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Criminal Law Conference – Essential Advocacy (Stream 2)

Criminal Law Conference – Essential Advocacy (Stream 2)

Date & TimeFriday 07 August 2020 9am–5pm
Format Webinar
Price

Member

$495.00

Non-Member

$650.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

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 ‘Essential Advocacy’ stream on this page, or opt for the ‘Criminal Justice: A landscape view’ stream to update your professional toolkit.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • Criminal Law Conference – Essential Advocacy 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
    • 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 Royal Commissions & Legislative Reform in Criminal Law

      This sessions addresses the following topics:

      • Recent royal commissions and reforms relating to criminal justice including the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (Vic)
      • How much reform practitioners can expect within the next 2-3 years
      • The future of committal hearings and what this means for practitioners

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: TBC

    • 12:05 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 12:10 PM Mind Over Matter: Wellbeing while transitioning back to a ‘new normal’

      With Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions and social distancing rules gradually being relaxed, the end is in sight for the isolation that has been characteristic of lockdown life – but if you’re feeling a mixture of relief and anxiety about returning to a ‘new normal’, you’re not alone.

      Reflecting on the realities of how life has changed over the past couple of months and as we emerge from the pandemic, this session will focus on how to manage everyday pressures as you ease yourself back into the daily grind, as well as practical strategies you can employ to manage your wellbeing during this time.

      Led by a health and wellbeing expert, the session covers:

      • Practical ways of remaining connected personally and professionally as we emerge out of isolation
      • Championing the differences between those who choose to continue working from home and those who choose to go into work, and achieving your own balance
      • Practical and tactful ways of communicating your boundaries as we emerge from isolation

      Compliance area: Practice Management & Business Skills

      Presenter: Dr Sarah Cotton, Transitioning Well Pty Ltd

    • 12:40 PM Lunch
    • 1:05 PM STREAM 2: Advocacy Tips & Tricks for Ground Rules Hearings

      This session panelled by members of the LIV’s Criminal Law Executive Committee will provide helpful tips and tricks to hone your advocacy skills in relation to ground rules hearings, together with practical advice as to how you can target your advocacy to achieve better outcomes for your clients.

      Topics include:

      • Cross-examination tips for ground rules hearings
      • Dealing with disclosure in ground rules hearings
      • Intermediaries and your client – what types of questions to ask intermediaries, how to manage situations where an intermediary may get too involved, how vulnerable a person has to be for intermediary use and how to test for that

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Presenters: TBC

      See details for Stream 1 breakout session, Youth Justice Update.

    • 1:50 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 2:00 PM STREAM 2: The View from the Bench: Magistrates Panel

      You are now appearing via Webex in the busy Magistrates’ Court….do you know what is expected and required of you?

      In this session, magistrates will discuss their expectations of practitioners appearing before the Court online and provide tips on how to effectively prepare for their appearances, including observations about common pitfalls and shortcomings.

      This interactive panel session will include Q&A between attendees and members of the magistracy and will cover topics including:

      • Effective case management in the current practice environment – how practitioners can effectively manage their cases to enable the Court to do as much as possible beforehand and ensure hearings are useful time for all parties
      • Online advocacy from a magistrate’s perspective – how to effectively communicate with the magistrate and your client when conducting matters online

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Presenters:

      • Magistrate Marita Altman
      • Magistrate Trieu Huynh
      • Magistrate Timothy Gattuso

      See details for Stream 1 breakout session, Legal Aid & Prosecutions: Updates and Insights.

    • 2:55 PM Afternoon Tea Break
    • 3:05 PM Corrections Update

      Covering key initiatives implemented by corrections arising from COVID-19 including the changes that are here to stay, this session will provide a comprehensive 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

      Presenter: Dr Emma Cassar, Commissioner for Corrections

    • 3:35 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 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

Further Details

  • Full Description

    *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 indiviual would like to attend.

  • Presenters

    Keynote: 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
    • Dr Sarah Cotton, Transitioning Well Pty Ltd
    • Magistrate Marita Altman
    • Magistrate Trieu Huynh
    • Magistrate Timothy Gattuso
    • Dr Emma Cassar, Commissioner for Corrections
    • 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
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