Legislation update 1/11/99

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Legislation update 1/11/99

HR Link 119/99 examined the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act (No.1) 1999, which enables parties to a human rights matter to now elect to access the Federal Court directly.

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Human Rights Act receives Assent

HR Link 119/99 examined the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act (No.1) 1999, which enables parties to a human rights matter to now elect to access the Federal Court directly. On 13 October 1999, the Act received assent.

Regulations prohibiting discrimination in legal profession

Made pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 1987, the Legal Profession Amendment Regulation 1999 amends the Legal  Profession Regulation 1994. The amendments are in the form of two new provisions, namely reg 69B and 69C. The new regulations commenced on 22 October 1999 and are
intended: 

  1. to prohibit unlawful discrimination under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977by legal practitioners in connection with the practice of law; and
  2. to include in the mandatory continuing legal education of legal practitioners a management course that deals with equal employment opportunity, unlawful discrimination and occupational health and safety.

The mandatory CLE courses are to be undertaken once every three years and must comprise at least one-fifth of the minimum number of units undertaken in the year concerned. 

 
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