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29 B A L A N C E M A R C H 2 0 1 8 29 B A L A N C E M A R C H 2 0 1 8 Opening of the Legal Year 2018 The NT legal profession joined together once again on February 1 and 2 to recognise and celebrate the Opening of the Legal Year. The event, hosted by the Society and supported by the Public Purposes Trust, was held at Parliament House in Darwin and the Mercure Resort in Alice Springs. The Opening of the Legal Year is an opportunity to reflect upon the role of the Courts and the Rule of Lawpast, present and future. Newly appointed Society President, Ms Maria Savvas, opened the event followed by a speech from the Honourable Chief Justice Michael Grant QC.1 His Honour spoke of the importance of the independence of judiciary as well as the need for a judicial commission. Upon conclusion of His Honours speech, the profession welcomed an address from the Honourable Natasha Fyles Attorney-General (at the Darwin luncheon). This years keynote speaker was Law Council President, Mr Morry Bailes. Mr Bailes spoke of the value of accessible justice, particularly in rural and remote settings, and increased funding and resources in order to facilitate access. Other topics included the future of the legal profession from a technological standpoint and the key priorities of the Law Council of Australia in the coming year/s.2 The Society thanks all those that attended and spoke this years event and we look forward to another successful (and busy) year ahead. 1 Speech available: http://www.supremecourt.nt.gov.au/ media/documents/SpeechbyHonChiefJusticeMichaelGrant_ OpeningoftheLegalYear_1February2018.pdf 2 Speech available: https://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/media/speeches/opening-of the-northern-territory-legal-year-2018 L R: Maria Savvas, Morry Bailes, Kellie Grainger