Book review: Pizer’s Annotated VCAT Act (6th Edition) by Emrys Nekvapil

I vividly recall the farewell speech given by the author of this book, Emrys Nekvapil, on the occasion of his departure from King & Wood Mallesons.  His farewell speech was a perambulation around questions of administrative law and statutory interpretation.  He was appropriately gifted by friends at the firm with a large tome.

It warmed the cockles of my heart to see my professional friend and colleague Emrys follow in the steps of Jason Pizer as the author of this highly regarded volume on the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, now in its 6th edition.  In addition to the usual helpful commentary on the machinery of the VCAT , new parts of the text authored by Emrys include:

1 the impact of cases that consider whether the VCAT may exercise the judicial power of the Commonwealth; and

2 whether the VCAT may determine a proceeding between residents of two states.

These and other additions extend the text beyond a go to guide for members of and advocates before the VCAT.  It is now, more than ever, an insightful discourse on legal developments. The author uses plain language.  The book is therefore accessible to the non-lawyer litigant in person (if they can lift it, at 1281 pages).

Having disclosed my conflict of interest, I suggest you purchase a copy of this book for your own library and dive into it on an as needed basis. It offers a practical and deep insight into key issues which are frequently raised at the VCAT.

This Book Review was first published in the Law Institute Journal (May 2018) p39

(c) Eliza M Bergin 2018