We are delighted to invite you to this year's Annual General Meeting.
It will be held on Thursday 29 August 2019 between 5:00pm and 6:00pm at the NSW Law Society (170 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000). Attendance is free for the meeting. RSVP is not required if you are only attending the meeting.
Dinner will be held at the Palace Chinese Restaurant (Shop 38 Level 1, Piccadilly Tower, 133 - 145 Castlereagh Street Sydney) between 6:00pm and 9:00pm.
Dinner will cost $60 for everyone.
You do not need to RSVP if you wish to attend the meeting without the dinner.
Guest Speaker - Hon Greg James AM QC
Greg James is a former judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Admitted as a barrister in 1972, at age 38 in 1982, he was one of the youngest Queen's Counsel ever appointed in New South Wales.
He was a founding member of Barristers Services Co-operative Limited, which founded Frederick Jordan Chambers, the largest single group of barristers in New South Wales in 1972.
He was appointed as a Commissioner for the NSW Law Reform Commission from 1985 to 1989 and again since 1999. He was appointed Counsel for Veterans during the Royal Commission into British nuclear tests in Australia from 1984-1985. In 1988 he was appointed as an Associate Judge of the District Court of New South Wales, serving in this role until 1990.
In 1989 he, along with a number of other barristers, founded Forbes Chambers at 185 Elizabeth St, Sydney creating a specialist criminal chambers with no traditional head of chambers hierarchy.
He was asked and accepted the role of prosecutor for the first Australian War crimes prosecution during the period 1990 to 1994 and led the prosecution during the trial of Ivan Polyukovich for the 1942 murder of 850 Jews in the Ukraine.
In 1998 he was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, holding that position until his retirement in 2005. Upon his retirement he was appointed Royal Commissioner for the Kapunda Road Royal Commission. Upon the completion of the Royal Commission, he was invited by the RAMSI mission to Solomon Islands to contribute to the ongoing education of Judges and Magistrates in Solomon Islands. Upon his return from Solomon Islands he was asked to assist with the reform of Mental Health Law and Processes in New South Wales and reform the state's criminal law with respect to persons with a mental illness. He was also appointed the President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal of New South Wales, he stepped down from that position in 2012 in order to return to the Bar.
He has been a Chair on the Law Advisory Committee at Southern Cross University since 2007, teaching Advocacy at the Southern Cross University's Summer School for more than 10 years. He is an Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University and was awarded a Doctorate of Laws (Honorius Causa) of that University in 2012, and chairs the Curriculum Committee for the Law School at the University of Western Sydney. He has been the Honorary Legal Counsel of Scouts New South Wales for over 10 years.
Seminar - Early Appropriate Guilty Plea and Mediation in Criminal Proceedings
Committals have been abolished and compulsory case conferencing in indictable criminal matters are now introduced. This involves early appropriate guilty plea negotiations as to charges and facts which implicates any utilitarian discount. But so far, there is no provision to assist in the appropriate resolution of differences using the skills of those used in mediation in other areas of litigation or disputes. Canada has provided training for judicial officers to mediate case settlements in criminal matters. There is real move for mediation now here too.
If you are experiencing technical difficulties in paying for the dinner, please pay via direct transfer to the following bank account:
BSB: 06 2021
Acct No: 1060 6359
Reference: [YOUR NAME] AGM2019