Upcoming education events


  • Land and Environment Court of NSW Seminar: Sentencing in the Land and Environment Court 2000: This seminar by the Commission’s Director, Research and Sentencing, Mr Hugh Donnelly, and Mr Michael Cain will report the principal findings of a forthcoming environmental crime study which will be published by the Judicial Commission in late 2016. The seminar will raise emerging issues in the jurisdiction including the utility of the continuum of criminal liability created in the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, charging practices of prosecution agencies, vexed issue of costs orders and the sentencing process, increase in the Local Court’s jurisdiction for environmental offences and recent reforms in relation to environment planning; and the obstacles to achieving transparency of the sentencing process via sentencing statistics.
  • Local Court of NSW Metropolitan Seminar Series: This series of seminars for metropolitan-based magistrates facilitates the development of judicial knowledge and skills. These interactive sessions encourage peer-based learning through discussion and problem-solving. Topics covered include unfavourable witnesses, costs in civil cases, security, and common directions in the Local Court.
  • Land and Environment Court Twilight Seminar New Frontiers in Climate Change Litigation with Professor Hari Osofsky from University  of Minnesota and Professor Jacqueline Peel  University of Melbourne. Questions are arising over how Australian climate change litigation might develop in the future. What lessons can we learn from other jurisdictions? What forms might a “next generation” of climate litigation take? This seminar will focus on addressing those issues, considering pathways for the future based on Australia’s past approaches and legal system and comparisons with other jurisdictional aprpoaches.
  • District Court of NSW seminar Drug & Alcohol Testing: This seminar will look at the latest information available regarding drug and alcohol testing. Dr Anthony Moynham, Associate Professor, Sydney Forensic Medicine will give a brief outline of the pharmacology of alcohol and discuss blood alcohol analysis. Dr Judith Perl will speak on selected drugs and their varying effects. Superintendent John Lipman and an operator from NSW Police will talk about breath-analysis instruments and demonstrate how they work.