Early Neutral Evaluation

Chief Magistrates' Direction No 4 of 2010 was published this week.It introduces a pilot ADR programme to run at Melbourne Magistrates' Court from the start of next month. It's exclusively for civil claims. The findings of the magistrate who presides over the hearing will not be binding on the parties. The name that has been …

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Slaveski v Victoria: police powers

The marathon case of Slaveski v Victoria [2010] VSC 441 ran for several months longer than planned, and covered a lot of ground over 115 days.Mr Slaveski was originally self-represented, and then represented by his wife who was appointed as a litigation guardian. Self-represented litigants (and other lay people) present particular problems for courts balancing …

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Privilege and self-incrimination

The Judicial College of Victoria added commentary regarding the law of privilege to its Uniform Evidence Manual yesterday. It discusses Divisions 1 -4 of Part 3.10 of the Evidence Act 2008.All practitioners in the summary jurisdiction (and elsewhere) need to become familiar with the operation of immunity certificates under s 128, a major change from …

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