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Criminal Law Conference Stream 1

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Criminal Law Conference Stream 1

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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

Featuring the highest calibre speakers presenting some of the most current and critical topics, the LIV’s Criminal Law Conference is the key professional development event for criminal lawyers. This year’s program once again includes breakout sessions so that you can choose the education and training that most benefits you and your practice. By registering for Stream 1, you will have access to all the joint sessions as well as seminars on family violence and youth justice. If you would prefer to participate in a two-part County Court Plea Advocacy discussion, please register for Stream 2 on this page.

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Program Overview

  • Criminal Law Conference - Friday 21 Jul
    • 8:30 AM Registration Begins
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Sentencing Forum

      What does the sentencing environment look like now that baseline sentencing has been abolished? Led by accomplished experts in this area, this engaging forum will discuss the Sentencing Advisory Committee’s report on the swift,certain and fair approach – a sentencing model for family violence offences. Our presenters will also discuss therapeutic jurisprudence and its application more widely in sentencing process and in the criminal justice system generally.

      Presenters:

      • Her Honour Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
      • Professor Arie Freiberg AM, Monash University, Chair, Sentencing Advisory Council
      • Justin Hannebery, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Moderator: Tania Wolff, LIV Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, LIV Councillor & Principal Lawyer, First Step Legal

    • 10:05 AM Review of Victorian Bail Laws

      Arising from the Bourke Street attack in January 2017, calls from the public and members of the legal profession to pursue bail reform led to the Andrews Labor Government announcing a review of Victoria’s bail system.

      With the review now complete, Victoria’s bail laws are set to be overhauled as the government begins implementing the recommendations made by the Honourable Justice Coghlan’s report. Proposed changes include transitioning the interim night court to be a bail and remand court operating from 9am–10pm and removing the presumption of bail for serious offences, including rape and armed robbery.  

      This session will give you a first look into Justice Coghlan’s review of Victorian bail laws following the Bourke Street tragedy and the recommendations which are set to change Victoria’s bail system.

      Presenter: The Honourable Justice Paul Coghlan, Supreme Court of Victoria

    • 11:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:20 AM Practice Management in Criminal Law

      The disruption in today’s legal landscape can be attributed to the introduction of advanced technologies, shifting legal work from external lawyers to in-house teams and the rise of multidisciplinary practices. To survive these changes, it is crucial for firms to embrace innovation by introducing new products, services, processes and strategies that add value while reducing costs and inefficient practices.

      Our panel of lawyers at the forefront of innovative legal practices will take you through their top tips for using technology in your criminal law practice. You will hear how technology is changing the criminal justice landscape – for better or worse – and how Artificial Intelligence can be used in criminal law.

      Panellists:

      • Jon Cina, Associate Director – Access & Equity, Victoria Legal Aid
      • Jacob Torney, Deputy Managing Lawyer – Advocacy, Victoria Legal Aid
      • Bill Doogue, Principal, Doogue O’Brien George
      • Scott Goodman, CEO, Goodman Group Lawyers

      Moderator: Peter Norden, Adjunct Professor, RMIT

    • 12:20 PM Networking Lunch
    • 1:15 PM Stream 1 – Developments in Family Violence

      This interactive session with Magistrate Goldsbrough and Melinda Walker will cover developments in family violence including what you need to know about  the new family violence specialist courts, cross jurisdictional issues when appearing for a client in family violence related hearings and how you as a practitioner can best assist the court in these matters.

      Presenters:

      • Her Honour Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
      • Jenny Anderson, Acting Family Violence Program Manager, Victoria Legal Aid

      Moderator: Melinda Walker, LIV Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, Principal, Melinda Walker Criminal Law

    • 2:15 PM Stream 1 – Youth Justice Panel

      Following the government’s decision in February to move the administration of youth justice from the Department of Health and Human Services to Corrections Victoria under the Department of Justice, this panel will examine the consequences of this transfer, including the human rights and children’s law implications.

      Presenters:

      • Her Honour Judge Amanda Chambers, President of the Children’s Court of Victoria
      • Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre
      • Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People

      Moderator: Melinda Walker

    • 3:15 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:30 PM The Ethics of Criminal Law Practice

      Join this interactive panel as they discuss the challenging ethical issues faced by criminal lawyers.

      Moderated by a senior ethics solicitor from the LIV, our highly experienced panellists will share real ethical issues they’ve encountered in the practice of criminal law and how they have resolved them. They will focus particularly on how they balance their paramount duty to the court and the administration of justice with their duty to advocate fearlessly for a client.

      Panellists:

      • Rob Stary, Principal, Stary Norton Halphen Criminal Lawyers
      • James Dowsley, Principal, James Dowsley & Associates
      • Her Honour Justice Jane Dixon, Supreme Court of Victoria

      Moderator: Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 4:30 PM Conference Close and Networking Drinks

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Featuring the highest calibre speakers presenting some of the most current and critical topics, the LIV’s Criminal Law Conference is the key professional development event for criminal lawyers. This year’s program once again includes breakout sessions so that you can choose the training that most benefits you and your practice. By registering for Stream 1, you will have access to all the joint sessions as well as seminars on family violence and youth justice. If you would prefer to participate in a two-part County Court Plea Advocacy discussion, please register for Stream 2 on this page.

    At the Criminal Law Conference, you will have the opportunity to engage in a unique blend of education that includes panel discussions, advocacy masterclasses, seminars and substantive law reviews to ensure you are prepared for the coming year.

    The LIV is delighted to host many of the top minds in criminal law and justice, particularly Justice Paul Coghlan of the Supreme Court of Victoria, who will be providing you with an overview of his review of Victoria’s bail laws.

    Register today for this full day of education on sentencing, innovation and technology in criminal law, family violence, youth justice and more.

  • Presenters

    Justin Hannebery, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Professor Arie Freiberg AM, Monash University, Chair, Sentencing Advisory Council

    Emeritus Professor Freiberg has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Tel Aviv University and has served as a consultant to the Federal, Victorian, South Australian and Western Australian governments on sentencing matters, as well as the Australian and South African Law Reform Commissions. In 2002 he completed a major review of sentencing for the Victorian Attorney-General published as Pathways to Justice. In July 2004, he was appointed Chair of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council and in February 2013 he was appointed Chair of the Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council.

    Her Honour Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

    Tania Wolff, LIV Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, LIV Councillor & Principal Lawyer, First Step Legal

    Tania is a LIV accredited specialist in criminal law and appears regularly as a solicitor advocate in court. She has particular expertise in drug and alcohol related criminal offending and a commitment to advancing therapeutic jurisprudence and justice reinvestment initiatives. Since 2007, she has worked as a solicitor advocate (criminal defence) with David Grace QC. In 2012 Tania was appointed principal lawyer to First Step Legal, being the legal service attached to the First Step drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in St Kilda.

    The Honourable Justice Paul Coghlan, Supreme Court of Victoria

    Jon Cina, Associate Director, Access & Equity, Victoria Legal Aid

    Jacob Torney, Deputy Managing Lawyer – Advocacy, Victoria Legal Aid

    Bill Doogue, Principal, Doogue O’Brien George

    Scott Goodman, CEO, Goodman Group Lawyers

    Her Honour Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

    Lisa Eldridge, FV Initiatives Program Manager, Court Services Victoria

    Melinda Walker, LIV Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, Principal, Melinda Walker Criminal Law

    Josh Taaffe, In-House Counsel, Doogue O’Brien George

    Her Honour Judge Lisa Hannan, County Court of Victoria

    Her Honour Judge Amanda Chambers, President of the Children’s Court of Victoria

    Hugh De Kretser, Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre

    Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People

    Her Honour Justice Jane Dixon, Supreme Court of Victoria

    Rob Stary, Principal, Stary Norton Halphen Criminal Lawyers

    James Dowsley, Principal, James Dowsley & Associates

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this conference, you will:

    • benefit from highly interactive and practical panel discussions
    • receive insights from Justice Coghlan on the proposed changes to bail following the review of Victoria’s bail system
    • gain a greater understanding of the work of Victoria’s specialist family violence courts
    • advance your advocacy skills in a plea workshop with judges from the Court and senior criminal law practitioners
    • benefit from a practical panel discussion on the ethical challenges that company criminal law practice and strategies to overcome these challenges
    • be empowered with actionable takeaways that you can immediately implement in your daily practice.