ANU/NJCA Sentencing Conference 2020

Date & time

8.30am Saturday 29 February – 2pm Sunday 1 March 2020


Australian National University, Acton, ACT


For interstate visitors, we offer suggestions for accommodation near ANU.



Presented by National Judicial College of Australia

ANU/NJCA Sentencing Conference 2020

The National Judicial College of Australia and the Australian National University will hold their next annual conference at the Australian National University in Canberra on Saturday 29th February & Sunday 1st March 2020. The theme for 2020 is Sentencing.

Below is a list of sessions.  A link to the draft program* can be found at the bottom of this page.

Registrations for the conference are now open; an early bird registration period is available until 31st January, 2020. Registrations fees are as follows:

Full registration:            $600 ($520 early bird)

Student registration*:   $160 ($140 early bird)

*Full time students only; proof of student status will be required.

Session 1: Commonwealth Law Round-up
Ms Sarah McNaughton SC, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Session Chair: Justice Wendy Abraham, Federal Court of Australia

Session 2: Your right to have a full or balanced report on sentences
Chief Judge Peter Kidd SC, County Court of Victoria
Session Chair: The Hon Geoff Muecke, former Chief Judge, District Court of South Australia

Session 3: It’s too late now to say sorry: Sentencing for Contempt of Court
Justice Natalie Adams, Supreme Court of New South Wales
Ms Belinda Baker, New South Wales Crown Prosecutor
Session Chair: Justice Shane Gill, Family Court of Australia

Session 4: The Punitive Impact of Fines and Court Levies
Associate Professor Julia Quilter, University of Wollongong
Session Chair: Chief Magistrate Steven Heath, Magistrates Court of Western Australia

Session 5: Incidental Consequences
Dr Wendy Kukulies-Smith, ANU College of Law, Australian National University
Associate Professor Peter Billing, University of Queensland
Session Chair: Justice Desmond Fagan, Supreme Court of New South Wales

Keynote Address
Professor Nicola Lacey, London School of Economics
Session Chair: Dr Arlie Loughnan,University of Sydney

Session 6: Taking Indigenous Experience into Account in Sentencing
Associate Professor Thalia Anthony, University of Technology Sydney
Judge Sophia Beckett, District Court of New South Wales
Ms Vanessa Edwige, Consultant Psychologist
Miss Karlene Phillips, Five Bridges
Judge Dina Yehia SC, District Court of New South Wales
Session Chair: Dr Anthony Hopkins, ANU College of Law, Australian National University

Session 7: Restorative Justice in the Aftermath of Environmental Offending: Theory and Practice
Mr Mark Hamilton, University of New South Wales
Mr Tom Howard SC, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers
Session Chair: Justice Rachel Pepper, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales

Session 8: The Sentencing Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Where Now?
Magistrate Hugh Donnelly, Local Court of New South Wales
Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM, Monash University
Session Chair: Judge Meryl Sexton, County Court of Victoria


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