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Suicide Prevention Training

The Health & Wellbeing Committee is offering Suicide Prevention Training to barristers on the 28 November 2015 at 9.00am to 1.00pm. 

This training is free. We believe it is essential training for members of the Bar. The training will help barristers to be alert to the signs of risk and equipping them with the skills to respond in a protective way. RSVP’s should be addressed to by the 20th November 2015.

Plea Making and Sentencing Workshop

Presented by the Victorian Bar with the Australian Advocacy Institute and Bar Sponsor, George Georgiou SC the workshop will take place on Wednesday 16 September 2015 from 5pm -7pm and  Tastylia online Saturday 19 September 2015 from 9am – 5pm. Cost: $500. Expressions of interest are to be sent to by 31 August 2015. Click here for full details.

CPD – Boulton discussed (Thursday 12 Feb @ 1pm)

The Court of Appeal in R v Boulton [2014] VSCA 342, handed down just before Christmas, has given its first Guideline Judgment. It is very significant. A number of cases since then have resulted in sentences of a CCO where otherwise immediate imprisonment might have been expected.

Speaker(s):  Scott Johns and Michael Stanton

How making money online works quiz 1 CPD Point:    Substantive Law Time:                 1.00pm – 2.00pm LUNCHTIME Where:             Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

Free public lecture “Addressing the Phenomenon of Foreign Fighters”

The Castan Centre, in conjunction with Holding Redlich, is holding a free public lecture on Wednesday 4th February.

Professor Andrew Clapham

Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

a Holding Redlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow

‘Addressing the Phenomenon of “Foreign fighters”‘

Date: Wednesday 4 February 2015
Time: 6pm – 7.15pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: or telephone 03 9905 3327
Public lecture – All welcome

The lecture will focus on the phenomenon of “foreign fighters”, in light of the security measures being taken across the world against nationals fighting in foreign wars, particularly in Syria and Iraq. What are the international law and policy issues related to withdrawal of citizenship for those representing a security risk to Western countries, and other constraints on “foreign fighting”? This issue has become sadly more relevant after the revelation of the prior activities of the perpetrators of the recent terrorist attacks in France. Broader questions of “foreign fighting” will also be addressed, as the label can be applied in different ways. For example, issues arise regarding the prosecution of foreigners detained in Guantanamo, as well as abuses by private security companies.

Andrew Clapham is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He was the first Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (June 2006 – July 2014). He teaches international human rights law and public international law. Prior to coming to the Institute in 1997, he was the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York. Andrew Clapham has worked as Special Adviser on Corporate Responsibility to High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to Sergio Vieira de Mello, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq.

Australian Red Cross and the Development of International Humanitarian Law

CBA members are invited to attend the 2014 Australian Red Cross and Allens seminar.

Presented by Tim McCormack, the seminar is an opportunity to retrace the establishment of Australian Red Cross in the frenzied days after the outbreak of World War I and its development into a leader among national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the promotion of understanding of, and respect for, International Humanitarian Law.

Date: Thursday 13th November

Time: 6.00-8.00pm

Venue: Allens, Level 37, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne

Spaces are limited. Please RSVP by Wednesday 12 November at trybooking.

Download the flyer for more information


Message from John Coldrey QC

Just a word (or several) about the International Criminal Law Congress 2014.

The program is high-powered, extensive and professionally relevant – it positively reeks of CPD points and tax deductibility. You may not end up any wiser but you will certainly be much better informed!

Solicitors from the VLA and ODPP are flocking to the event creating an outstanding opportunity for networking (or as I call it, blatant self-promotion). This interaction can also be pursued at the Traditional Long Lunch, held (appropriately) in the MCG Longroom and/or at the Gala Dinner (held in a shorter, more intimate, room) These social activities may be attended independently of the actual conference. All the details are to be found at

You know you need to be there!

John Coldrey QC. (Honorary Figurehead)

Baseline sentencing CPD (lunchtime, Tues, 23 Sept)

This presentation will provide a summary of the data and findings in the Council’s new report ‘Calculating the Baseline Offence Median’. It is intended to assist practitioners to understand the implications of the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Act 2014 (Vic) (the Act).

In the report, the Council explains:

  • how the median counting rules prescribed under the Act differ from those used in the Council’s Sentencing Snapshot series
  • how much lower the current median sentences are compared to the medians prescribed under the Act
  • issues to consider when evaluating the baseline reforms
  • difficulties in predicting how the Act will influence future sentencing practices.

The presentation also discusses some of the challenges that exist to identifying common factors of those charges that receive the baseline median sentence, and previews the Council’s upcoming work in relation to some of the baseline offences.

CPDs this week

There are some great CPDs on this week.

Tonight (Monday 25 August) Jill Prior from the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is speaking on the topic of Aboriginal offenders in the Justice System.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 26 August) Senior Crown Prosecutor Peter Kidd SC and Crown Prosecutor Brendan Kissane are presenting a seminar relating to sentencing. Brendan will speak on the topic of Prosecution sentencing submissions post-Barbaro & Zirilli and Peter’s topic is Avoiding appellate error in sentencing.

On Thursday 28 August the Honourable Justice Kenneth Hayne AC is presenting a seminar on the topic of Applications for Special Leave to the High Court of Australia.

All of these CPDs are at 5.15pm in the Neil McPhee room.


DNA papers and recent High Court decision

The paper and powerpoint from last night’s CPD by Jane Taupin are available on the Publications page. Jane’s book, ‘Introduction to Forensic DNA Evidence for Criminal Justice Professionals’ (2013) is available on Amazon and at other online booksellers.

Also, note that the High Court last week decided Fitzgerald v The Queen [2014] HCA 28 on the question of whether the presence of DNA alone could satisfy a jury beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was present during an offence. The conviction was quashed.

Judge Gucciardo CPD this Thursday

Members are encouraged to attend this CPD on Thursday 7 August at 5.15pm in the Neil McPhee Room. His Honour Judge Gucciardo of the County Court will be speaking on the topic of Responsibility of Counsel.

Jury Advocacy Workshop

On 9 August the Bar is running the 2014 Jury Trial Advocacy Workshop. We have been able to secure a significant discount for members of the Criminal Bar Association and members will now pay $500.

Although details of the Indictable Crime Certificate are still to be finalised, you will be given credit for this workshop in the event it forms one of the requirements of the certificate.

This workshop is effectively a “dress rehearsal” for a trial and is a great way to practice your jury skills. I encourage members to enrol now as places are limited, contact May Lim in the Bar Office if you are interested in participating.

ANZAPPL Symposium

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry Psychology and the Law Winter Symposium – New Act, New Roles: The Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) will be held on  go here 2 August 2014 from 1.30pm – 6.00pm at the Victoria University, Conference Centre, Melbourne.

Hear perspectives from the leaders of key agencies on the practical application and roles of the new Mental Health Act.

source Speakers: Lynne Coulson Barr, Dr Mark Oakley Browne, Matthew Carroll and facilitated by Professor Jim Ogloff

See the attached ANZAPPL Winter Symposium 2014 flyer for full details. Registrations close 25 July 2014.

International Criminal Law Conference

trading binario italiano sicuri al 100 14th Annual International Criminal Law Congress – Melbourne
trading binario prova gratis Date: 8-12 October 2014,  Venue: MCG

Description: This Congress is held every two years and many of our members will have been to this excellently event in past years in other locations. This year the event is to be held at the MCG. 

The Congress Chair this time up is the Honourable John Coldrey QC, and the Committee includes our own Peter Chadwick QC, as well as Rob Stary, Greg Byrne (DOJ), and other representatives from the OPP, VLA and Monash University. 

The Congress is committed to advancing knowledge within the legal profession on all topics concerned with the criminal law.  It brings together practitioners, judges, policy officers, academics, students and other interested professionals to review current international research, trends, cases and practices; providing opportunities to exchange ideas and bring a range of national and international speakers together in relation to current topics. 

There is an excellent line up of seminars on the program including restorative justice, expert evidence, jury studies, the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse of Children, Jury Directions Act, the law and Neuroscience, Corporate Crime / Corruption Commission, OMG’s; as well as a great range of social events including the Congress Dinner and the Long Lunch in the Long Room.

Please go to for more details and registration.

NB. Substantial discount for early bird registration finishes this Friday, 25 July.

President Maxwell CPD on new Practice Note on Expert Evidence

The Supreme Court has issued a new Practice Direction on Expert Evidence in Criminal Trials that will apply to all criminal trials in the Supreme and County Courts from 1 July 2014 on a trial basis.

President Maxwell will be conducting a CPD Seminar on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at 5.15pm on the new Practice Direction.

All members are encouraged to attend.

Here is the Expert Evidence Practice Direction.

Special CPD with the A-G (Mon 28 April)

Members and guests are welcome to a special CPD session on Baseline Sentencing.

NOTE: the earlier time of 5pm (not 5.15pm).

Speakers: Attorney‐General Robert Clark, Paul Holdenson QC, Peter Morrissey SC, Jane Dixon QC (Chairman: William Alstergren QC)

Date: Monday, 28 April 2014
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

Upcoming CPD seminars

Monday, 24 February 2014

  • PSS Presentation – (Professional Standards Scheme)
  • Speaker(s): Gerard Meehan
  • 1 CPD point: Practice Management & Business Skills / Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Time: 5.15pm – 6.15pm
  • Where: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

Thursday, 6 March 2014

  • Interlocutory Appeals
  • Speaker(s): Richard Edney
  • Interlocutory Appeals: Existing Jurisprudence and Likely Future Trends
  • 1 CPD point: Substantive Law
  • Time: 5.15pm – 6.15pm
  • Where: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

  • Aggravated Individualism: Barbaro v The Queen and Sentencing
  • Speaker(s): Professor Arie Frieberg
  • 1 CPD point: Substantive Law
  • Time: 5.15pm – 6.15pm
  • Where: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

Thursday, 13 March 2014

  • Hearsay Evidence: First Hand Hearsay
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Speaker(s): Jason Harkess
  • 1 CPD point: Substantive Law
  • Time: 5.15pm – 6.15pm
  • Where: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

Thursday, 27 March 2014

  • Recent decisions in the Court of Appeal
  • Speaker(s): O P Holdenson QC
  • 1 CPD point: Substantive Law
  • Time: 5.15pm – 6.15pm
  • Where: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

Conference for prosecuting counsel (28 Apr)

Private counsel who are briefed to appear for the DPP will be invited to a one day conference on Monday 28 April 2014 (9am-4pm). Personal invitations will be sent out, but you may wish to note the date in your diaries. The conference will be held in Melbourne, covering the DPP’s procedures and policies and recent developments impacting on criminal prosecutions. Conference presenters will include leaders from the courts and the Crown Prosecutors’ Chambers.

CPD tonight – Interpretation of Forensic Reports

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Interpretation of Forensic Reports – a word of caution
Speaker(s): Dr Morris O’Dell, Senior Forensic Physician, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine; Chair: Michael Cahill
Interpretation of Forensic Reports
1 CPD point: Professional Skills / Substantive Law
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Where: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William St, Melbourne

CPD: ATS and poly drug use as a driver of social harm (16 Sept)

Speaker(s): Cate Quinn, Manager, Drug Branch, Victorian Forensic Science Centre

Monday, 16 September 2013, 5.15pm – 6.15pm

Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William St, Melbourne

Cate began her scientific career as a beer flavour analyst for Carlton United Breweries determining product (beer) quality, moving into the field of Forensic Drug Analysis in 1986 when she commenced work at the Victoria Forensic Science Centre.
Throughout a 25 year career she has specialised in drug work undertaking forensic analysis of blood alcohol samples, general drug analysis, clandestine laboratory crime scene & analysis and the initiation and development of the Chemical Drug Intelligence unit.

Currently Cate holds the position of Manager Drug Branch where she is responsible for ensuring the delivery of all non-coronial forensic drug services to Victoria Police and the Justice System. In addition, a large portion of her time and energy is dedicated to the development of the Chemical Drugs Intelligence project which focuses upon the application of forensic drug intelligence data for Law Enforcement and Health Services concerned with research into drug trends and emerging problem areas.
Major projects and research undertaken by Cate include the study of THC levels in Victorian cannabis seizures, the National Working Group on precursor chemicals, Expert Scheduling Committee looking at national drug legislation and the clandestine laboratory national database, international Working Group – drug standards and guidelines (SWGDRUG)

CPD: A-G on legislative changes (Thurs 12 Sept)

The State Government’s program for legislative changes in the criminal law

Speaker(s): Hon Robert Clark MP, Attorney General

1 CPD point:  Substantive Law
Time:  5.15pm – 6.15pm
Where:  Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William St, Melbourne

We strongly recommend you attend this event to hear this important update from the Attorney-General