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Criminal Law Conference Stream 1

Criminal Law Conference Stream 1

Date & TimeFriday 27 July 2018 8.30am–5pm
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

Featuring high calibre speakers presenting on some of the most critical topics in criminal law, the LIV’s annual Criminal Law Conference is the key professional development event for criminal lawyers.

This year’s program includes a variety of breakout sessions so you can choose the training that best benefits you and your practice. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage in a unique blend of education that includes panel discussions, practical seminars and substantive law reviews to ensure you are prepared for the coming year.

Please view alternaive sessions and for register for Stream 2 on this page.

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Criminal Law Conference - Friday 27 Jul
    • 8:30 AM Registration
    • 8:50 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 9:00 AM Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Criminal Law Practice

      Reflecting on recent developments in the criminal justice sector, this insightful session will deal with the everyday pressures of working within the profession and will offer practical strategies for managing your wellbeing.

      A health and wellbeing expert will present an overview, followed by a practical panel discussion with senior members of the profession, covering:

      • strategies for responding to heavy workloads
      • the impact of judicial behaviour on practitioners
      • managing pressures caused by delays and resourcing constraints
      • personal strategies for mindfulness and building resilience.

      Presenters:

      Peter Andrewartha, McPhee Andrewartha

      Moderator:

      Marita Altman, Partner, Lethbridges Barristers & Solicitors

      Panellists:

      Bernard Balmer, Principal, Balmer & Associates

      Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates Court of Victoria

      Carly Schrever, Judicial Wellbeing Advisor, Judicial College of Victoria

    • 10:00 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:30 AM Bail and Remand Update

      This session will provide a comprehensive update on the key changes to the Bail Act 1977 (Vic) and the new decision-making process that will apply.

      Our experienced presenter will provide an overview of the practical realities of the new provisions and their operation, along with the impact on accused persons and practitioners.

      This is followed by a panel of experts discussing the new changes and recent bail decisions that will help practitioners when making bail applications.

      Moderator:

      Nicole Spicer, Senior Lawyer and Consultant, Stary Norton Halphen

      Panellists:

      Magistrate Suzanne Cameron, Magistrates Court of Victoria

      Emma Hunt, Principal Legal Policy Officer, Criminal Justice, Strategy & Co-ordination, Department of Justice and Regulation

      Cameron Rapmund , Assistant Director - Criminal Law Reform, Criminal Law Policy and Operations, Department of Justice

    • 11:45 AM Responding to Police Misconduct

      Learn how to efficiently respond to police misconduct in your clients’ matter and to provide comprehensive advice to your client during criminal proceedings.

      Topics to be covered include:

      • protecting your client’s interests where there are allegations of police misconduct, abuse of power or malicious prosecution
      • the relevant torts that may apply to your client’s circumstances
      • critical aspects that may influence the eventual civil case. Presenter: Jeremy King, Principal, Robinson Gill

      Presenter: Jeremy King, Principal, Robinson Gill
    • 12:30 PM Networking Lunch
    • 1:30 PM Stream 1 – Effective Advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court

      Advance your advocacy skills along with your understanding of the expectations and requirements when appearing in the Magistrates’ Court.

      In this session, magistrates will discuss what they expect from practitioners appearing in the Court. They will also provide tips on effectively preparing for appearances and will share common pitfalls and shortcomings.

      This session will help you better understand the preparation and presentation components of advocating in the Magistrates’ Court and target your advocacy to achieve optimal outcomes for your clients.

      Presenter:

      Magistrate Tim Gattuso, Magistrates Court of Victoria

    • 2:30 PM Stream 1 – Insights into the New e-Brief System

      This practical session will take you through the new electronic brief portal developed by the OPP.

      The new system allows Victoria Police to serve digital briefs of evidence to the OPP, the Magistrates’ Court and to the defence through an online platform. This presents a new frontier for the delivery of documents in criminal matters while raising interesting questions for the future of briefing practices in the criminal justice system.

      Topics to be covered in this session include:

      • a working demonstration of the e-brief system
      • case studies of the system working in different types of matters
      • the Courts’ response to the new system
      • the status of the system and ramifications for the future – what this may mean for practitioners.

      Presenter: Vicky Prapas, Legal Practice Manager, Office of Public Prosecutions

    • 3:00 PM Stream 1 - The Victorian Intermediaries Pilot Program: What you need to know

      The Intermediary Pilot Program is intended to help vulnerable witnesses deliver the best possible evidence. It will operate from 1 July 2018 in specific proceedings that involve witnesses with cognitive impairment or who are under the age of 18.

      In this informative session, Judge Sexton from the County Court will cover:

      • an introduction to the Victorian intermediaries’ pilot program
      • program operations and underlying processes
      • ground-rules hearings
      • the impact on practitioners.

      Presenter: Her Honour Judge Sexton, County Court of Victoria

    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:00 PM Ethics in Criminal Law Practice

      Lawyers require a sharp and consistent ethical compass as navigating ethical issues in criminal law practice is no easy task.

      This conversational session will cover the challenging ethical issues faced by criminal lawyers and will offer practical strategies to overcome them. The focus will be on balancing your paramount duty to the Court and the administration of justice while advocating fearlessly for your client.

      Moderator:

      Mel Walker , Principal, Melinda Walker Criminal Law

      Panellists:

      Rob Stary, Principal, Stary Norton Halphen

      James Dowsley, Principal, James Dowsley & Associates

    • 5:00 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Featuring high calibre speakers presenting on some of the most critical topics in criminal law, the LIV’s annual Criminal Law Conference is the key professional development event for criminal lawyers.

    This year’s program includes a variety of breakout sessions so you can choose the training that best benefits you and your practice. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage in a unique blend of education that includes panel discussions, practical seminars and substantive law reviews to ensure you are prepared for the coming year.

    Register today for this full day of education on bail and remand, sentencing, plea-making, advocacy and health and wellbeing in criminal law practice.

  • Presenters

    Marita Altman, Partner, Lethbridges Barristers & Solicitors

    Peter Andrewartha, McPhee Andrewartha

    Bernard Balmer, Principal, Balmer & Associates

    Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates Court of Victoria

    Carly Schrever, Judicial Wellbeing Advisor, Judicial College of Victoria

    Nicole Spicer, Senior Lawyer and Consultant, Stary Norton Halphen

    Magistrate Suzanne Cameron, Magistrates Court of Victoria

    Emma Hunt, Principal Legal Policy Officer, Criminal Justice, Strategy & Co-ordination, Department of Justice and Regulation

    Cameron Rapmund, A/Assistant Director - Criminal Law Reform, Criminal Law Policy and Operations, Department of Justice

    Jeremy King, Principal, Robinson Gill

    Magistrate Tim Gattuso, Magistrates Court of Victoria

    Vicky Prapas, Legal Practice Manager, Office of Public Prosecutions

    Her Honour Judge Sexton, County Court of Victoria

    Mel Walker, Principal, Melinda Walker Criminal Law

    James Dowsley, Principal, James Dowsley & Associates

    Judge Wraight, County Court of Victoria

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this conference, you will:

    • Benefit from peer-based learning
    • Network with other criminal lawyers, sharing challenges, strategies and solutions
    • Increasing your knowledge and skills through the investigation of key developments in bail and sentencing and the new Victorian Intermediaries Pilot Program
    • Gain a greater understanding of advising your client in relation to police misconduct
    • Get insights into managing the everyday pressures of working in criminal justice
    • Hone your advocacy skills for appearing in the Magistrates Court
    • Benefit from a discussion of the ethical challenges of criminal law practice
    • Be empowered with actionable takeaways that you can immediately implement in your daily practice