First live-streamed trial in WA Supreme Court history

The Supreme Court of Western Australia will live stream a trial for the first time in the Court’s history commencing next Monday, 16 July 2018.

The Court will stream the civil trial arising from the bushfires at Mt Helena, Parkerville and Stoneville, Western Australia, that occurred in January 2014. 

Members of the public can log on to the Supreme Court of Western Australia website at to view the trial which starts at 10am. The trial is set down from 16 July – 31 August, and will be presided over by Justice Rene Le Miere. The link will be on the Court’s home page, under the ‘What’s New’ banner.

For more information, see the media statement

ALLA (WA) AGM 2018 - Invitation, Agenda and Proxies

ALLA (WA) members are invited to the ALLA (WA) Annual General Meeting on 4th July 2018 at The George commencing at 12.30pm.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Greta Dye and Thomson Reuters for sponsoring our AGM.
Unfortunately, we did not receive enough nominations to fill the office bearers positions of Vice President and Secretary.  If additional nominations are not received, in order to ensure that ALLA (WA) can form a committee of management several nominated committee members may volunteer to take on dual positions. 

This will be confirmed at the AGM.

The AGM will be followed by lunch and a presentation by Lucas Frederick, Senior Product Developer from Thomson Reuters.  Lucas has worked for Thomson Reuters for almost 15 years and has been involved in various aspects of legal publishing.  Lucas will present on Thomson Reuters international Sweet and Maxwell, Carswell and Brookers titles.

I look forward to seeing as many as possible of our members at the AGM and stay for lunch and Lucas Frederick’s presentation.  

Please RSVP your attendance to the 2017/2018 ALLA (WA) Secretary, Alice Hewitt, by 5pm Monday 2 July 2018.  If you have any dietary requirements please let Alice know with your RSVP by email:

If you cannot attend, please complete the proxy form and email it to 2017/2018 ALLA (WA) Secretary Alice Hewitt, by 5pm Monday 2 July 2018.

Please find attached the following documents:
·         2018 ALLA (WA) AGM Agenda
·         2018 ALLA (WA) AGM Proxy Form – to be completed by members who cannot attend the AGM

·         2017 ALLA (WA) AGM Minutes

Posted on Behalf of

Natalie McDonaldALLA (WA) President, 2017-2018

Podcasts of interest

An interview with Dr Rosemary Laing, Clerk of the Senate for seven years.

A co-production between Law Report and the University of Melbourne law school, looking at what happens when the jury system goes wrong.

Call for ALLA (WA) Committee nominations!

Do you like to share your ideas?  
Are you interested in collaboration? 
Would you like be part of a professional team?
If you do then the ALLA(WA) Committee is looking for members like you!
The 2018/2019 ALLA(WA) Committee nominations will be sent out soon and all positions (except President) are available for nomination.  
Being a Committee member on the ALLA(WA) is a great way to learn new skills, increase your network and gain a greater understanding of the industry.

There are many areas that you can be involved in, including - 
  • organising CPD events and activities on a professional and social level
  • managing social media and web pages of the ALLA(WA)
  • liaising with legal publishers and other professional bodies
  • monitoring legislative updates that affect our profession
If you would like to know more about the positions please email and we will send you the position descriptions.


With a new Committee working hard, we thought it was time to share a little bit about who the Committee is behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks each committee member will answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. Don't forget you can meet them in real life at our events


1. Who is a hero who has inspired you in your career?

It is hard for me to attribute one person who has inspired me in my career.

In the words of the well-known proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”, I can say that many people have inspired me throughout my career thus far: my family and friends, lecturers, practicum supervisor and peers and colleagues – just to name a few!

2. What is the proudest moment in your professional life?

It is difficult to pinpoint one proudest moment in my professional life so far. A couple come to mind:

  • Last year I attended the inaugural WATOL event and delivered a presentation entitled “Delivering Information Literacy Intensively - the FLL Experience”. This was challenging, yet highly enjoyable and rewarding.
  • I always relish the prospect of helping people meet their information needs and it is always satisfying when people say “Thanks so much, you are a legend!”.

3. Career advice – what’s your top tip?

You live and learn! 

4. What’s your favourite legal research tool?

This is dependent on the nature of the information that a patron is looking for and the kinds of IL sessions that I deliver to patrons.

As an academic law librarian, it is important to keep patrons informed on the manner in which they can find correct legal information quickly and expeditiously. Therefore, the tools that I can label as my favourites, are the ones that can achieve this end.

5. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

The kind of work that I undertake as a law librarian is a very versatile. I think of each new day as a project. I am happy to take on board new opportunities that arise and I always strive to meet any challenges that I am faced with.  

6. Library cliché: What is your favourite book? (Or one of your favourite books?)

Wuthering Heights.

7. If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?

A cat naturally – after all my name is 1/3 cat!

8. Why did you join the ALLA (WA) Committee?

I am a relatively new law librarian, so joining the ALLA (WA) Committee is an excellent way to learn new skills, network and stay in touch with the ever changing nuances and idiosyncrasies of the law library profession. 

ALLA National [crosspost]: Notice of 2018 General Meeting

[Cross-posted from the ALLA National list]

Notice is hereby given that a General Meeting of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association Ltd (ALLA) ACN 158 242 696 will be held on Thursday 3rd May 2018, at  4.10pm – 4.45pm ACST as part of the ALLA 2018 Conference.

Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade, Reflections Room
116 The Esplanade
Darwin NT 0800


1. President’s Welcome
2. Introduction and remarks of Representatives from International Associations
3. Apologies
4. President’s Update
5. Membership Update
6. Treasurer’s Update
7. General Business
8. Meeting Close


Please note that this is not the ALLA Annual General Meeting and as such there will be no elections for positions until the AGM in September 2018.


As a financial member at the time of the AGM, you are entitled to vote. Every member is entitled to one vote on each matter.
To have a vote at the meeting you must be either (a) present in person or (b) represented via a proxy. Please note that a proxy is not required unless there is an item of business requiring a vote be put to members. In accordance with the Constitution: (i) the Member has a right to appoint a proxy; (ii) the proxy does not need to be a Member; and (iii) a Member entitled to cast two or more votes may appoint two proxies and may specify the proportion or number of votes each proxy is appointed to exercise.

To use a proxy to do your voting for you, please complete the Proxy Form, attach and lodge it no less than forty-eight (48) hours before the AGM, so by 4.15pm on Tuesday September 9th 2014. A proxy form will be available from the ALLA web site and available by email on request.

Australian Law Librarians’ Association 2018 Conference Bursary - Apply Now!

The Australian Law Librarians’ Association Ltd (WA Division), is delighted to offer a bursary of $1500 for one of our members to attend the Australian Law Librarians’ Association 2018 Conference held in Darwin, 2-4 May 2018. 

The successful candidate will be expected to prepare a report on the conference and present it to ALLA (WA) members upon their return.

For details about the conference, please visit the 2018 ALLA Conference website.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 16th April 2018.  

The successful applicant will be notified by Friday 20th April 2018

We apologise for the short turn around. 

Applications addressing the selection criteria can be emailed to  Stephen Griffiths.  

Good luck!