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2021 Criminal Law Conference

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2021 Criminal Law Conference

Date & TimeTBC
Format Webinar
Price

Member

$560.00

Non-Member

$700.00

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

As we reflect on how the profession has successfully adapted in the face of rapid change, the 2021 conference program focuses on new practice realities for criminal lawyers. Join us as leading jurists, respected barristers and expert practitioners lead sessions on the latest law reforms, policy debates and ethics issues.

Choose between two streams and select content most relevant to you:

  • Stream 1 – Advocacy & Upskilling
  • Stream 2 – Criminal Justice: New Practice Realities

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • Criminal Law Conference 2021 - Thursday 19 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 & Welcome
    • 9:10 AM The ‘New Normal’ in the Magistrates’ Court

      In this session, hear Her Honour Judge Lisa Hannan, Chief Magistrate of Victoria, speak about current and future initiatives in the Magistrates’ Court. Practitioners will be able to glean what the ‘new normal’ is looking like in terms of progressing criminal law matters through the justice system.

      Her Honour will provide updates on current issues in the Magistrates’ Court, how WebEx/OMC is being used and the vision for the future and what this means for practitioners.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: Her Honour Chief Magistrate Lisa Hannan, Magistrates' Court of Victoria

      Chair: Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 9:45 AM Keynote Address by Nicholas Papas QC: Trial by Media & the Criminal Justice Process

      In this highly thought-provoking presentation, Acting Northern Territory Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Papas QC, will draw on his past experiences as both jurist and advocate to discuss the interplay between balancing the rights of an accused, promoting public confidence in the justice system and the role media plays when reporting crime.   

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Keynote: Nicholas Papas QC, Acting Northern Territory Director of Public Prosecutions

      Chair: Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 10:30 AM Morning Tea Break
    • 10:45 AM New Directions in Restorative Justice & Therapeutic Jurisprudence

      Recognising that crime has a social dimension, restorative justice (RJ) and therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) take a holistic view of 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.

      In this session, Her Honour Magistrate Pauline Spencer, LIV President Tania Wolff, academics Stan Winford and Professor Arie Freiberg AM will explore how potential reforms under the umbrella of RJ and TJ may be the key to ensuring quality criminal law practice where empathy remains at the heart of all processes.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Panellists:

      • Her Honour Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria 
      • Emeritus Professor Dr Arie Freiberg AM, Faculty of Law, Monash University; Chair, Sentencing Advisory Council, Victoria
      • Stan Winford, Associate Director, Research Innovation & Reform at Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

      Chair & Moderator: Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 11:45 AM Broad Directions in Sentencing Reform

      Renowned sentencing expert, Professor Arie Freiberg AM, examines some broad directions in sentencing reform. 

      Topics include:

      • Recent trends in the use of imprisonment and other sanctions and explore the adequacy of the current sentencing hierarchy
      • Indigenous and First nations issues in sentencing
      • Sentencing guidance schemes

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: Emeritus Professor Dr Arie Freiberg AM, Faculty of Law, Monash University; Chair, Sentencing Advisory Council, Victoria

      Chair: Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 12:30 PM Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

      Most people are shocked to hear the age of criminal responsibility in Australia is just 10 years of age. This is out of step with medical evidence about child development and international standards.

      In this session, the Human Rights Law Centre's legal director, Meena Singh, and government relations manager, Lauren Frost, will discuss the Raise the Age campaign which was launched last year, which is gaining more and more momentum from different sectors of the community. They will examine how the low age of criminal responsibility disproportionately impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, explain the campaign so far, and share how individuals can make an impact.

      This session includes opportunities to engage with the presenters and fellow attendees through online polls and 10 mintutes of Q&A.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Meena Singh, Legal Director, Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC)
      • Lauren Frost, Government Relations Manager Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC); ‘Raise the Age’ campaign manager

      Chair: Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 1:00 PM Lunch Break
    • 2:00 PM Streamed Session – Choose ONE of the following streams: Advocacy & Upskilling or Criminal Justice

      This session and the following session is streamed. Choose which stream you'd like to attend at checkout: Advocacy & Upskilling (stream 1) or Criminal Justice (stream 2).

      Stream 1 – Advocacy & Upskilling Session:
      Guidance on Written & Oral Advocacy: Q & A

      Join leading advocates Julia Munster, Paul Smallwood and Sam Norton as they reflect on why barristers and solicitor advocates need to upskill and adapt their court craft to respond effectively and confidently in online environments.

      Topics covered in this interactive Q & A panel include advice on:

      • How to prepare and appear in WEBEX hearings
      • Running through the practice directions
      • How to examine and cross-examine witnesses
      • How to file exhibits in an online setting
      • How to obtain diversion on the papers
      • Getting your point across softly

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Panellists:

      • Julia Munster, Chief Counsel, Victoria Legal Aid
      • Paul J Smallwood, Barrister, Victorian Bar 
      • Sam Norton, Partner, Stary Norton Halphen; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

      Chair & Moderator: Nicole Spicer, Managing Principal Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO); Co-chair LIV Criminal Law Executive Committee 


      Stream 2 – Criminal Justice: New Practice Realities Session:
      Post-Sentence Proceedings Under the Serious Offenders Act 2018 (Vic)

      In recent years there has been an expansion in Victoria’s post-sentence scheme. This seminar will provide a survey of the law and practice related to Victoria’s post-sentence supervision and detention regime. The presenters will explain the meaning and consequence of a person qualifying as a ‘serious sexual offender’ or ‘serious violent offender’ under the Serious Offenders Act 2018 (Vic). Participants will learn the basic landscape of the post-sentence regime, as well as being introduced to some of the key legal principles that apply in post-sentence proceedings.  

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Kristie Churchill, Crown Prosecutor, Office of Public of Prosecutions Victoria
      • Raphael De Vetri, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Chair & Moderator: Kristina Kothrakis, Criminal Law Accredited Specialist; Partner, Doogue + George; Deputy Chair, LIV Criminal Law Executive Committee
    • 2:45 PM Streamed Session – Choose ONE of the following streams: Advocacy & Upskilling or Criminal Justice

      This session and the previous session is streamed. Choose which stream you'd like to attend at checkout: Advocacy & Upskilling (stream 1) or Criminal Justice (stream 2).

      Stream 1 – Advocacy & Upskilling Session:
      Mental Health Assessments: In conversation with distinguished Professor Ogloff AM

      Having a working understanding of mental health and cognitive disorders is a priority for many criminal lawyers. Courts are currently placing greater emphasis on not only the static details of a case, but rather the dynamic risks of future offending.

      In this interview-style conversation that merges stories with frequently asked questions, Liam McAuliffe and Professor Ogloff will explore fascinating case studies where forensic behavioural science and the law coincide.

      Learn from our nation’s foremost leader in this field on how to upskill in order to obtain better quality mental health assessments and forensic reports on behalf of clients.

      Compliance area: Professional Skills/Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Professor James R. P. Ogloff AM University Distinguished Professor Director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Swinburne University of Technology and Executive Director, Psychological Services and Research Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare)
      • Liam McAuliffe, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Chair: Nicole Spicer, Managing Principal Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO); Co-chair LIV Criminal Law Executive Committee


      Stream 2 – Criminal Justice: New Practice Realities Session:
      Current Practice Realities & Predictions for the Future: Q & A with the Accredited Specialists

      Join criminal law Accredited Specialists, Mel Walker, Peter Rankin and Jarrod Behan, as they reflect on and discuss the new practice realities in every jurisdiction with a focus on the Magistrates’ Court. 

      Topics to be explored include:

      • What do we accept as different?
      • What hearings should we keep online?
      • What should change?
      • What we would have done differently?
      • How do we prepare clients for online hearings?
      • How can we future-proof our practices?

      Compliance area: Professional Skills/Practice Management & Business Skills

      Panellists:

      • Melinda Walker, Criminal Law Accredited Specialist
      • Peter Rankin, Rankin Lawyers; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist
      • Jarrod Behan, Senior Associate, Stary Norton Halphen; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

      Chair: Kristina Kothrakis, Criminal Law Accredited Specialist; Partner, Doogue + George; Deputy Chair, LIV Criminal Law Executive Committee

    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea Break
    • 3:45 PM Ethics & Professional Responsibilities in Criminal Law Practice

      Our panel will consider recent ethics examples relevant to criminal law practice including a solicitor's paramount duty to the court and administration of justice, inadvertent disclosure of confidential information, conflict of interest, duty of confidentiality, and solicitor as a material witness. As in the past, polls and comments from expert criminal law practitioners will be used to facilitate audience interaction and online discussion. 

      Ethical dilemmas based on real cases will be posed by the Panel members to prompt lively and interactive discussion and debate.

      Compliance area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

      Moderators:

      • 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

      Panellists:

      • Alice Cooney, Criminal Law Accredited Specialist; Principal Solicitor, Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria
      • Kristina Kothrakis, Criminal Law Accredited Specialist; Partner, Doogue + George
    • 4:45 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    As we reflect on how the profession has successfully adapted in the face of rapid change, the 2021 conference program focuses on new practice realities for criminal lawyers. Learn from colleagues on the ground who have become adept at online advocacy and navigating the nuances of each jurisdiction.

    Join Chief Magistrate Lisa Hannan, Nicholas Papas QC, Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM and various expert practitioners as they lead interactive sessions on the latest law reforms, policy debates and ethics issues. Be inspired by stories, case studies and actionable advice from the leaders of our criminal law community to learn, grow and evolve your own professional practice.     

    Two afternoon sessions are streamed, allowing for a more tailored learning experience. Select which of the two streams you’d like to attend at checkout.

    Learning Outcomes & Benefits

    • Enhance your expertise with updates on key developments in sentencing, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, human rights, youth justice, expert evidence, practice directions and the latest criminal law reforms
    • Learn how to adapt your advocacy skills to be highly effective in online environments
    • Engage in dialogue with other practitioners, to share tips and tricks on how to manage virtual courtroom challenges and general ethical dilemmas
    • Seize the day and then relax in the evening over networking drinks that provide an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends to maintain important working relationships
    • Access to recorded sessions for you to reflect and share your learnings with your team

    Networking Drinks - Cancelled

    Due to the extended Melbourne lockdown, we regret to announce that the post-conference networking drinks have been cancelled. Conference registrants will receive an invitation to a replacement networking event when it is safe to gather in person.

  • Presenters

    Keynote speaker: Nicholas Papas QC, Acting Northern Territory Director of Public Prosecutions

    Her Honour Chief Magistrate Lisa Hannan

    Her Honour Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria 

    Emeritus Professor Dr Arie Freiberg AM, Faculty of Law, Monash University; Chair, Sentencing Advisory Council, Victoria

    Stan Winford, Associate Director, Research Innovation & Reform at Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

    Meena Singh, Legal Director, Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC)

    Lauren Frost, Government Relations Manager, Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC); ‘Raise the Age’ campaign manager

    Julia Munster, Chief Counsel, Victoria Legal Aid

    Paul J Smallwood, Barrister, Victorian Bar 

    Sam Norton, Partner, Stary Norton Halphen; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

    Kristie Churchill, Crown Prosecutor, Office of Public of Prosecutions Victoria

    Raphael De Vetri, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Professor James R. P. Ogloff AM, University Distinguished Professor Director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Swinburne University of Technology and Executive Director, Psychological Services and Research Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare)

    Liam McAuliffe, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Melinda Walker, Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

    Peter Rankin, Rankin Lawyers; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

    Jarrod Behan, Senior Associate, Stary Norton Halphen; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

    Alice Cooney, Principal Solicitor, Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

    Kristina Kothrakis, Partner, Doogue + George; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

  • Registration, Pricing & Webinar Information

    Registration Details

    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.

    Full Pricing Details

    LIV member early bird price (until 29 July): $448
    Standard member price: $560
    Accredited Specialist/Young Lawyer/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $490
    Non-member price: $700

    Not yet a member? Join the LIV and save on continuing professional development, training and events. Members also have access to exclusive resources, practice support services and discounts from our partners. Click here to learn more about membership or call 03 9607 9470 to join now.

    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 day before 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 at register@liv.asn.au or 03 9607 9473.

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