CDU First Nations Workshop: call for papers

The School of Law, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia will hold its second Law Research Workshop and Student Showcase on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th August 2016 to exchange knowledge related to the theme of Empowering and Disempowering First Nations People through Law and Policy.


The organisers have issued this call for papers. 

15th International Criminal Law Congress

The program has been announced and registrations are open for "30 Years On", the 15th International Criminal Law Congress, from 12 to 16 October at the InterContinental Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia. 

Amonst the very impressive lineup of speakers are Chief Justice Robert French, Justice Lex Lasry, Frank Brennan SJ, Terry O'Gorman AM, Kevin Borick QC, Marie Shaw QC, Lindy Powell QC... and CLANT Vice-President Felicity Gerry QC.

Chief Minister v Bad Youth

On 17 May 2016, Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles posted the following on his Facebook account.  Apparently, there is an election brewing...

Enough is enough.

We give rogue youth every chance, but they still break in to our homes, smash up our cars and cause trouble.
They commit crimes, then they get bail, they commit more crimes, then they use diversion and it goes on and on... but we still end up getting our houses broken in to and our cars smashed up, and everything else.
Despite strong police action, a very active minority continues to reoffend....
The Police are doing a great job, but the legislation is letting us down.
So, in Cabinet today we're considering legislation that says no longer will bad youths be given the presumption of bail.
The reason we're doing this – we hear what's going on in your community.
We try and do the right thing by youth.
Nobody wants to see a kid in jail, but nobody wants to see our cars getting smashed up and our houses getting broken in to.

That's it. Had enough.

POSTPONED: Women Lawyers Association CPD 27 May 2016

NOTE:

THIS EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: 24 MAY 2016

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2017 Bali Conference: save the dates!

CLANT is delighted to announce that plans are underway for our 16th biennial Bali Conference, 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.  If you're interested in presenting a paper, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank God for the Salvos!

CLANT members have long agitated for the NT Government to establish a bus service to enable family and friends to visit inmates at the Darwin Correctional Centre, which is 30 km from the city centre.  The Salvation Army has generously agreed to trial a service to fill this pressing need, starting in May 2016. This is no substitute for a publicly funded service, but good on the Salvos for stepping into the breach.  Bus seats can be reserved can be made when booking visits with the DCC.

 

 

Tuesday

Thursday

Saturday

 

Salvation Army Anula

3 Yanula Drive, Anula

8:15am for 9:30am visits

 

9:45am for 11am visits

 

 

1:15pm for 2:30pm visits

8:15am for 9:30am visits

 

9:45am for 11am visits

 

 

1:15pm for 2:30pm visits

8:15am for 9:30am visits

 

9:45am for 11am visits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army Church

Corner Temple Terrace and Woodroffe Avenue

12 noon for 1pm visits

 

12 noon for 1pm visits

 

12 noon for 1pm visits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

Thursday

Saturday

 

Salvation Army Anula

3 Yanula Drive, Anula

8:15am for 9:30am visits

 

9:45am for 11am visits

 

 

1:15pm for 2:30pm visits

8:15am for 9:30am visits

 

9:45am for 11am visits

 

 

1:15pm for 2:30pm visits

8:15am for 9:30am visits

 

9:45am for 11am visits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army Church

Corner Temple Terrace and Woodroffe Avenue

12 noon for 1pm visits

 

12 noon for 1pm visits

 

12 noon for 1pm visits

 

 

 

Justice Lex Lasry to deliver Fourth Tony Fitzgerald Lecture

CLANT is delighted to announce that on 23 June 2016 Hon Justice at 5.30 pm Lex Lasry AM QC of the Supreme Court of Victoria will deliver the Fourth Tony Fitzgerald memorial Lecture at the Northern Territory Library, Darwin.  Mark your diaries.

Lex Lasry was admitted to practise law in Victoria in 1973 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990. He acted as a junior counsel before the Costigan Royal Commission, counsel with the National Crime Authority, and was the Royal Commissioner for the Inquiry into the Victorian Metropolitan Ambulance Service. Between 2003 and 2006 Lasry acted as senior counsel assisting the Coronial inquiry into the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

Lasry was the former chair of the Victorian Criminal Bar Association, and in August 2004 was appointed the independent observer representing the Law Council of Australia at the trial of Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks. He attended Military Commission hearings at Guantanamo Bay in August 2004 and March 2007.

As a senior partner with Slater & Gordon, Lasry acted as defence counsel in several high-profile criminal cases in Australia and overseas, including Joseph Thomas in a high-profile Australian terror trial (see R v Thomas [2006] VSCA 165). Lasry represented Van Tuong Nguyen in the high-profile case in which Van Nguyen was convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore in 2002 and executed in December 2005. In 2007 Lasry was awarded the Law Council of Australia's inaugural Presidents Medal for his pro bono representation of Van Nguyen in 2005, and for his outstanding work as Independent Legal Observer for Hicks in 2004 and 2005. He also took up the case of two members of "the Bali nine", Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were executed in April 2015. He has been a longstanding opponent of the use of the death penalty, arguing "when the state kills a citizen, no matter what they have done, the community is diminished by the killing.” In reference to the Bali Nine, Lasry stated "The idea that the government would take individuals out into the bush and shoot them is something I can never live with... and from a legal viewpoint, it has no deterrent value." In accordance with that stand, Lasry declined to attend the CLANT Bali conference in June 2015.

Lasry was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 23 October 2007. He was the trial judge for the murder trial against Hugo Alastair Rich and the re-trial of Robert Farquharson.

He has chaired appellate hearings for the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), holds a motor racing licence, is the drummer for the band The Lex Pistols, is a longtime supporter of the St Kilda Football Club, and has served on the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Law at Monash University.

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Local Court reforms commence

On 1 May 2016, the Local Court Act 2015 and associated legislation commenced.  This substantial and significant statutory package simplifies, consolidates and reforms summary criminal practice and procedure in the Northern Territory.  The Department of Attorney-General and Justice has produced this practitioner's guide.

Michael Grant CJ

CLANT offers our hearty congratulations to Northern Territory Solicitor-General Michael Grant QC on his appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

Riley CJ farewell dinner: save the date

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Save the Date

The Judges and Master of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory wish to advise that a farewell dinner will be held on 16 April 2016 in the Supreme Court Foyer to mark the retirement of the Honourable Chief Justice Trevor Riley. 

Further details including costs will be provided in due course.  Would you please register your interest in attending by contacting Liz Hochman on 08 8999 6472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Happy New Patron!

CLANT is delighted to celebrate the New Year by announcing that that our new Patron is the Hon Justice Dean Mildren AC RFD QC.  Justice Mildren, a Life Member of CLANT, has been an indefatigable and unparalleled contributor to the affairs of the Association, not least by way of the extraordinarily varied papers he has presented at the Bali Conference, including:

Justice Mildren is currently an Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, and as such, despite his nominal retirement in 2013, he continues to play a leading role in the  administration of criminal justice in the Northern Territory. He is frequently in Darwin, and also travels on circuit to Alice Springs, so CLANT members have plenty of opportunities to catch up with him. 

Justice Mildren replaces the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC, a judge of the High Court of Australia, as our Patron.  CLANT thanks Justice Bell for her support and service to the Association, not only over the handful of years since becoming our Patron, but also over a much longer period, through her strong professional and personal connections with many of our members. Justice Bell has been and remains an exemplar, and an inspiration, to us.

 

And the winners are... the 2015 Fitzgeralds!

CLANT congratulates the winners, those who were highly commended, and all nominees for "The Fitzgeralds", the 2015 Northern Territory Human Rights Awards, as reported here.

Special thanks to this year's judging panel, Justice Blokland (CLANT Life Member), Sally Sievers (NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner) and Chips Mackinolty (CLANT Artist in Residence).

For the record, the winners are:

  • Youth Award - Joint winners Shahleena Musk and Stronger Sisters
  • Justice Award - Joint winners Police Caution – Aboriginal Interpreter Service and Larrakia Nation Night Patrol
  • Social Change Award - Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network
  • Diversity Award - Joint Winners: Football Without Borders and Somerville Community Services

CLANT is proud to be a sponsor and supporter of the Fitzgeralds.

 

Domestic and Family Violence Proposals Issues Paper Submission

On 25 November 2015, White Ribbon Day, CLANT provided this submission in response to the Northern Territory government's Domestic and Family Violence Proposals Issues Paper.

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