find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Law Society to demand HR act

Law Society to demand HR act

The Law Society of NSW has welcomed Greg Smith SC's appointment to the position of Attorney-General and Minister for Justice while outlining its priorities for reform, which include a human…

The Law Society of NSW has welcomed Greg Smith SC's appointment to the position of Attorney-General and Minister for Justice while outlining its priorities for reform, which include a human rights charter.

Smith, the Member for Epping, was sworn in as the new Attorney-General and the Minister for Justice at Government House on the weekend.

Law Society president Stuart Westgarth said he is looking forward to working proactively with Smith on a range of law and justice issues.

"We've worked hard to generate constructive debate about law and justice policy in the lead-up to the election, we congratulate all parties on their participation in the discussion and we are looking forward to engaging with the Coalition government to progress their commitments," he said.

"The Law Society has developed a very good professional relationship with Mr Smith during the last year, and we are hopeful that legislative change will be preceded by meaningful consultation ... We look forward to a new era of legal reform in NSW."

The Law Society said its top priorities for reform under the new government would include a review of court funding and staffing levels across NSW, particularly in rural and regional areas, and working towards the introduction of a clear framework for human rights in the form of a charter of human rights and responsibilities in NSW.

Other priorities include addressing the growing backlog of DNA cases with increased and sustainable funding to improve DNA testing times and facilities; an assessment of funding of the Children's Court Clinic and the appointment of specialist Children's Court magistrates to the Children's Court rather than the general Local Court; a comprehensive and consultative review of the Bail Act 1978, including its impact on juveniles; a review of the issue of legal representation at tribunals under the Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal Act 2001 and Guardianship Act 1987 and as part of a wider overhaul of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979; and repealing the Torrens Assurance Levy.

Westgarth said the Law Society would also be lobbying for a rationalised legal model for personal injury compensation claims.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Law Society to demand HR act
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...