy …

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R U OK? Day – President’s Message

10 September 2020

Thursday, 10 September 2020 is R U OK? Day, a national day of action to inspire and empower people to …

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Media Statement on the Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty. Ltd.) Agreement Act

19 August 2020

Wednesday, 19 August 2020     Last week, Parliament passed a law which challenges fundamental legal principles. The law unilaterally …

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New Judicial Appointments to the Magistrates Court

31 July 2020

Friday, 31 July 2020   The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the announcement by the Attorney General the Hon …

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New Judicial Appointments to the District Court

30 July 2020

Thursday, 30 July 2020   The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Magistrate Martin Flynn, Gary Massey and Karen Shepherd …

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Vale The Honourable Michael Murray AM QC

28 July 2020

Tuesday, 28 July 2020   The Law Society is saddened to hear of the passing of the Honourable Justice Michael …

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Cluedunnit Kids 2020: Awards Ceremony

27 July 2020

Monday, 27 July 2020   The awards ceremony for the Law Society of Western Australia’s Cluedunnit Kids, an annual Law …

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The Law Society of Western Australia Welcomes Announcement that $6.2m Kimberley Juvenile Justice Strategy is Moving to Next Phase

15 July 2020

Wednesday, 15 July 2020   The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the announcement from the State Government today that …

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Statement to the WA Legal Profession from the Executive of the Law Society of Western Australia on Sexual Harassment in any Profession, any Workplace

25 June 2020

Thursday, 25 June 2020 There is no place for sexual harassment in any profession, any workplace. Sexual harassment is both unlawful …

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Public Notice: The Heads of Jurisdiction of the Courts and Tribunals in Western Australia are Committed to Ensuring a Safe Working Environment for All Staff

24 June 2020

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 A Public Notice has been issued that the heads of jurisdiction of the courts and tribunals …

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Joint Media Statement: The Law Society and Law Access Welcome Legal Funding Boost to Help WA’s Most Vulnerable and Disadvantaged

24 June 2020

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 The Law Society of Western Australia and Law Access welcome the announcement today by the Attorney …

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Update on Uniform Law

22 June 2020

Friday, 13 March 2020 The Attorney General the Hon John Quigley MLA has advised that the Legal Profession Uniform Law …

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The Law Society Welcomes Comprehensive Reform Package to WA’s Fine Enforcement Regime

17 June 2020

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the announcement by the Attorney General, the Hon John …

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Law Society Congratulates Mara Barone SC on Appointment as District Court Judge

6 May 2020

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Mara Barone SC, who has been appointed as a …

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Vale Terry O’Connor QC

29 April 2020

Wednesday, 29 April 2020   The Law Society is saddened to hear of the passing of Terry O’Connor QC, a …

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The Law Society acknowledges the Hon John McKechnie QC’s contribution as Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission

24 April 2020

Friday, 24 April 2020 The Law Society of Western Australia notes, following a media release from the Joint Standing Committee …

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Lawyers Continuing to Provide Important Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

14 April 2020

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 Today the Attorney General the Hon John Quigley MLA acknowledged the important work of the profession …

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Vale the Honourable Stephen Thackray

3 April 2020

Thursday, 2 April 2020   The Law Society is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of the Honourable Stephen Thackray, …

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Law Society Welcomes Introduction of WA Pro Bono Model to Enhance Access to Justice

23 March 2020

Friday, 20 March 2020 The State Government has announced the introduction of a Pro Bono Model, which will further enhance access to justice …

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Message from the CEO – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

3 March 2020

As the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, it is important that we put in place measures to ensure …

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Law Society Congratulates New Chief Judge of District Court and New President of Children’s Court on Appointments

28 February 2020

Friday, 28 February 2020 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Her Honour Judge Julie Wager, who has been appointed as the new …

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Vacation Clerk & Graduate Recruitment Dates 2020

11 February 2020

The Law Schools of Curtin, ECU, Murdoch, Notre Dame and UWA have put together recommended recruitment dates for 2020. In …

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Survey on Engagement and Retention of Legal Professionals

10 February 2020

Monday, 3 February 2020 The Law Society of Western Australia has commissioned an engagement and retention survey to research and …

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Law Society Congratulates New Senior Counsel

27 November 2019

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 The Law Society congratulates the six practitioners appointed as Senior Counsel, as announced today by the …

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019

27 November 2019

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia has released its submission in response to the Voluntary Assisted …

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2020 Law Society Council

15 November 2019

Friday, 15 November 2019 Voting in the election of the Law Society Council for 2020 closed on 13 November. Click …

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New Federal Agreement Must Increase Legal Assistance Funding and Protect Indigenous Legal Assistance

1 November 2019

Friday, 1 November 2019 The Commonwealth and State Governments must use upcoming negotiations to urgently address the crisis in legal …

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Law Society Welcomes Increase to Payroll Tax Threshold

31 October 2019

Thursday, 31 October 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Government that it will …

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2020 Law Society Council – Meet the Nominees

28 October 2019

Friday, 25 October 2019 Nominations for election to the 2020 Law Society Council closed on Wednesday, 16 October. Congratulations once …

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2020 Law Society President Elected

17 October 2019

Thursday, 17 October 2019 Nicholas van Hattem has been declared elected as the Law Society of Western Australia’s President for …

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Law Council of Australia: Gains being made though gender gap in barrister briefings remains, report finds

11 October 2019

11 October 2019 Female barristers are starting to receive more briefs and are more often recommended for work by their …

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Joint Statement: Law Society and Law Council Welcome Reforms to Fines Enforcement Regime

26 September 2019

Thursday, 26 September 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia and the Law Council of Australia have welcomed the announcement …

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Aboriginal Youth Voice Gets the Go Ahead!

19 September 2019

  Thursday, 19 September 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia is pleased to announce that through its Lore/Law project, …

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R U OK? Day – President’s Message

12 September 2019

                Thursday, 12 September 2019 is R U OK? Day, a national day …

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2019 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture: Climate Change – Political and Legal Accountability

2 August 2019

Friday, 2 August 2019 The 2019 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture will explore significant issues related to climate change, including the Commonwealth Government’s current …

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Law Society Welcomes New Network of Legal Aid Virtual Offices

4 July 2019

Thursday, 4 July 2019 The Law Society welcomes an announcement by the Hon John Quigley MLA, Attorney General of Western …

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Law Society Supports CCIWA Campaign to Cut Payroll Tax

26 June 2019

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia has joined other peak WA industry groups in supporting the campaign of the …

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Report Finds Women Make Up Majority of Australian Legal Profession

19 June 2019

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 A new report has found that women outnumber men in the Australian legal profession. The 2018 …

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The Law Society of Western Australia Supports Justice Reinvestment

5 June 2019

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes recent statements by the Attorney General the Hon John …

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New Judicial Appointments

11 April 2019

Thursday, 11 April 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Jennifer Hill and the Hon Justice John Vaughan, who …

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The Law Society Congratulates Ben Gauntlett on Appointment as Disability Discrimination Commissioner

5 April 2019

Friday, 5 April 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Ben Gauntlett, following his appointment as Disability Discrimination Commissioner. The Law Society …

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Law Society Congratulates Justice Janine Pritchard on State Administrative Tribunal Appointment

3 April 2019

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Supreme Court Justice Janine Pritchard, who has been appointed President of the …

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Western Australia to Adopt Legal Profession Uniform Law

28 February 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia has welcomed the announcement today by the Attorney General, the Hon John …

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Customary Law

25 January 2019

Friday, 25 January 2019 In a recent article in The West Australian, Josie Farrer MLA addressed the issue of customary …

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Law Society’s Lore Law Project Awarded State Government Grant

24 January 2019

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 …

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

10 January 2019

8 January 2019 The Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia urge the Western Australian government …

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Law Society Welcomes Amendment to WA Redress Legislation

27 November 2018

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the decision by the State Government to agree to …

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Law Society Supports Amendment to Redress Bill for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

22 November 2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia has expressed its support for a proposed amendment to the …

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Greg McIntyre SC Elected Law Society President for 2019

22 November 2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018 Current Law Society of Western Australia Senior Vice President Greg McIntyre SC has been elected President …

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Law Society Council Election Results

22 November 2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018 Voting closed on 21 November 2018 in the election of the Law Society’s 2019 Council. The …

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The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Senior Counsel appointees

13 November 2018

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates each of the candidates appointed Senior Counsel, as announced …

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The Law Society of Western Australia’s Old Court House Law Museum Awarded Community Heritage Grant

9 November 2018

Friday, 9 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia is delighted to announce that its Old Court House Law …

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Vote for your 2019 Law Society Council

30 October 2018

Nominations for election to the 2019 Law Society Council closed on Wednesday, 17 October. To view the nominees (with their …

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Elections to Law Society’s 2019 Council – Nominations Now Closed

15 October 2018

Nominations for election to the Law Society’s 2019 Council are now closed.

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The Law Society welcomes appointment of Justice Joseph McGrath to Aged Care Royal Commission

9 October 2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the announcement today by the Federal Government that the …

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The Law Society Congratulates Joshua Thomson SC on Solicitor General Appointment

4 October 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018 The Law Society congratulates Joshua Thomson SC on his appointment as Solicitor General of Western Australia. …

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

12 September 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the passage of legislation through State Parliament that will …

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The Law Society congratulates Justice Janine Pritchard and Magistrate Paul Glass on judicial appointments

12 September 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Justice Janine Pritchard, who has been appointed …

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The Law Society of Western Australia calls on the McGowan Government to reverse unfair budget cuts to its school education programme

6 September 2018

Thursday, 6 September 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia calls on the State Government to reverse its more than …

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The Law Society commends the Hon Justice Jeremy Curthoys following State Administrative Tribunal announcement

5 September 2018

The Law Society of Western Australia commends the Hon Justice Jeremy Curthoys, following today’s announcement by the Hon Chief Justice …

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Justice Project Final Report Released: ‘Justice Impact Tests’ Among Landmark Recommendations

23 August 2018

Thursday, 23 August 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia, as a constituent member of the Law Council of Australia, …

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The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Peter Quinlan SC on his appointment as the 14th Chief Justice of Western Australia

1 August 2018

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia commends the Attorney General’s announcement today that Mr Peter Quinlan SC will …

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The Law Society welcomes introduction of targets for briefing female barristers by Commonwealth agencies

2 July 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that all Commonwealth agencies will be set specific …

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The Law Society welcomes State Government decision to keep Landgate in public hands

27 June 2018

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Government that it has …

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Family and Federal Circuit Court Reform Details Awaited

6 June 2018

The Law Council was interested to learn of the Australian Government’s plans to amalgamate the Federal Circuit Court of Australia …

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The Law Society Partners with Edith Cowan University to Survey Lawyers’ Cyber Security Practices

22 May 2018

The Law Society of Western Australia has partnered with Edith Cowan University on research into the cyber security practices of …

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Law Council Applauds Recommendation to Repeal ASIO’s Detention Power

10 May 2018

The Law Council of Australia has thrown its full support behind recommendations by the powerful Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security …

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The Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia Announces Retirement

26 March 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018 The Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia has today announced he will be …

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Law Society President Marks International Women’s Day with Keynote Address

8 March 2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018 Hayley Cormann, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, addressed friends and alumni today at …

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The Law Society Congratulates New Children’s Court President

28 February 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Her Honour Judge Julie Wager, whose appointment as the …

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New Appointments to District and Supreme Courts

28 February 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the following judicial appointees: District Court Judge Anthony Derrick …

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The Law Society congratulates new judicial appointees

1 February 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the following judicial appointees, as announced by the Attorney …

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The Law Society congratulates the Hon Christian Porter MP on appointment as Attorney General of Australia

19 December 2017

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Christian Porter MP on his appointment as …

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The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates new Federal Court judges

14 December 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Honourable Justice Katrina Banks-Smith and Mr Craig Colvin …

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Law Society congratulates new District Court judges

6 December 2017

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Ms Fiona Vernon, Mr Hylton Quail and Ms Kate Glancy on their …

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Law Society congratulates new Senior Counsel

29 November 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Mr Stephen Wright, Ms Amanda Burrows and Mr Simon …

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The Law Society elects President for 2018

20 October 2017

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Hayley Cormann, who was elected unopposed as the Law Society’s President for 2018. …

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