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Criminal Law Conference 2019




Law Society of Tasmania

CPD Points



Blundstone Arena Ricky Ponting Room

15 Derwent Street Bellerive, Tasmania 7018

CPD Points: 6 (SL, PS, PM and E) 

Registrations Closing Tomorrow!

Venue: Blundstone Arena - Ricky Ponting Room
Registration desk opens  - 9.45am 
Closing remarks, canapes and drinks - 5.20pm

Who should attend

Criminal Lawyers | Litigation Lawyers | Early Career Lawyers interested in Criminal Law

Registration includes:

  • Attendance at all conference sessions 
  • Lunch and afternoon tea
  • Post-conference drinks
  • Papers
  • Draw to win a gift proudly sponsored by Stewart Title
  • Draw to win CPD Assist 
  • Draw to win a $500 (regalia supplier) gift voucher - proudly sponsored by Ludlow's 

Ludlows will be onsite throughout the day to attend to fittings and assist with legal regalia queries.



The Hon Justice Helen Wood | The Hon Justice Michael Brett | Chief Magistrate Catherine Geason | Magistrate Glenn Hay | Daryl Coates SC (DPP) | Linda Mason SC (DPP) | Rebekah O'Meagher, (CDPP) | Tim Marsh (VLA) | Garth Stevens (Liverpool Chambers) | Evan Hughes (Rae & Partners) | Jackie Hartnett (DPP)




9.45am      Registration and coffee/tea on arrival

9.55am      Welcome and Opening Jackie Hartnett, Principal Crown Counsel, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

10.00am     Criminal Law: Year in Review  

This update will:

  • Review, and consider the implications of, amendments to the Sentencing Act and Criminal Code
  • Highlight future developments in sentencing matters

Speaker: Jackie Hartnett, Principal Crown Counsel, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 

10.30am    Vicarious Trauma - Dealing with Confronting and Sexual Crimes   

Session Outline:

  • Why do some cases get under our skin?
  • What is Vicarious Trauma and how does it affect practitoners?
  • My own experience of VT in the context of representing difficult clients in difficult cases
  • How VT can be managed on an individual level
  • How VT can be avoided on an organisational level

Some key messages:

  • No-one is immune: there is a combination of practitioner, case and point in time that may result in the practitioner experiencing VT
  • VT and resilience are inextricably linked. Strategies that focus on building personal resilience are a strong preventative of VT
  • Waiting until a crisis happens means you end up dealing with more than the presenting issue. Knowing your limits and understanding the expectations you have of others is crucial to preventing VT

Speaker: Tim Marsh, Chief Counsel, Victoria Legal Aid

11.25pm     Sentencing Considerations in Sexual Crimes 

This session focusses on the main sentencing aims and considerations in relation to sex crimes:

  • from the Defence and Prosecution perspective;
  • in light of legislative changes and the recent Court of Appeal viewpoint; and
  • offer a practical perspective, including the traps and pitfalls, when preparing for a sexual sentencing matter

Speakers: Linda Mason SC, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Garth Stevens, Barrister, Liverpool Chambers


12.20pm    Lunch


1.10pm    Evidence Act - Tendency and Coincidence in Sexual Crimes  

This session will consider the Evidence Act, Criminal Code and changes around tendency and coincidence in sexual crimes:

  • Post 2017 amendments such as to ss101 and 326(3)
  • In light of recent High Court decisions

Speakers: Her Hon. Justice Helen Wood, Supreme Court of Tasmania, and Daryl Coates, SC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

2.05pm     Court Mandated Drug Diversion Lists 

Speaker: Magistrate Glenn Hay, Magistrates Court of Tasmania


2.50pm    Afternoon Tea


3.20pm      Ethics in Sentencing: Q&A

Moderated by Jackie Hartnett, Principal Crown Counsel, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, this Q&A-style session on ethics in sentencing will provide: 

  • An insight on ethical matters in sentencing from each panelist to contextualise their perspective from the Bench, defence and prosecution
  • Panelists considering scenarios and/or answering questions provided by Conference attendees and the moderator. 


  • The Hon. Justice Michael Brett, Supreme Court of Tasmania,
  • Chief Magistrate Catherine Geason, Magistrates' Court of Tasmania
  • Rebekah O'Meagher, Acting Assistant Director, Office of the Commonwealth Director of Prosecutions
  • Evan Hughes, Partner, Rae & Partners and President, Law Society of Tasmania


5.20pm      Closing Remarks followed by drinks and canapes


Looking for accommodation in Hobart?  Click here to view LST member accommodation rates - accommodation is scarce in March so book soon to avoid disappointment.  Click here to view Wrest Point corporate rates for the Law Society.
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