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Welcome to the Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT


The 2019 CLANT AGM will be held at 4.45 pm (note change of time; brought forward from 5.15 pm to avoid clash with Battle of the Legal Bands) on Friday 22 November 2019 at the offices of NAAJA, 61 Smith St, Darwin City.

We will have AVL to the NAAJA offices at Katherine and Alice Springs so that our members throughout the Territory can attend.

Order of business:

  1. Confirmation of minutes of last AGM: draft Minutes of the 2018 AGM are here
  2. Treasurer’s report: Financial Report 2018/2019
  3. President’s report
  4. Special resolution re life membership of Russell Goldflam
  5. Any other business
  6. Election of committee

All CLANT members are cordially invited to attend or, if they are unable to do so, to vote by proxy.

Persons wishing to participate in the AGM who are not current members are encouraged to apply to join the Association or renew their membership prior to the AGM by emailing the CLANT Treasurer transferring $20 (the biennial membership fee) to:

Account name: Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory

BSB: 035-302

Account number: 69-0326

Membership applications and renewals will also be accepted at the door shortly prior to the commencement of the AGM. Please forward this email to prospective members within your networks.

For members who wish to participate in the AGM decision-making process, but who are unable to attend in person, please use this Proxy form.

For members who wish to nominate for a position on the 2019-21 CLANT Committee please use this Nomination Form.

Current nominees are:

  • President: Marty Aust
  • Vice-Presidents (up to 3 maximum) Tamzin Lee
  • Secretary/Public Officer: Sarah Gibbs
  • Treasurer: Nicola MacCarron
  • Committee Members (up to 10 maximum): Anneke Bossard, Mary Chalmers, Stephen Karpeles, James Stuchbery, Naomi Loudon, Shane McMaster, Ray Murphy
  • Immediate Past President (ex officio): Russell Goldflam

Following the meeting will we be heading to William Forster Chambers to enjoy the fantastic entertainment at their annual ‘Battle of the Legal Bands’ event.



With its theme True Crime NT: Murder et al, CLANT ‘s 17th biennial conference embraced the popular culture of crime podcasts, documentaries and dramatisations.

Here are the presentations.


The Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT) has some 150 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 30 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, write to the CLANT Treasurer, 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.


If you are interested in joining the CLANT Committee, please let us know.


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