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Ready for the real world?

A new research project is looking into whether Queensland law graduates and newly admitted lawyers are adequately prepared for the ‘real’ world.

In the coming weeks we will hear from two young lawyers, a magistrate and a law association president about their views on this topic.

VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING

Focus on voluntary assisted dying

With legislation to allow voluntary assisted dying (VAD) in Queensland now passed, QLS Proctor takes a closer look at the new Act with articles highlighting areas, such as insurance and superannuation, that practitioners will need to keep in mind.

QLS Proctor also republishes a special 2019 feature which discussed VAD proposals and encouraged community debate on this controversial issue.

ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day occurs on 15 June each year. This issue remains a grave concern for the community and appears to have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. QLS Proctor has assembled articles that paint a disturbing picture of the current state of elder abuse in Australia.

COVID-19 and older Australians

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, in its interim COVID-19 Report released in September 2020, highlighted that 74% of the Australians who

Community legal volunteers

Queensland has 34 not-for-profit community legal centres (CLCs) dotted across the state.

Volunteering Queensland – the state’s chief non-profit volunteer and community engagement organisation – estimates that as many as 700,000 of the state’s 5.18 million people give freely of their time each year to make an extraordinary impact on the people, communities and environments in which they live.

Many of these are lawyers.

Shaun Chng

Community legal volunteers: Shaun Chng

An act of kindness, no matter how small, is never wasted and makes a big difference to our community and the world. Volunteer work is impactful and rewarding as not only does it give you an opportunity to help someone in need, it also teaches you a lot and contributes to your personal growth as a lawyer and as a person.

Aunty Kathleen Wincen

Community legal volunteers: Aunty Kathleen Wincen

Aunty Kath provides invaluable contributions to her organisation and the entire community legal sector as a Traditional Owner, a mother, grandmother, an Aunty, a sister, a niece, a teacher, colleague, mentor, university tutor and friend.

Kate Fuller

Community legal volunteers: Kate Fuller

Having had a fulfilling career in the law, this is my way of contributing back to the community and helping to ensure that people can gain access a good lawyer and get the advice and help that they need.

YOUTH JUSTICE

The state of youth justice

In 2019, Proctor took an in-depth look at the issue of youth justice and detailed the (then) current state of affairs in youth justice and spoke to people who dealt with the issue on a daily basis. Given the current focus on the issue, QLS Proctor has re-published these articles to help inform and inspire conversation around youth justice. More articles will be added to this Spotlight series as the current debate on youth justice unfolds.

Suffer the little children

Hundreds of caged children as young as 10, sharing prison-style common areas with pedophiles, locked up for weeks in solitary confinement and wanting nothing more than to speak to their mothers.

The state of youth justice

This article, by Damien Atkinson, first appeared in the July 2019 edition of Proctor. Happy children don’t do crime. They aren’t out late, rolling people

Human Rights Act: 12 months on

On 1 January, this year, Queensland introduced ground breaking new laws to enshrine protections guaranteeing the human rights of every person. 

As the clock prepares to ring in the first anniversary of Queensland’s Human Rights Act, QLS and Caxton Legal have collaborated to produce the series of articles and perspectives documenting the long-road to the legislation, its application so far, as well as the impact the laws may have on Queenslanders in the short and long term.

Domestic and Family Violence

Queensland Law Society supports government and community efforts to fight domestic and family violence, with a focus on ensuring that lawyers are properly equipped to deal with the legal response to domestic and family violence.

Coercive control: Can the law fix this?

A complex and delicate debate has begun between advocates, legal practitioners and criminologists. Should ‘coercive control’ be criminalised to protect victims of DFV?

Domestic and family violence – Gracie’s story

Throughout Queensland, solicitors regularly spend long-hours toiling away, volunteering their time free-of-charge to assist significantly under-funded community legal centres to provide fair and equal access to justice to the community’s most vulnerable people.

Queensland Coronial Legal Service

Demand for the services Queensland Coronial Legal Service provides is set to increase as Queensland’s population grows.

QLD STATE ELECTION 2020

Call to Parties

QLS has called on the state’s political parties to consider and respond to priority issues in its 2020 Call to Parties Statement. Read more about important legal issues for the election here!  

FUTURE LEADERS COMMITTEE

Shape the future

Help us shape the future of the Queensland legal profession. The Future Leaders Committee (FLC) is a platform for next generation lawyers to launch their dreams, ideas and thinking for our profession. Read more about the opportunity to lead the profession into the future.

Future leaders needed!

There has probably never been a time the legal profession needed its future leaders more than now. But, why?

COVID-19

The road out

COVID-19 has caused many changes and disruption to our lives. As we still grapple with the new normal, read here about the legacy COVID-19 has left on the way we live and work and what this means for the legal profession.

Electronic documents

COVID-19 makes documents electronic

Of all the emergency measures implemented to meet COVID-19, one of the most anticipated by the Queensland legal profession was the regulation to alter the law relating to the execution of documents.

Digital Mediator

The digital mediator

For mediators, it has created an immediate need to become familiar with the available videoconferencing platforms and to quickly become adept at using them.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Have your say today

The QLS Access to Justice survey is now open. But what is Access to Justice and why is it important? Read here about why practitioners are passionate about Access to Justice and the value of having your say to help improve this area of law.

diversity and inclusion

We’ve come so far – but it’s clear that more needs to be done to build a genuinely diverse and inclusive profession

The language of ability

I am not totally blind, I am legally blind. There is a difference.
The definitive classification is having a visual acuity of 6/60.

Unconscious bias

Much time, energy and attention have been directed at diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession in recent years.

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Still looking for true acknowledgement

The law and the frameworks of policing, justice and public service fail to understand and appropriately accommodate authentic First Nations realities. These frameworks create untold damage every day which remains unaddressed.

May 2020

Creating your new normal

Just like that our world changed. And while we weren’t ready for it, we do need to be ready for the new normal by refining and adapting our practice and procedures. Here are some perspectives, guidance and information to assist you.

Practice management for video conferencing

We are now relying on phone and videoconferencing facilities. It might seem easy enough to simply subscribe to an online videoconferencing provider – but have you considered the need for staff training to highlight security features and concerns of your chosen videoconferencing platform?

Work remotely, stay productive

Working remotely for an extended period can present new challenges, especially for parents when schools are closed. So, how can you stay productive while working from home?

Keeping yourself in good company

Showing kindness to ourselves, practising radical acceptance of who we are and taking care of our emotional, mental and spiritual needs are not things that are taught to us much, if at all.

April 2020

On parole

Granting of parole – or early release – is a controversial topic that always generates heated debate. Is early release of prisoners back into the community just a revolving door of justice or is the purpose of parole misunderstood?

First Nations solutions address a shameful crisis

It is one of the most heartbreaking and shocking statistics for any Australian state or territory, but the over-representation of First Nations people in our jails is both a tragedy and ongoing human rights crisis.

No body, no parole

For obvious reasons, the implementation of these newly minted laws fell into the remit of the reconstituted

Doing time beyond the crime

Queensland taxpayers are slugged an average $293 a day to house, feed, clothe and care for each and every person held in detention.

September/October 2019

Innovation

Queensland’s legal profession has been disrupted by a number of factors including technology, innovative ways of providing legal services, oversupply of graduates and undersupply of experienced lawyers, and the rise of legal operations providers. How can the profession embrace innovation in law and respond to a world accustomed to digital engagement and on-demand solutions?

Meeting regulatory demands

Challenges for the legal function “The inability or reluctance of a lawyer to use common technologies should not occasion additional costs for other parties” –

The legal supply chain and the future of lawyers

There are six broad entities involved in the delivery of commercial legal services in the modern era. Collectively, we can think of these six entities, the value they each add and their interrelationships as the ‘legal supply chain’.

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