Preparing for VCAT
August 26 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm$300
Nearly all VCAT appearances require the drafting and presenting of a written submission. The submission is not the only part of advocacy but it is an important part. Drafting for VCAT involves more than writing a submission. Everything a planner writes can affect the outcome of a proceeding (including external correspondence, responses to referrals etc).
In the case of an applicant for planning permit this includes the written application, responses to requests for further information, responses to objectors, the application for review and requests for adjournments. In the case of the responsible authority and referral authority this includes internal communications, letters to the permit applicant, the officer’s report and drafting of permit conditions. For example, making ‘promises’ or ‘assertions’ that purport to be on behalf of or bind the authority, mis-stating internal referral responses, drafting invalid permit conditions etc
Participants will learn what to say and not say in a request for further information or in an officers report or town planning application. What to say and not say in letters written to the Tribunal and other parties to an application for review.
While the focus of the workshop is on drafting the Tribunal submission, the workshop will cover all written documents leading up to a hearing. It will include general drafting principles in drafting a submission and other written documents that are legally correct and, in the case of the Tribunal submission, which conveys the party’s case in a compelling manner. It includes how to use the written submission and documents written before the application for review to prepare the advocacy strategy and cross examination of witnesses.
Statutory planners in the private and public sector.
John Rantino, Special Counsel, Maddocks Lawyers