In 2017, we identified Keeping Women Out of the Justice System (KWOJS) as a priority funding theme. We allocated almost $2 million to three innovative projects which aimed to reduce women’s encounters with the justice system, their incarceration and recidivism rates, the factors driving growth in the female prison population, and (more…)
RPA News is a blog published by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner. It is used to inform the lawyers and the public about the following:
- changes to the regulatory regime, including legislation and regulations
- disciplinary decisions handed down by VCAT or the courts
- special events and public announcements
- new resources available on this website, and
- any other information we believe is relevant to lawyers and the public.
Please note: blog entries discussing disciplinary action are published by the Commissioner in line with the Commissioner’s long-standing objective to educate the legal profession. By publicising disciplinary outcomes, the Commissioner intends for lawyers to compare their conduct and business practices with those highlighted by VCAT and the courts. This will in turn assist lawyers to comply with the requirements of the Legal Profession Uniform Law and the expectations of consumers and the wider legal profession.
Submission to the Review of the InterGovernmental Agreement for an Electronic Conveyancing National Law May 13, 2019
The Board and Commissioner have made a submission to the Issues paper for the Review of the InterGovernmetnal Agreement for an Electronic Conveyancing National Law.
The submission can be downloaded here (348KB PDF).
The Board and Commissioner have made a submissions to the Council of Attorneys-General’s Review of Model Defamation Provisions discussion paper.
The submission can be downloaded here (143KB PDF).
A new report on the Cross-Site Evaluation of Health Justice Partnerships (HJPs) Between Three Metropolitan Melbourne Hospitals with Inner Melbourne Community Legal, Partners In Care: The Benefits of Community Lawyers Working In A Hospital Setting, is now available. (more…)
It is now time to apply to renew your practising certificate if you intend to continue to engage in legal practice in Victoria from 1 July 2019.
If you hold a current practising certificate, look for the email from the Victorian Legal Services Board dated 18 March 2019, providing directions for how to apply to renew your practising certificate. Please read this email carefully.
The deadline for applying to renew your practising certificate is 30 April 2019. Applications made after this date will be subject to a late application surcharge. Please apply to renew as soon as possible, as all current practising certificates will expire on 1 July 2019.
You can log in to LSB Online using your Practitioner Number, which was included in the Board’s email to you. To make applications easier, LSB Online can now be accessed and applications completed using your mobile device.
Visit the Board’s website for assistance with completing your renewal.
In 2019 the Board and Commissioner are embarking on a long-term program focussing on addressing sexual harassment within the legal profession.
Research done by the Australian Human Rights Commission shows that one in five Australians were sexually harassed in the workplace in the past 12 months. We know the legal profession is not immune to such behaviour. (more…)
Discuss your ideas with the Grants Program before submitting your application by Friday 1 March 2019. (more…)
RPA News #49, issued December 2018 has been issued. This edition introduces two resources which are aimed at helping make life easier for lawyers:
- the short form costs disclosure for lawyers to use for legal matters which are unlikely to exceed $3,000 (before GST and disbursements); and
- the practice contingency planning policy.
for further information, download the latest bulletin (754KB PDF)
If you are a sole practitioner or sole director of an ILP, the Board’s Practice Contingency Planning Policy is something you should be aware of.
The Board has developed the policy to help you as a sole practitioner or sole legal director of an ILP to manage your law practice’s affairs in the event you are unable to work for an extended period of time.
The policy was developed specifically to encourage (more…)
The Victorian Legal Services Board has launched its 2019 Grants Program funding round.
The Board’s priority theme for 2019 will be ‘Designing Justice Differently: Using Human-Centred Design and Technology’. The theme aims to stimulate new ways of thinking to achieve change in some of the seemingly intractable legal and social problems that face society and the legal sector. (more…)
The Victorian Legal Services Board cordially invites you to the launch of the 2019 Designing Justice Differently Grant Round Guidelines.
You will learn details of the 2019 grants round priority theme of ‘improving access to justice through human-centred design and technology’. This event will include (more…)
The Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner wants to make your life easier when it comes to your professional registration, finding the information you need and doing things online, but we can’t do it without you!
We would like to invite you to join us for a breakfast workshop on (more…)
Experienced lawyer reprimanded for failing to read Court Orders and breaching Undertaking October 24, 2018
A Benalla solicitor who paid trust account money to his client in breach of Court orders has been reprimanded by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner told VCAT that in 2015 Mr David Joseph represented a client in a family law matter in the Federal Circuit Court. During the proceedings the Court ordered (more…)
The Legal Services Council have released a standard costs disclosure form. This form can be used by lawyers and law practices for any legal matter where the total costs are between $750 and $3,000.
The form can be downloaded from the following link: Standard costs disclosure form for clients (44KB DOCX).
The Legal Services Council seeking public comment on a draft Uniform General Rule to introduce indexation to consumer matters involving legal costs (see s 471 of the Uniform Law).
Since the Uniform Law commenced on 1 July 2015, there have been no Uniform Rules relating to indexation. Consumer matters involving costs therefore do not (more…)
The International Bar Association (IBA) is conducting a global survey of legal practitioners in a bid to better understand the nature and prevalence of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession.
RPA News bulletin #46 is available for download (706KB PDF). This edition relates to solicitors applying for a grant of a Principal practising certificate for the first time, or applying to vary to an existing practising certificate to become a Principal practising certificate. It outlines the requirements (more…)
The Legal Services Council has formally made the rule, Legal Profession Uniform General Amendment (External Examiners) Rule 2018:
A quiet revolution is taking place across Australia that is transforming the way (more…)
A Latrobe University research project, funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program in 2011, has formed the foundations of (more…)