Essentials for the VPS Series

Statutory Interpretation

Read, Understand, Apply

Government lawyers often face the task of interpreting statutory provisions.  Leaving aside the rare case where there has been an authoritative judicial decision on the legislation, determining meaning can be difficult.  The High Court has told us many times that statutory construction ‘starts and ends with the text’.  But what does this mean?  And what do you do in the middle?  
This workshop will break down statutory construction into practical steps.  It will explain the principles of statutory interpretation (including the principle of legality), the meaning of legislative intention, the place for interpretation legislation and the importance of the constitutional framework (including privative clauses). It is aimed at Government lawyers seeking to learn or to refresh their knowledge of the principles of statutory interpretation.  

This workshop is strictly limited to 40 participants. Please register soon to secure your place.

Cost: $150 per participant (+GST)

Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018

Time: 1:15pm - 2:45pm (lunch served from 1:00pm)

Venue: Rooms 7 & 8, Level 27, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

CPD: 1 Unit Professional Skills, 0.5 Unit Substantive Law

Registration: ua.vog.civ.osgv14b7367a28377d4d513a4d3349861d2f@14b7367a28377d4d513a4d3349861d2fmaet.gnitekram

About your presenters

Rachel Amamoo, Managing Principal Solicitor
Rachel advises on novel and complex questions of law, particularly in relation to constitutional issues (including the powers and privileges of parliament), statutory interpretation and government liability in negligence.  With a background in commercial litigation prior to her work with Government, Rachel has a depth of experience in diverse areas of law, which assists her to identify and clarify key issues for her government clients.
Edwina Smith, Principal Solicitor
Edwina practises primarily in administrative law (judicial and merits review), constitutional law, statutory interpretation and torts. She has extensive experience conducting litigation on behalf of government clients in high profile and complex matters. Edwina is the co-chair of VGSO’s Constitutional Law and Intergovernmental Relations practice group.

About VGSO's Essentials for the VPS Series

‘Essentials for the VPS’ is an educational series designed for new members of the Victorian Public Service (less than 5 years of service). Throughout the series, experienced VGSO lawyers will deliver interactive workshops on fundamental legal topics to audiences of up to 20-40 people.
Each session will be structured so as to provide attendees with essential knowledge regarding key areas of law and is therefore suitable for those with beginner to intermediate skill in the relevant area. 



Wednesday 1:00PM 28 Mar 18 2018
1:00pm - 2:45pm