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Welcome to the Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT

CLANT is delighted to announce that our 16th biennial Bali Conference, on the theme "Justice on the Sniff of an Oily Rag", will be held at the Prama Sanur Beach Hotel, commencing with a Welcome Party on Saturday 24 June 2017 and concluding with a Gala Dinner on Friday 30 June 2017.

The Conference Program is now available.  The Keynote Speaker is Chief Justice Wayne Martin (Supreme Court, Western Australia).  Other speakers include Justice Judith Kelly (Supreme Court, Northern Territory), Judge David Parsons (County Court, Victoria), Chief Judge John Lowndes (Local Court, Northern Territory), Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg (Victoria), a fistful of silks, an ivory tower of academics, and, of course, lashings of criminal lawyers.  For further details, here are speaker bios and presentation abstracts.

Solusi Business Solutions, our conference organisers, are holding confirmed accommodation with great rates for all room categories.  Book now!

This is an extra special occasion for CLANT, because our very first Bali Conference was — can you believe it — thirty years ago.  Here's how we scrubbed up back then. If you've got any photographs (preferably non-illicit) from past CLANT conferences, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can relive those magic moments.

  1987 photo


The Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT) has almost 100 members in the NT. Through our biennial conference – “the Bali Conference” – we have welcomed many hundreds more criminal lawyers from every jurisdiction in Australia to join us.  One of the key features of this website is CLANT's archive of papers, presentations and play-readings given at our biennial conferences over the years.

For over 25 years, CLANT has been an effective and powerful voice for the improvement of the criminal justice system in the Northern Territory, representing both defence lawyers and prosecutors, practitioners from the public sector, the private profession and the independent bar.

In a jurisdiction where offending rates, incarceration rates and recidivism rates are higher, and growing faster, than anywhere else in Australia, there are enormous challenges for the criminal justice system.

The Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory is strongly committed to addressing these problems. Among our Objects and Purposes are:

  • to promote and advance the administration of the criminal justice system and development and improvement of criminal law throughout the Northern Territory
  •  to actively contribute in public debates in issues relating to the criminal justice system
  • to promote and encourage the protection of human rights and compliance with international human rights principles in the Northern Territory
  • to promote the professional discourse, development and social interaction amongst the profession

In pursuit of these Objects, CLANT is proud to promote and support a range of campaigns, programs and causes


Membership is open to any person who either contributes to the field of criminal law or criminal jurisprudence, or who practices criminal law, in the Northern Territory of Australia.  Law students are eligible to be Associate Members. If you wish to become a member of CLANT and are eligible for membership, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and pay the biennial membership fee, which is currently $20.  In addition, all persons who are eligible for membership and attend the biennial CLANT conference, thereby become members.

The 16th biennial CLANT Bali Conference will be from 24 to 30 June 2017.  Once again, the conference will be organised by Solusi Business Solutions. Contact Solusi to register your interest in attending. 

The fragrant and topical 2017 conference theme is "Justice on the sniff of an oily rag".

The This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">conference organising committee  is now calling for 30 minute long papers.  Kindly register your interest by 30 November 2016.


























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