Proctor : May 2018
28 PROCTOR | May 2018 BRISBANE | TOOWOOMBA | GOLD COAST | SUNSHINE COAST | MACKAY | TOWNSVILLE | CAIRNS Join colleagues from across the profession on Tuesday 15 May 2018 to fundraise for LawRight and celebrate the pro bono effort in Queensland. Register now at www.qldlegalwalk.org.au The Queensland Law Society is a proud sponsor of the Push for progress: Celebrating 40 years of WLAQ with Supreme Court Librarian David Bratchford sclqld.org.au/legalheritage wlaq.com.au Supreme Court Library Queensland and the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc. (WLAQ) have partnered to commemorate the 40th anniversary of WLAQ, which was established in 1978 by eight leading female legal practitioners. We are proud to present a fascinating collection of legal heritage items, articles and profiles that celebrate the women who pioneered many ‘firsts’ in Queensland’s legal history. Open until June 2018 Free entry Supreme Court Library Queensland Level 12, QEII Courts of Law Weekdays 8.30am-4.30pm Highlights • overview of the Legal Practitioners Act 1905 (Qld), which allowed women to be admitted as solicitors and barristers for the first time in Queensland • profiles of Queensland’s first female solicitor, barrister, magistrate, law graduate, Indigenous judicial officer, President of the Court of Appeal, Queen’s counsel, Supreme Court judge and Chief Justice • legal heritage items from the library collection and on loan from WLAQ about women and the law, including: • admission rolls • photographs • newspaper articles • admission certificates • judges’ oaths of office • current statistics on the representation of women at the Bar and on the Bench • recommended reading about female lawyers and leaders in the profession, selected from the library’s monographs collection. Your library 2018 Supreme Court of Queensland Oration Criticism of the courts and judges: informed criticism and otherwise Presented by Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li GBM, Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal The freedom of speech and of the press are proven precious rights, not only in Hong Kong but throughout common law jurisdictions. No institution, especially public ones, should be exempt from either adverse comment or criticism. However, there has been a noticeable trend that criticism of the work of the courts and of judges has become much less restrained than before, even sometimes to the point of being personal and at times abusive. Ought we be able to brush such criticisms aside or can more be done to enable criticisms to be based on commentators being better informed? What does ‘being better informed’ actually mean? Monday 21 May, 5.15 for 5.30pm Banco Court, Level 3, QEII Courts of Law Visit sclqld.org.au/oration to register.