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Criminal Law Conference  – Criminal Justice: A landscape view (Stream 1)

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Criminal Law Conference – Criminal Justice: A landscape view (Stream 1)

Date & TimeTBC
Format Webinar
Price

Member

$495.00

Non-Member

$650.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
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Exclusive LIV Member Early Bird Price: 
Register for $360 when you book online by 24 July*

Criminal Justice Beyond the Pandemic – A New Normal?

Featuring a keynote address by His Honour Judge Cain on the coordination of Victoria’s criminal jurisdictions during COVID-19, the 2020 Criminal Law Conference includes prestigious presenters from the judiciary, including His Honour Chief Judge Kidd from the County Court of Victoria and Her Honour Chief Magistrate Hannan from the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, as well as Victorian government representatives and experienced criminal law practitioners.

Afternoon sessions are divided into two streams, allowing you to choose the training that best benefits you and your practice. See the full program and register for the ‘Criminal Justice: A landscape view’ stream on this page, or opt for the ‘Essential Advocacy’ stream to update your professional toolkit.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • Criminal Law Conference – Criminal Justice Stream - Friday 07 Aug
    • 8:50 AM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the conference begins. Log in early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 9:10 AM Keynote Address – Coordinating the Jurisdictions during COVID-19

      With Victoria’s courts having actively changed the way they operate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and longer-term technological change underway, collaboration and ongoing coordination between all jurisdictions has been key.

      As the coordination point between all Victorian criminal courts, the legal profession and criminal justice stakeholders, His Honour Judge Cain’s work has been integral during this time. In this session, hear His Honour speak about current and future coordination initiatives between Victorian criminal courts, the technology solutions that will be part of this and the plans for a measured return of the criminal justice sector to ‘normal’ operations.

      This session includes a 10-minute Q&A with His Honour Judge Cain.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Keynote Speaker: His Honour Judge John Cain, State Coroner

    • 9:50 AM Wellbeing Break
    • 10:00 AM Judge-only Trials in a Post-COVID-19 World

      In this session, His Honour Chief Judge Peter Kidd, County Court of Victoria addresses the following:

      • How do judge-only trials work in practice? What can practitioners expect from them?
      • Impacts on rights of the accused
      • Plans to retain judge-only trials post-COVID – how and in what capacity?

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: His Honour Chief Judge Peter Kidd, County Court of Victoria

    • 10:30 AM Morning Tea Break, Featuring Wellbeing Session Hosted By Legalite
    • 10:45 AM Challenges & Opportunities in the Magistrates’ Court

      This sessions addresses the following topics:

      • Current issues in the Magistrates’ Court – operations, technology and practice directions
      • The future of Webex use and the practice directions to come
      • The Chief Magistrate’s vision for the Court and future plans – what this means for practitioners

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Her Honour Chief Magistrate Lisa Hannan, Magistrates' Court of Victoria
      • His Honour Magistrate Timothy Bourke, Magistrates' Court of Victoria
    • 11:35 AM Wellbeing Break
    • 11:40 AM Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Exploring the possibilities in a post pandemic world

      Recognising that crime has a social dimension, therapeutic jurisprudence takes into account the context and issues that have led to offenders’ harmful behaviour. It aims to halt the social and intergenerational aspect of crime by addressing its causes and providing offenders with the tools and support to avoid further reoffending.

      But how does all of this translate to criminal law practice in a post-COVID world?

      In this session, Her Honour Magistrate Spencer and Tania Wolff will discuss how therapeutic jurisprudence can support court excellence and the quality of criminal practice as we strive to respond and recover from the impacts of COVID.  

      Topics include:

      • Therapeutic jurisprudence – how is it evident in court practice and processes?
      • Challenges and opportunities for practitioners
      • How Procedural Justice principles can guide court craft and criminal practice.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters: 

      • Her Honour Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
      • Tania Wolff, Principal Lawyer, First Step Legal; LIV President-Elect and LIV Council member
    • 12:05 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 12:10 PM Managing the Psychology of Sustained Disruption: Practical strategies to protect our mental and physical wellbeing through the ongoing transitions of COVID-19

      There is a growing need to sustain our wellbeing over the long term particularly as we endure further lockdowns in Victoria. In doing so we need to support our own sense of wellness, our ability to respond to others with empathy, and to meet the demands of work and home life.  Considering the very real challenges at this time, this session unpacks 5 practical strategies to help us maintain our attention, energy, wellbeing and focus including: Clear space, Creative management, Concentration, Compassion and Connection. Guidance for establishing care and support into the future will also be discussed.

      Compliance area: Practice Management & Business Skills

      Presenter: Dr Sarah Cotton, Transitioning Well Pty Ltd

    • 12:40 PM Lunch
    • 1:05 PM STREAM 1: Meet the Judicial Registrars

      Hear from three recently appointed Judicial Registrars in the criminal jurisdiction across the Supreme and County Courts in this insightful session.

      The Judicial Registrars will discuss the significant changes in court process during this challenging and unprecedented time and specifically will discuss managing the County and Supreme Courts during the emergency management period, the powers and scope of their roles and other key updates for criminal law practitioners.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters: 

      • Judicial Registrar Freeman, Supreme Court of Victoria
      • Judicial Registrar Wilson, County Court of Victoria
      • Judicial Registrar Phillips, County Court of Victoria
    • 1:50 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 2:00 PM STREAM 1: Legal Aid & Prosecutions: Updates and Insights

      Providing insights into key changes that Victoria Legal Aid and the Office of Public Prosecutions have made arising from the pandemic, this session will enhance your understanding of the realities of criminal law practice at these organisations.

      Topics include:

      • COVID-19 responses by the VLA and the OPP: what has changed and how have these changes translated internally
      • Funding changes for Magistrates Court matters
      • Current issues and updates and what they mean for practitioners

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Dan Nicholson, Executive Director – Criminal Law, Victoria Legal Aid
      • Abbey Hogan, Solicitor for Public Prosecutions, Office of Public Prosecutions

      See details for Stream 2 breakout session, The View from the Bench: Magistrates Panel.

    • 2:55 PM Afternoon Tea Break
    • 3:05 PM Corrections During COVID-19

      Covering key initiatives implemented by corrections arising from COVID-19 including the changes that are here to stay, this session will provide an update on developments in this area and their significance for accused persons.

      Topics include:

      • Current initiatives and changes to Victoria’s corrections system
      • Any upcoming or proposed changes
      • Prisoner feedback on the changes made as a result of COVID-19

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Maurice Stuckey, Policy Lawyer, Law Institute of Victoria
      • Melissa Westin, Assistant Commissioner of Corrections Victoria
    • 3:35 PM Wellbeing Break, Hosted By Legalite
    • 3:45 PM Ethics in Criminal Law Practice

      Requiring a sharp and consistent ethical compass, navigating the ethical issues faced by lawyers in criminal law practice is no easy task.

      This session will cover the challenging ethical issues faced by criminal lawyers as well as practical strategies to overcome these issues, focusing particularly on how to balance your paramount duty to the Court and the administration of justice while advocating fearlessly for your client.

      Compliance area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

      Presenters:

      • Donna Cooper, Head of Ethics, Wellbeing and Practitioner Support, Law Institute of Victoria
      • Michael Dolan, Special Counsel, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria
    • 4:45 PM Conference Close
    • 4:50 PM Virtual Wine Tasting & Informal Networking
      Following the conference, enjoy a virtual wine tasting led by Matt Lugg from Wine Talks. Network with colleagues and support our Victorian winemakers at this innovative event. Additional details below. Register by Monday 3 August to participate.

Further Details

  • Full Description & Webinar Details

    *Exempt from the Early Bird offer are CLC, YL and Accredited Specialist members. The registration fee for these membership categories is $338.

    Conference Theme: Criminal Justice Beyond the Pandemic – A New Normal?

    As one of the most impacted areas of the COVID-19 pandemic, the criminal justice sector has seen rapid and radical change in 2020. The coronavirus crisis has forced governments, Courts and businesses into new patterns and ways of delivering justice, and in the process, has highlighted several challenges and opportunities for the sector. As restrictions ease and practitioners return to a ‘new normal’ during what may be a protracted period of recovery, understanding the implications of these changes and how they will impact your criminal law practice now and into the future is critical. 

    Featuring a keynote address by His Honour Judge Cain on the coordination of Victoria’s criminal jurisdictions during COVID-19, the 2020 Criminal Law Conference includes prestigious presenters from the judiciary, including His Honour Chief Judge Kidd from the County Court of Victoria and Her Honour Chief Magistrate Hannan from the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, as well as Victorian government representatives and experienced criminal law practitioners.

    Afternoon sessions are divided into two streams, allowing you to choose the training that best benefits you and your practice. Choose from the ‘Essential Advocacy’ or ‘Criminal Justice – A Landscape View’ stream, to update your professional toolkit.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with esteemed experts and fellow attendees via a unique blend of interactive panel discussions and practical seminars and ensure you are prepared for criminal law practice beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Virtual Conference Inclusions

    • Opportunities to ask questions and interact with our presenters and other attendees via polls, Q&As and digital breakout rooms
    • Short wellbeing breaks following each speaker so you can get up and stretch your legs
    • Supplementary reading material, including PowerPoint presentations used by speakers, emailed to all registrants following the conference
    • A recording of the conference

    Important Information

    Online registrations close 24 hours before this event begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on phone 03 9607 9473 or email register@liv.asn.au.

    Group Discount

    Book in a group of 5 or more and receive 15% off (members and non-members). To register your group, email register@liv.asn.au. Please indicate which stream each individual would like to attend.

    Webinar Details

    LIV webinars offer an interactive learning experience – wherever you are, from any device – and are run through Zoom. Register as you would any of our other in-person education and we’ll send you the webinar link and log in details the morning of the event date.

    Please Note: Instructions are sent to the primary email address linked to your LIV account. If you do not receive an email from us, check the contact details in your LIV profile to confirm the correct email. If you have not received instructions from us within an hour of the event, please contact the events team on email register@liv.asn.au or phone 03 9607 9473.

    For additional information on LIV webinars, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Presenters

    Keynote Speaker: His Honour Judge John Cain, State Coroner

    Presenters:

    • His Honour Chief Judge Peter Kidd, County Court of Victoria
    • Her Honour Chief Magistrate Lisa Hannan, Magistrates' Court of Victoria
    • His Honour Magistrate Timothy Bourke, Magistrates' Court of Victoria
    • Her Honour Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
    • Tania Wolff, Principal Lawyer, First Step Legal; LIV President-Elect and LIV Council member 
    • Dr Sarah Cotton, Transitioning Well Pty Ltd
    • Judicial Registrar Freeman, Supreme Court of Victoria
    • Judicial Registrar Wilson, County Court of Victoria
    • Judicial Registrar Phillips, County Court of Victoria
    • Dan Nicholson, Executive Director – Criminal Law, Victoria Legal Aid
    • Abbey Hogan, Solicitor for Public Prosecutions, Office of Public Prosecutions
    • Maurice Stuckey, Policy Lawyer, Law Institute of Victoria
    • Melissa Westin, Assistant Commissioner of Corrections Victoria
    • Donna Cooper, Head of Ethics, Wellbeing and Practitioner Support, Law Institute of Victoria
    • Michael Dolan, Special Counsel, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Virtual Wine Tasting & Informal Networking

    Post-Conference Virtual Wine Tasting & Informal Networking
    Register by Monday 3 August to participate

    Enjoy a virtual wine tasting and informal networking session at the end of the conference. Prior to the event, attendees will receive a list of 10 recommended Victorian wines and cheeses from which they can select their favourites for purchase, along with a voucher towards the cost of wine. Attendees will receive their voucher by Wednesday 5 August.

    Then, after a big day at the conference, relax with a virtual wine tasting led by Matt Lugg from Wine Talks who will provide a guided interactive tasting, taking you through all the wines on the list. Network with colleagues and support our Victorian winemakers at this innovative event.

    Matt Lugg is a winemaker based on the Mornington Peninsula. He also offers guided wine tastings as part of his own business, Wine Talks. Despite having a head best suited for radio, the tastings are offered virtually via Zoom. Wine Talks virtual tastings are a relaxed, jovial and informative affair. Attendees are sent a list of recommended wines to hunt down before the event, and are able to choose any wines they might feel like for the evening. Cheese recommendations are also available.

    Virtual Wine Talks run for about an hour, using this time to provide a guided tasting and explanation of all the wines at hand: how they taste, how they are made, and anything else you’d like to know. Matt will also provide you with plenty of tips and tricks to impress even your snobbiest of wine friends at your next social event. Interaction is highly encouraged - please come armed with all your best wine-related questions!

    For more information, visit www.winetalks.com.au or visit Wine Talks on instagram at @wine.talks.