Law Society’s Recent Activities

The Law Society is the peak representative body of the legal profession in Tasmania (read more here).

Below are some of things we’ve been up to:

Date Activity
20/02/2018 President interviewed by ABC television in relation to mandatory sentencing
20/02/2018 President interviewed by the Examiner and Advocate on bail, mandatory sentencing and one punch laws
19/02/2018 President spoke to the Mercury newspaper in relation to one punch laws
19/02/2018 President spoke to ABC TV and radio in relation to one punch laws and workplace protest
19/02/2018 Submission to the Department of Justice in relation to the Legal Profession (Prescribed Authorities) Regulations 2008
09/02/2018 Submission to the Department of Justice on Bail Reform Position Paper
07/02/2018 President interviewed by Advocate regarding the Legal Profession Dinner awards and in particular the Young Lawyer’s Award recipient, Alex McKenzie
02/02/2018 President spoke at Opening of the Legal Year Dinner
02/02/2018 President interviewed by WIN news about Opening of the Legal Year Service
02/02/2018 Media Release in relation to opening of the Legal Year Dinner and Award recipients
02/02/2018 President spoke at the Opening of the Legal Year Church Service
23/01/2018 President requested Taswater to add details of contravention/investigation notices and orders to search results
22/01/2018 President interviewed by Examiner in relation to support for northern prison and proposed remand centre
22/01/2018 Vice-President conducted interview with ABC radio in relation to the support of a northern prison and intermediaries
22/01/2018 Vice-President’s comments referred to in Examiner Editorial in support of a northern prison
19/01/2018 President wrote to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in relation to the removal of divorce lists in Devonport and voicing the Society’s concern
15/01/2018 President interviewed by the Examiner about the government proposed legislation regarding cyber bulling and quoted in the Examiner and the Advocate on 16.1.18
 05/01/2018  Article by Executive Director published in the Mercury ‘Talking Points’ page on the need for adequate funding of the justice sector and soundly based policies
05/01/2018 President and Executive Director quoted in Mercury ‘Tassie 2022’ Law and Order feature
02/01/2018 Vice-President interviewed by Southern Cross television in relation to the government’s review of bail laws
02/01/2018 Vice-President interviewed by Examiner for comment in relation to proposal for a northern prison
01/01/2018 President Interviewed by Fairfax Media and reported in the Examiner regarding bail reform
01/01/2018 President Interview with Win TV by telephone for comment on proposed bail reform
01/01/2018 President Radio interview and online, with ABC regarding proposed bail reform/government discussion paper
27/12/2017 President interviewed by Advocate regarding proposed changes to shoplifting policies – Reported in Advocate Thursday 28 December 2017
21/12/2017 President and Executive Director interviewed by the Mercury newspaper in regards to their 2022 Law and Order feature
15/12/2017 Vice-President makes comment on a northern prison – Examiner Newspaper
14/12/2017 President writes to Chief Magistrate enclosing letter to the Chief Justice re concentrated criminal trial period and the need to take account of practitioner obligations imposed as a result
14/12/2017 President writes to Chief Justice re concentrated criminal trial period and the need to take account of practitioner well-being
14/12/2017 President attends the 2017 Premier’s Southern Christmas Reception
 6/12/2017 Society launches 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.
6/12/2017 President met with the SRO in relation to administrative delays and other concerns affecting the profession.
1/12/2017 President and Executive Director attended CEO’s, President’s, COLS and Law Council of Australia Meetings, representing member and Tasmanian profession interests on a national level.
 29/11/2017 Mercury Online – media release quoted in relation to the Support of Judicial Appointment Process.
29/11/2017 Media Release on Support of Judicial Appointment Process.
23/11/2017 Executive Director interviewed by WIN re Phasing Out of Suspended Sentences Bill.
23/11/2017 President & Executive Director met with the Minister for Justice and discussed issues of interest.
22/11/2017 President interviewed by ABC radio re Phasing Out of Suspended Sentences Bill. Excerpt of interview on ABC radio news.
17/11/2017 President spoke at Annual Law Society Committees’ Dinner.
17/11/2017 President attended the Forum of Asbestos Free Tasmania  as Chair of the Law Foundation.
17/11/2017 President quoted in Mercury article on swearing in of Geason J re mandatory sentencing.
16/11/2017 Executive Director quoted in ABC news online article on phasing out of suspended sentences legislation.
16/11/2017 Media Release on Same Sex Marriage Survey.
16/11/2017 President spoke at swearing in of Justice Geason.
16/11/2017 Executive Director interviewed by and appeared on ABC television on Phasing Out of Suspended Sentences Bills.
16/11/2017 Executive Director briefed the Legislative Council on Mandatory Sentencing For Serious Sexual Offences Against Children, Assaults on Off Duty Police Officers and Phasing Out of Suspended Sentences Bills.
16/11/2017 President interviewed by ABC, WIN & Southern Cross on appointment of Geason J, number of judges and mandatory sentencing. President appeared on WIN and ABC news.