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:
- Proposals for Sentencing Reform in the Northern Territory (1993)
- Redressing the Imbalance against Aboriginals in the criminal justice system (1995)
- Criminal law and lawyers in the 21st Century (1997)
- Don’t give me any L.I.P. (1999)
- White collar crime, civil penalties, auditors, & section 80 of the Constitution (2003)
- Habeas Corpus and detention under the Migration Act 1958 and the Crimes Act 1914 (2005)
- Customary law: is it still relevant? (2007)
- Crown Appeals and Double Jeopardy (2011)
- Lawyers as Victims: a Romp through Literature and Politics (2013)
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.