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Criminal Law Conference – Essential Advocacy Stream

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Criminal Law Conference – Essential Advocacy Stream

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Format Conference
Price

Member

$630.00

Non-Member

$750.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne View Map

2019 Conference Theme: Therapeutic Jurisprudence

LIV’s Criminal Law Conference is the flagship professional development program for criminal lawyers and those in the criminal justice system in Victoria.

Featuring prestigious presenters from the judiciary, Bar, practice and universities, this two-streamed program provides you with options to equip yourself with a range of expert knowledge and practical skills. Choose from either the Essential Advocacy (steam 1) or Legislative Deep Dive stream (stream 2), to fortify your professional toolkit.

With a key focus on discussing contemporary issues with experts in various fields such as therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, and wellbeing, the program will provide you with recent cases and legislative updates, practical insights and tips to enhance the way you practice.

Register for the Essential Advocacy stream on this page, or visit the Legislative Deep Dive stream page for more details about the alternate program and to register.

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Program Overview

  • Criminal Law Conference – Essential Advocacy Stream - Friday 26 Jul
    • 8:30 AM Registration
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Address on Therapeutic Jurisprudence

      Our criminal legal system ensures that the question of whether someone is guilty is determined according to rules of evidence, and that the rights of the accused are protected. However, the people most directly impacted by the crime – the victim and offender – have very little direct involvement. Victims often feel marginalised within criminal proceedings. Offenders can feel bewildered and overwhelmed by the weight of the adversarial system bearing down upon them. There is little, if any, space for recognition of the human element of the crime – how the victim has been harmed, and how the offender might take real responsibility for the harm. Restorative justice offers victims the opportunity to directly tell the offender about how the offending has impacted them. Done with the assistance of a neutral facilitator, in a respectful way that recognises the dignity and humanity of all participants, this allows the offender to take responsibility in a meaningful way. Participation can be an important step for victims in their recovery. A conference can also be a significant turning point for offenders, which assists them to set a new course for their lives.

      The Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) at RMIT University recently ran a pilot restorative justice conferencing program for people impacted by serious motor vehicle collisions – where a death or a serious injury has occurred. In this keynote presentation, join Lindi Wall, a participant in the CIJ’s program, and the CIJ’s Nareeda Lewers in conversation about the benefits of restorative justice.

      Presenters:

      • Nareeda Lewers, Senior Advisor, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University
      • Lindi Wall, Conciliator and Guardianship Board Tribunal Member
      • Rob Hulls, Director, Centre of Innovative Justice, RMIT

      Chair: Mel Walker, Accredited Specialist Criminal Law

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law, Ethics

       

    • 10:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:30 AM Magistrates Panel – Reflections: Then, now and how

      Over the years, a lot has changed for Magistrates and Courts. Advancement in technology has resulted in high-tech courtrooms as well as the need for Magistrates to develop and exercise relevant skills. Not only that, increased effectiveness of the administration of justice and process improvements such as clearing of bottlenecks and reducing delays are also some key changes that have taken place.

      This session brings together experienced and newly appointed Magistrates who will discuss their observations from the bench and provide advice relevant to criminal law practitioners.

      This is intended to be an interactive panel, allowing for a Q&A between attendees and members of the magistracy.

      Moderator: Marita Altman, Deputy Chair, Criminal Law Section, Accredited Specialist Criminal Law

      Panellists:

      • Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg
      • Magistrate Sarah Leighfield
      • Magistrate Vicky Prapas
      • Magistrate David Fanning

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law, Practice Management

       

    • 11:40 AM Wellbeing for Criminal Lawyers – Vicarious Trauma: Dealing with confronting crime

      Criminal lawyers are passionate about their profession; however, it is a job that can be intellectually, physically and emotionally challenging.

      Vicarious trauma refers to an ‘internal transformation’ experienced by professionals who encounter disturbing situations, information or material. In recent years, there has been a considerable emphasis and push to recognise the susceptibility to mental illness and to implement measures to address such issues.

      This session will provide a toolkit to help define and manage vicarious traumatisation, including tips for building awareness both individually and within workplaces along with coping strategies.

      Chair: Marita Altman, Deputy Chair, Criminal Law Section, Accredited Criminal Law Specialist

      Presenter: Peter Andrewartha, Director, MCA Group

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills

       

    • 12:30 PM Networking Lunch
    • 1:20 PM Stream 1: Magistrates’ Court Advocacy – Practical Tips & Tricks Roundtable

      This interactive roundtable session panelled by Magistrates and the LIVs Criminal Law Executive Committee provides attendees with helpful tips and tricks to hone practical skills such as preparing pleas, bail applications, s128 advice and making statements.

      Chair: Marita Altman, Deputy Chair, Criminal Law Section, Accredited Specialist Criminal Law

      Presenters:

      • Magistrate Tim Gattuso
      • Magistrate Megan J Aumair

      Executive Members:

      • Mel Walker
      • Jasmine Pisasale
      • Kristina Kothrakis
      • Trieu Huynh
      • Tim Freeman (LIV Council)
      • Tania Wolff (LIV Council)
      • Carrie O’Shea (LIV Council)

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills, Practice Management

       

    • 2:30 PM Stream 1: County Court Advocacy – Practical Tips & Tricks

      In the second session of practical courtroom tips and tricks for criminal law practitioners, Judge Carolene Gwynn will be joined by Duncan Allen SC to discuss the latest updates and changes to the committal process.

      Moderator: Josh Taaffe, Director, In-House Counsel, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers and Accredited Specialist Criminal Law

      Presenters:

      • Judge Carolene Gwynn, County Court of Victoria
      • Judge Duncan Allen, County Court of Victoria

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills, Practice Management

       

    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:45 PM Ethics & Royal Commissions

      At what point does the lawyer's duty to the Court take priority over the duty to the client? What are the duties of loyalty to the client? When does appropriate professional and ethical conduct cause those duties to become secondary to other requirements? When must, or may, a lawyer disclose confidential, including privileged, information? Is the role of an informer compatible with legal practice? And if disclosure is required, what, if any, is the lawyer's consequential duty of disclosure to the client? Is the "mouthpiece rule" relevant to these and other questions?

      This session will consider these and other matters, and promote discussion of issues which, at times, have no easy answer and even no answer at all.

      Presenter: The Honourable Nahum Mushin, Former Judge of the Family Court of Australia and Adjunct Professor of Law Monash University

      Moderator: Josh Taaffe, Director and In-House Counsel, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers, Accredited Specialist Criminal Law

      Compliance Area: Ethics

    • 4:50 PM Conference Close
    • 4:50 PM Networking Drinks

Further Details

  • Full Description

    LIV’s Criminal Law Conference is the flagship professional development program for criminal lawyers and those in the criminal justice system in Victoria.

    Featuring prestigious presenters from the judiciary, Bar, practice and universities, this two-streamed program provides you with options to equip yourself with a range of expert knowledge and practical skills. Choose from either the Essential Advocacy steam or Legislative Deep Dive stream, to fortify your professional toolkit.

    With a key focus on discussing contemporary issues with experts in various fields such as therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, and wellbeing, the program will provide you with recent cases and legislative updates, practical insights and tips to enhance the way you practice.

    Following the close of the conference, you are invited to mingle with colleagues and enjoy complimentary drinks until 6pm.

  • Presenters

    Nareeda Lewers, Senior Advisor, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

    Lindi Wall, Conciliator and Guardianship Board Tribunal Member

    Rob Hulls, Director, Centre of Innovative Justice, RMIT

    Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg

    Magistrate Sarah Leighfield

    Magistrate Vicky Prapas

    Magistrate David Fanning

    Peter Andrewartha, Director, MCA Group

    Magistrate Tim Gattuso

    Magistrate Megan J Aumair

    Judge Carolene Gwynn, County Court of Victoria

    Judge Duncan Allen, County Court of Victoria

    The Honourable Nahum Mushin, Former Judge of the Family Court of Australia and Adjunct Professor of Law Monash University

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this conference, you will:

    • Describe how Victoria is developing, driving and expanding the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users
    • Manage vicarious traumatisation using tips for building awareness both individually and within workplaces along with applying coping strategies
    • Examine key legislative updates and discuss how they apply to your practice
    • Hone your advocacy skills for appearing in the Magistrates Court and County Court
    • Gain valuable insights from observations from the bench and apply them in your daily practice