Court Analyses of the Obligation and the Challenges for Government Lawyers

The address will review recent statements by the courts about the obligations of the model litigant. It will observe the increasing tendency for parties to complain that the State is not acting as a model litigant and will scrutinise how Victorian trial and appellate courts have responded to such expressions of aggrievement. Its aim will be to formulate in a practical sense a series of forms of conduct from which Government lawyers should abstain in order to honour their obligations. In addition, it will explore the distinction between the lawyer's duty of confidentiality and the substance of client-lawyer privilege under the Evidence Act 2008, insofar as such issues pertain to Government lawyers.

Seats are strictly limited; please register by Friday 17 February 2012.

 Your Speaker: Dr Ian Freckelton, SC

Dr Freckelton is a barrister practising from Crockett Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 1988 and took Silk in 2007.  He has a mixed practice in administrative, personal injury and criminal law at trial and appellate level. He has represented many Government instrumentalities, latterly most frequently as a prosecutor or plaintiff. He has been a part-time member of nine statutory tribunals at State and Federal level and after court hours lectures for Monash University to postgraduate students as a Professor of Law, Forensic Medicine and Forensic Psychology on "Advanced Torts", "Health Law and Human Rights", and "Expert Evidence". He is the Law Institute's Principal Examiner for specialisation in Criminal Law. He is the author of many books and articles, including on disciplinary law, tribunal procedure, medical law, coronial law, causation, evidence law, tort law and mental health law. He edits the Journal of Law and Medicine and Thomson's six volume looseleaf services on Expert Evidence and on Criminal Law.

Thursday 12:30PM 23 Feb 12 2012
Light lunch - 12.30 pm; seminar - 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
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PDF icon VGSO February 2012 Seminar.pdf