Briefing practices and advocacy actions paper and upcoming Victorian Bar member seminar

Briefing practices and advocacy actions paper and upcoming Victorian Bar member seminar

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Our renewed approach under action 13 of the Family Law Legal Aid Services Review is to work with practice partners to strengthen family law briefing practices and court advocacy. We have consulted with members of the Victorian Bar, the judiciary, barrister’s clerks, private practitioners, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) staff lawyers and community legal centre lawyers to better understand issues facing practitioners.

Briefing Practices and Advocacy actions paper

We are pleased to release our Briefing Practices and Advocacy actions paper. Victoria Legal Aid will commit to the following key actions to strengthen family law briefing practices and court advocacy: 

  • Action 1 – Introduce a Working with VLA (Family Law) induction for Victorian Bar members
  • Action 2  – Expand access to VLA’s education and professional development programs that target working with our priority clients to our practice partners
  • Action 3  – Increase the ability to identify VLA’s practice partner barristers who do legally aided family law work
  • Action 4  – Create a Family Law Community of Practice group
  • Action 5  – Increase exposure and networking opportunities between VLA’s practice partner lawyers and barristers who do legally aided family law work.

Read the Briefing Practices and Advocacy actions paper – February 2018 (pdf, 706.19 KB)

Upcoming Victorian Bar member CPD seminar 5 March 2018

Working with VLA (Family Law) Induction

The purpose of the ‘Working with VLA (Family Law) Induction’ 2 CPD seminar is to highlight what is involved with legally aided family law work.

The introductory seminar will cover objectives, functions and briefly introduce the family law guidelines and fee structure. It will also cover VLA's client base, expectations when taking on a VLA brief, what supports VLA can offer our practice partner barristers, and some interesting cases will be discussed.

Victorian Bar members are invited to register for this 2CPD seminar via BPA.FamilyLaw@vla.vic.gov.au.

More information

Read the Briefing Practices and Advocacy actions paper – February 2018 (pdf, 706.19 KB)

Contact​

Elizabeth Le Project Manager, Briefing Practices and Advocacy (Family law) on (03) 9606 5211 or email BPA.FamilyLaw@vla.vic.gov.au.

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