You're Invited: Easter Breakfast!

ALLA(WA) warmly invites members to our Easter breakfast, to eat, drink and catch up with colleagues (or meet new ones).










When: 7.30am Wednesday 5th April

Where: The George. 216 St Georges Terrace, Perth

RSVP: Luise Crisafulli (lcrisafulli@chambers.francisburt.com.au) by Monday 3rd April.
 

Menu details are available from the venue website.

Separate billing will be available on the day and cash payment is preferred by the venue.

Next ALLA Tweet-up

Tweet time! Talk careers & career development at tomorrow's ALLA Tweetup @ 7.30pm ADST. Details here.
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Reminder: ALLA (WA) CPD: Employment Law Fundamentals


All are welcome to an ALLA(WA) CPD session on the laws of employment in Australia.

Presented by Shannon Walker, Senior Associate at Jackson McDonald, the presentation will discuss the obligations of employer in the Australian employment systems.

A Light Lunch will be served.

When: 1-2pm Wednesday 22 March 2017
Where: Jackson McDonald, Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Non-members $20 (cash on day) Members free
RSVP by Friday 17 March to Stephen Griffiths stephen.griffiths@gmail.com


Spaces are limited.

Library Leadership: A Celebration



May 19, 2017 - State Library of Western Australia

Save the Date
A chance for the whole WA library sector to get together, discuss and explore what we have in common and how we can all positively influence our changing profession. Two pre-eminent leaders in their fields will be helping us to get the discussion going.


Organised as a joint project by representatives from LIS within WA, including ALLA (WA), with special thanks to the State Library of Western Australia and Kerry Smith.

More information will be available very soon.


ALLA (WA) CPD: Employment Law Fundamentals


All are welcome to an ALLA(WA) CPD session on the laws of employment in Australia.

Presented by Shannon Walker, Senior Associate at Jackson McDonald, the presentation will discuss the obligations of employer in the Australian employment systems.

A Light Lunch will be served.

When: 1-2pm Wednesday 22 March 2017
Where: Jackson McDonald, Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Non-members $20 (cash on day) Members free
RSVP by Friday 17 March to Stephen Griffiths stephen.griffiths@gmail.com


Spaces are limited.

Federal Court list of authorities practice note - an update

There was an update to the Federal Court of Australia "Lists of Authorities and Citations Practice Note (GPN-AUTH)" on February 15th. http://www.fedcourt.gov.au/law-and-practice/practice-documents/practice-notes/gpn-auth

Update: Hyperlinks to case citations in Lists of Authorities


As part of its consultation and feedback process, the Court has received a number of enquiries principally concerning paragraphs 2.2 of the Lists of Authorities and Citations Practice Note (GPN-AUTH) which was issued on 25 October 2016. These enquiries relate to (1) the requirement to hyperlink cases and (2) how to best hyperlink cases.

The intention of the hyperlink requirement was to utilise the List of Authorities to facilitate the accessing of authorities electronically. Some parties do not have easy access to reported versions of cases (that are accessible through subscription-only databases). Practitioners have also raised queries about whether the Court will be able to access hyperlinks to cases from specific subscription-only databases.

New arrangements:


Although the Court's 12-month review period for feedback has not concluded (and will conclude in October 2017), given the queries about the hyperlink requirement, parties and practitioners are advised of the following new arrangements:

  1. The Court does not require the List of Authorities to be hyperlinked but it remains as an option for parties to adopt if they consider it to be helpful, efficient and cost effective to do so; and
  2.  If a party chooses to include hyperlinks in the List of Authorities, any hyperlink made from a subscriber of a subscription-only database is able to be accessed by another subscriber of the same database. Parties should not be concerned that the Court is unable to access such links.

Following the conclusion of the 12-month review period relevant to the general practice notes, the Court will consider making formal amendments to GPN-AUTH, including amendments giving effect to the new arrangements described above.


Queries regarding any of the Court's practice notes can be made by email to: practice.notes@fedcourt.gov.au.

ALLA(WA) Presidents Corner - Vol. 1 Issue 3

Hi ALLA(WA) Members
Natalie McDonald
Natalie McDonald, ALLA (WA) President
Please see below for an update on the services and events of the ALLA(WA).

Upcoming ALLA(WA) PD & Social Events
The End of Year Celebration was held on Wednesday, 30 November 2016.  LexisNexis kindly offered their venue for the night where members enjoyed a selection of canap├ęs and wine whilst they toasted the end of year with colleagues.

A brown bag CPD session was held on 14th February 2017 where the membership gathered to discuss negotiations with publishers on subscription renewals.  The session stipulated no publishers.  The session was well attended and discussions very informative.  Members who attended received notes from the session.

An Employment Law Fundamentals is planned for March.

MOU Update
On Wednesday 30th November 2016, the same date as the End of Year Celebration, the ALLA(WA) membership held a vote to sign the proposed new MOU with ALLA Ltd.  The vote was carried in the affirmative.

WA Unreported Judgments
AustLII have made available the WA unreported judgments on their website, however there were formatting issues with the judgments (for example including the Library number in the title of the judgment).  After several communications with Chris Kenwood and Philip Chong from AustLII, we have agreed on a model which they will work towards.  The ALLA(WA) would like to take this opportunity to thank AustLII for hosting the judgments and working with us to resolve our concerns.  Judgments can be found here.

Procedural
With the vote being carried to sign the proposed new MOU, The Compliance & Regulatory Sub Committee have been busily updating the ALLA(WA) Constitution and the Policies and Register of Decisions.  These documents are in the draft stages and it is anticipated by the March/April meeting the documents will be finalised.  These documents will be shared with members and made available electronically.

WA Reprint discussion paper released
The Department of the Attorney General (WA) released a discussion paper focused on enhancing reprint powers under the Reprints Act 1984 (WA).  One of the proposals involved giving WA legislation compilations prepared by the  Parliamentary Counsel’s Office (PCO) in electronic form the same status that statutory reprints in printed form now have.  Submissions closed 27 January 2017.   We will be monitoring the outcome for our members.

 Law Library Catalogue
The Department of the Attorney General has updated their website so that it now includes the library catalogue of the Law Library at the David Malcolm Justice Centre. You can access the library catalogue here.

AMPLA
The Committee have received feedback from members around accessing AMPLA journals and yearbook.   Confirmation received from AMPLA is they have moved to a new format where their publications are now online.   There will be different subscription models available for Libraries, such as archives and single year AREL journals and yearbooks.  Unfortunately AMPLA are having a few setup and platform issues that will need to be finalise before they launch it on their website. At this point, they are unable to give us a timeframe.

Social Media
Social media statistics continue to climb with 91 followers on Twitter and 21 likes on our FaceBook page.  In the last month we have had 911 page views of our Blog with 10 followers.

Union list : Law Library Serial Holdings in WA
Progress is continuing on updating the Union List.  Members were invited to suggest a new name for the Union List and it was decided upon ‘The WALL’ (The WA Law Libraries).  FIRST Software Solutions are sponsoring the project.

If you have any suggestions for CPD topics or general feedback, please email us at allawaexec@gmail.com.

Natalie McDonald

2016/2017 ALLA(WA) President

Email: natalie.mcdonald@lavan.com.au