Welcome to the Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT



Check your passport, book your flights – come back to CLANT’s ever growing, ever popular criminal law conference.

From Saturday 22 June 2019 to Friday 29 June 2019 the 17th biennial conference will return to CLANT’s spiritual home – The Hyatt Regency Sanur formerly The Bali Hyatt!



Embracing the popular culture of crime podcasts, documentaries and dramatisations, CLANT brings you:

True Crime NT: Murder et al

This conference takes you behind the scenes and will introduce you to the major players in some of Australia and the NT’s most high profile cases.

Through practical based papers we will explore the legal skills, arguments and techniques that have helped to shape criminal jurisprudence and folklore.

This conference is a must for all who practice in criminal law, with a focus on developing practical skills to assist junior and senior advocates alike.

The key note address will be delivered by Judge George Georgiou, a friend to the Territory and former CLANT committee member.  Judge Georgiou, who has recently been appointed to the County Court of Victoria, led the defence team in the mammoth re-trial – and ultimate acquittal – of David Eastman, charged with the murder of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester.

The conference promises to be our biggest yet and will host our usual events including the ever impressive ‘Bali players’ performing a new production, written and directed by life member Rex Wild QC.

Please save the dates, mark your diaries and book in your leave for what will be a fun, practical and educational week of networking amongst friends, colleagues and old sparring partners.

For all enquiries please contact Dee Berkley via email on dee@solusibs.com


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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