A push to reinstate the title of Queen's Counsel (QC) for senior barristers in NSW has gathered momentum after the Bar Association resolved to lobby the state government over the issue.
Previously we have reported on the High Court decision in Lindsay v R  HCA 16 delivered 6 May 2015, where the High Court unanimously allowed an appeal from the Court of Criminal Appeal of the Supreme Court of South Australia, quashing the appellant's conviction for murder and ordering a new trial (see).
From the middle of 2015 onwards, the regulation of the New South Wales legal profession will be changed by the Legal Profession Uniform Law. As we have previously reported, the Uniform Law will create a common legal services market across NSW and Victoria, encompassing almost three quarters of Australia’s lawyers. The scheme aims to harmonise regulatory obligations while retaining local performance of regulatory functions.
In a new package of Bills introduced by the Commonwealth Parliament on 26 March 2015 and passed through the Senate on 14 May 2015, many functions of Norfolk Island, including their self-governance provisions, have been abolished and replaced by Federal provisions.
Federal Minister Michaelia Cash has announced that a new scheme to recognise domestic violence orders across state borders may not be fully in place until the end of next year. This comes after the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed last month that urgent action was required regarding domestic violence, including the development of a national domestic violence order scheme by the end of 2015.