Direct cross-examination in family law matters

Direct cross-examination in family law matters
Tania Wenn, Barrister and Solicitor

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019
Time: 5.30pm for drinks and light canapes
6.00pm for presentation
Venue: Mercure Hotel Perth, 10 Irwin Street, Perth WA 6000

 Price: Students (full time, unsalaried only) – $20
ANZAPPL Members – $25
Non-members – $35

Please RSVP by Sunday 29 September.
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Some perpetrators of family violence have used cross-examination of their former partners as a method of continuing control.  Most often the perpetrators are male and the women in this context suffer further trauma, not only because of the court process and the uncertain nature of the outcomes but by having to repeat their stories, relive the abuse suffered by themselves and/or their children while being cross examined directly by the perpetrator.

This seminar will discuss the legislative changes to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 and its overall purpose, especially in terms of preventing personal cross-examination and ensuring the protection of victims of family violence.

Ms Wenn will discuss the background to these changes, the impact the changes will have on all parties as well as some of the challenges and difficulties in this highly complex and emotional setting.

Tania Wenn is a Barrister and Solicitor, and Principal of Wenn Law Barristers and Solicitors.  Tania commenced her law degree as a mature age student and was the first person from the inaugural Law degree from Edith Cowan University to be admitted as a certified Practicing Lawyer by the Supreme Court.  She is a passionate advocate in the Family Court system.

Intimate Image Abuse

Date: Wednesday 28 August 2019
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm, presentation to commence at 6.00pm
Venue: Mercure Hotel Perth, 10 Irwin Street, Perth WA 6000
Price: Students (full-time, unsalaried only) – $20
ANZAPPL Members – $25
Non-members – $35

Price includes a drink on arrival and light canapés prior to the presentation.

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Please RSVP by Sunday 25 August

Intimate Image Abuse

Kati Kraszlan, Acting Commissioner for Victims

The introduction of Intimate Image Abuse legislation was an election commitment of the McGowan Government. In 2018 the office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime worked with the Attorney General to introduce the legislation around Intimate Image Abuse. The presentation will focus on:

  • The national framework regarding Intimate Image Abuse;
  • The current research in regards to the extent, prevalence and impact of Intimate Image Abuse;
  • The role of the E-safety Commissioner; and
  • The limitations of the legislation.

Kati Kraszlan is currently the Acting Commissioner for Victims in Western Australia. She commenced in the position in October 2017. The Commissioner advocates to Government for ongoing improvement in victim of crime legislation, policies and services in Western Australia. Priorto this position Kati had an extensive career in the Justice and Community sectors working across various research and policy positions. She has worked in the office of Inspector of Custodial Services and was also responsible for developing the award-winning West Kimberley Regional Prison, the first purpose-built prison for Aboriginal People in Australia. Kati returned to the public sector in 2016 after being employed by BHP Billiton in the area of Community Development.

Locking up our oldies: who agreed to that? Legal issues on consent in aged care

Date: Wednesday 31 July 2019
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm, presentation to commence at 6.00pm sharp.
Venue: Mercure Hotel Perth, 10 Irwin Street, Perth WA 6000
Price: Students (full time, unsalaried only) – $20
ANZAPPL Members – $25
Non-members – $35

A drink on arrival and light canapés will be provided prior to the presentation

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Please RSVP by Sunday 28 July

Locking up our oldies: who agreed to that? Legal issues on consent in aged care

Dr Neville Hills

I was born in Perth and have worked in forensic and old age psychiatry posts in WA and England. As the last psychiatrist-superintendent of Swanbourne Hospital I was closely involved with its transformation into a range of alternative facilities. Retiring from full-time work in 1999 I was a member of the Mental Health Review Board for five years. At the UWA Law School I completed a PhD in 2017 which examined issues of detention and human rights of older people in mental health and aged care facilities.

Restriction of personal liberty to choose where to live, and who to associate with, is usually only permitted under criminal law, following legal processes. Mental health legislation also permits restraints on freedom of individuals, subject to legal oversight of the process.

Admission into an aged care facility may restrict a person’s liberty, if placed in a locked area which they cannot leave without staff assistance. Laws regulating these procedures should be fair, open to scrutiny, and meet international standards of law and good practice.

Informal detention in aged care has received substantial examination overseas and in other states of Australia. In WA, authorities up to now have shown limited interest in the ethical and human rights aspects. The ‘Bournewood’ case in England provoked extensive attention and litigation, but the lessons derived have received little attention in WA. The fact that mental health care and legislation is a State responsibility, while aged care is under Commonwealth government control, creates a gap in ownership of this problem.

English reports indicate serious problems with the costly and burdensome legislation adopted there. My thesis concluded with suggested measures which may assist in remedying some of the defects in current law and practice, while avoiding unduly complex and ineffective legislation.

The National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

The National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Associate Professor Robert Guthrie

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019
Time: 5.00pm for drinks and light canapes
5.30pm for the presentation
Venue: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street Perth 6000

Following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the Federal Government has legislated to create a National Redress Scheme (NRS) commencing operation in the latter half of 2018. In Western Australia complimentary legislation was passed in the latter half of 2018 with effect from January 2019. This seminar will consider who is covered by the NRS, the procedures for applying, the expected compensation/redress and who is excluded from the scheme. In addition, some constitutional legal issues to be addressed by Federal, State and Territory governments will be discussed. It will also consider the interrelationship between the NRS and the WA criminal injuries compensation system.

Robert Guthrie is Adjunct Professor at the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University in Perth Western Australia. He was admitted to practice as Barrister and Solicitor in 1982. He was later Head of School of Business Law at Curtin University. He was sworn in as an Assessor for Criminal Injuries Compensation in WA in 2010.