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Have you registered with the library for e-book access yet?

The Law Society of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Law Library, are very pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of the Westlaw AU Practitioner Platform together with a new library management system, which will increase discovery of a wide range of legal resources.  The launch date is set for Monday 2 March 2020

What content will be available on Westlaw AU?

The following titles are included on our new practitioner platform.

Australian Commercial Precedents series.
Online modules focussing on key areas of commercial law.

FirstPoint
A combination of the Australian Digest and Australian Case Citator.  FirstPoint provides access to case references, citation, history, and digest information for Australian cases since 1825.

Laws of Australia
The Laws of Australia is an encyclopaedic reference tool covering all major areas of the law. It provides both an overview of relevant legal principles, and detailed commentary backed up by reference to cases and legislation. It covers over 320 specific topics across 36 broad subject areas.

Tasmanian Reports
This series represents the authorised reports and decisions of the Supreme Court of Tasmania published on behalf of the Council of Law Reporting of Tasmania. It includes important decisions both at first instance and on appeal. Comprehensive headnotes and detailed catchwords accompany the full text of the judgments. It includes PDF versions of each case and includes content from 1992 +

Unreported Judgments
Fast and efficient access to the latest unreported judgments from around Australia, including the High Court, Federal Court, State Supreme Courts and other selected jurisdictions.

How do you register?

Complete the “Law Library Registration Form” on the Tasmanian Law Library website to initiate the process. Access is limited to those members who have paid the library subscription as prescribed by the Law Society of Tasmania. The library will provide you with further information relating to passwords and access following the launch date.

https://www.lawlibrary.tas.gov.au/forms

What training will be available?

The Library will be offering a variety of training sessions to practitioners. Face to face sessions will be offered in Hobart initially, but online webinars will be arranged in due course for practitioners in the North and North-West of the State.  A range of guides and online videos will be available from the website to assist. Details on these sessions will be available on the library website by Friday 28 February and in the Law Society update next week.

Contact the library if you have any queries, and watch this space for further exciting news!

Ph:                         6165 7412

Email:                    Library@justice.tas.gov.au

Deb Bowring
Manager

Meditation for the Legal Professional

The Law Society of Tasmania is joining with South Hobart Yoga and Meditation Centre to bring members bite-sized low impact (no sweat!) lunch-time meditation sessions. These will help you take charge of yourself, to reduce the impact of stress on your body and mind, learn relaxation techniques, and find ways to live in the present.

In these half hour sessions, access a part of you that is often lost in the turbulence of daily life and become mentally clearer, calmer and more balanced.

The Law Society of Tasmania has currently opened 6 half hour sessions that run through March and April 2020. The sessions are $5 each so why not book a few and reap the benefits of some regular meditation time-out.  Register here.

This is a seated (on a chair) meditation, classroom style in the Law Society’s downstairs training room at 28 Murray Street. No change of clothing is required. The sessions are suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

This class is being trialled for 6 weeks in Hobart, expressions of interest for classes in the North and North West are welcome shelley.harwood@lst.org.au.

Family Law (Priority Property Pools under $500,000) Financial Cases pilot

From 1 March 2020, the Federal Circuit Court will commence a pilot for family law applications filed in Brisbane, Parramatta, Adelaide and Melbourne that meet the definition of a Priority Property Pool under $500,000 (PPP500) case. The pilot will run for two years.

The aim of the pilot is to trial an improved response to achieving just, efficient and timely resolution of PPP500 cases at a cost that is reasonable and proportionate to the circumstances of the case.

For more information, see the following documents:

Contact for further enquiries is Lisa O’Neil, Family Law Registrar Practice and Procedure.

Legal Aid Commission Of Tasmania Strategic Planning 2020

Invitation For Written Submissions

Legal Aid is developing a new Strategic Plan to guide our organisation for the next three years.

We are consulting widely with key partners across Tasmania – staff, clients, legal and non-legal partners and others across the justice system.

Legal Aid acknowledges the important role of private practitioners in delivering legal assistance. As a key partner, we are keen to hear your thoughts on how Legal Aid can maintain and improve our delivery of legal services to disadvantaged Tasmanians in the challenging context of growing demands and budgetary constraints.

Private practitioners from across the State are invited to make a written submission to our planning process.

For more information: https://www.legalaid.tas.gov.au/uncategorized/legal-aid-commission-of-tasmania-strategic-planning/

Business Tasmania’s Events

Business Tasmania are partnering with the ATO to run a range of events aimed at small businesses. They include:


Starting a small business – George Town 12 February

Are you thinking of starting a small business? Maybe you have a hobby that is becoming a business? Business Tasmania are pleased to present this starting a small business session, in partnership with Australian Taxation Office.

We will cover:

  • the difference between a hobby and a business
  • the most common business structures
  • the registrations you may need to be in business
  • the free support Business Tasmania offers

Register here www.bit.ly/sbg20 or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026  

This is a link to the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/119142186013211/


Starting a small business –  Scottsdale 13 February

Are you thinking of starting a small business? Maybe you have a hobby that is becoming a business? Business Tasmania are pleased to present this starting a small business session, in partnership with Australian Taxation Office.

We will cover:

  • the difference between a hobby and a business
  • the most common business structures
  • the registrations you may need to be in business
  • the free support Business Tasmania offers

Register here www.bit.ly/sbizs20  or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026  

This is a link to the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/131454924596471/


Planning your regular financial commitments – Burnie 17 February

Would you like to learn a straightforward five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments?  Business Tasmania in partnership with Australian Taxation Office will help you identify what your business’ financial responsibilities are, as well as practical help to plan for and meet your future commitments.

You will also find out about the range of free support Business Tasmania offers.

Register here www.bit.ly/rfcb20 or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026  

This is a link to the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/157470435554652/


Planning your regular financial commitments – Launceston 18 February

Would you like to learn a straightforward five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments?  Business Tasmania in partnership with Australian Taxation Office will help you identify what your business’ financial responsibilities are, as well as practical help to plan for and meet your future commitments.

You will also find out about the range of free support Business Tasmania offers.

Register here www.bit.ly/rfcl2020  or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026  

This is a link to the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/200380084429167/


Planning your regular financial commitments – Hobart 19 February

Would you like to learn a straightforward five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments?  Business Tasmania in partnership with Australian Taxation Office will help you identify what your business’ financial responsibilities are, as well as practical help to plan for and meet your future commitments.

You will also find out about the range of free support Business Tasmania offers.

Register here www.bit.ly/rfch2020 or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026  

This is a link to the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2961499790548082/


Planning your regular financial commitments – Sorell 20 February

Would you like to learn a straightforward five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments?  Business Tasmania in partnership with Australian Taxation Office will help you identify what your business’ financial responsibilities are, as well as practical help to plan for and meet your future commitments.

You will also find out about the range of free support Business Tasmania offers.

Register here www.bit.ly/rfcs20   or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026

This is a link to the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1077708279235879/


Employer Essentials – Huonville 26 February

Are you a small business with employees, or are you thinking of employing workers?  Business Tasmania in partnership with Australian Taxation Office are pleased to present this session to help you understand your tax and super obligations.

You will also find out about the range of free support Business Tasmania offers.

Register here  www.bit.ly/esh2020   or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026  

This is a link to the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/469545013929869/


Introduction to Business Records – Rosny Park 27 February

Are you starting a new small business? Business Tasmania are pleased to present an Introduction to Business Records session, in partnership with Australian Taxation Office. We will cover what business records you need to keep and tools to help you manage them.

You will also find out about the range of free support Business Tasmania offers.

Register here www.bit.ly/ibrr2020    or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026  

This is a link to the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/486534562239358/

Joint Practice Direction 1 of 2020 – Core Principles in the Case Management of Family Law Matters

Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Following extensive consultation, the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has issued a practice direction containing a statement of 10 core principles to guide the exercise of the family law jurisdiction in both courts.

This is the first step in harmonising the practices between the two courts in family law and developing a consistent approach to case management.

The Family Law Property Mediation Trial – Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania

The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania is running a two-year Mediation Trial that will assist up to 50 separating couples divide property or debt.

The Mediation Trial targets couples with a net property pool of up to $500,000, excluding superannuation. It is for people who can’t afford a lawyer to help them with their property settlement.

Legal Aid may be granted to lawyers to represent clients and support them through the property mediation process. If agreement cannot be reached, lawyers will advise clients about their options and may apply for aid for court.

Most people wanting to participate in the Mediation Trial will be referred to private lawyers who do legal aid work.

Lawyers interested in accepting referrals for the Mediation Trial are requested to register their interest by emailing anthea.demden@legalaid.tas.gov.au.

The Mediation Trial has its own eligibility criteria and different income and assets tests. The Guidelines and the Work Items and Fee Schedule are available on the Legal Aid website.

Lawyers can apply for aid for a Mediation Trial through Legal Aid’s e-lodge system. A Mediation Trial Checklist also needs to be completed and sent to
grants.officer@legalaid.tas.gov.au. See Mediation Trial Checklist.

For more details see the guide for lawyers, which can be found on our website.

Queries about the Mediation Trial can be directed to Anthea d’Emden at
anthea.demden@legalaid.tas.gov.au.

High Court Amendment (Electronic Filing and Others Matters) Rules 2019

The High Court Amendment (Electronic Filing and Other Matters) Rules 2019 were registered on 20 December 2020 and are available at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L01677

Explanatory Statement

The Amendment Rules amend the High Court Rules 2004 to make provision for the electronic lodgment of documents in cases started on or after 1 January 2020.

The Amendment Rules also increase by 2.1% the amounts allowed in Schedule 2 of the Rules on the taxation of a bill of costs.  The 2.1% increase will apply in respect of all work done and services performed by solicitors after 31 December 2019.

High Court of Australia Digital Lodgment System Portal

In January 2020 the High Court of Australia will introduce a Digital Lodgment System Portal (DLS Portal) to permit parties to start cases, file documents, pay fees, receive notifications from the Court and track the progress of a case without attending the Registry.

The DLS Portal has been designed with the primary focus of the needs of external users of the Court’s services, as identified by external stakeholders in their responses to the Court’s review of its services conducted in late 2018.  It is expected that the DLS Portal will substantially improve access, efficiency and timeliness for the parties as well as reducing their costs of conducting litigation in the Court.  Members of the public will also benefit from electronic access to information about cases filed and, upon payment of the prescribed fees, will be able to obtain copies of documents available for inspection.

Information about the DLS Portal, including the attached overview and an introductory video, is available on the High Court website at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/digital-lodgment-system/digital-lodgment-system-information.  Step-by-step walk through assistance will be available in the DLS Portal from January.