The Judicial Commission’s publications cover criminal law, sentencing, judicial administration, practice and procedure, and social context issues. They aim to provide judicial officers with a diverse range of professional reference information to assist them in the performance of their judicial functions. While the Commission does not sell its publications in hard copy, most of our publications can be downloaded free from this website. The bench books are updated regularly so we recommend checking the website regularly for updates and downloading the current version to your PC or tablet device.
Judicial Officers’ Bulletin
The Judicial Officers’ Bulletin informs judicial officers of current law and promotes consideration of a range of judicial issues. It aims to publish a balanced mix of practical and topical articles. Topics include judicial administration, forensic evidence and social context issues. Concise, timely summaries of major decisions of the High Court and NSW superior courts publish monthly. An annual subscription includes 11 issues, an annual table of cases/statutes and a comprehensive subject index, plus a bi-annual binder for storage.
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The Judicial Review
The Judicial Review contains selected conference papers from the Judicial Commission’s education program, as well as from judicial education seminars delivered further afield. Articles are published on the basis of their practical usefulness and relevance to a judicial readership. The Judicial Review is a valuable source of technical and social context material. An annual subscription comprises one issue.
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Selected articles from Judicial Commission publications and papers from the Commission’s seminars and conferences are posted on the website for the interest and benefit of the legal profession and the community. Subscription information for the Judicial Officers’ Bulletin and The Judicial Review is available here.
- P Mizzi and the Honourable Justice Robert Beech-Jones, “The law on consent in sexual assault is changing” (2022) 34 JOB 1.
- J Cashmore and R Shackel, “Research on sexual assault to inform the courts and legal professionals” (2022) 34 JOB 15
- The Honourable J Allsop AO and A Smith, “Mabo 30 years on: some reflections” (2022) 34 JOB 39
- Dr Michael King, “The importance of trauma-informed court practice” (2022) 34 JOB 59
- D Elston and P Coady, “The Child Protection Register and applications in the Local Court under the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000” (2022) 34 JOB 95
- Her Honour Judge Jane Mottley, “Reforms to increase accessibility of NSW Drug
Court program in early 2023” (2022) 34 JOB 113
- Professor M Langton AM, “Thirty years on from the Royal Commission, what needs to change?” (2021) 33 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 25
- S Norrish QC, “Thirty years on from the Royal Commission, what can judicial officers do?” (2021) 33 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 29
- L McCallum and E Timms, “Black letter law” (2021) 33 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 37
- D McMillan, PhD, “Criminalising coercive control: a complex discussion” (2021) Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 57
- P Gray, “Beyond placement: realising the promise of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles” (2021) Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 99
- M Weinberg, “Juries, judges and junk science — expert evidence on trial” (2021) The Judicial Reivew 315
- P Hora, “The trauma-informed courtroom” (2020) 32 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 11
- A Levin and T Kashyap, “Law enforcement and police powers in NSW during COVID-19” (2020) 32 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 29
- K Nomchong SC, “Sexual harassment and the judiciary” (2020) 32 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 55
- P Doyle Gray, “Remote justice in the time of COVID-19 and beyond” (2020) 32 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 65
- His Honour Judge Roger Dive, “Twenty years of the Drug Court of NSW” (2019) 31 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 1
- P Mizzi, “Balancing prosecution with the right to a fair trial: the child sexual abuse reforms in NSW” (2019) 31 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 11
- Professor A Linacre, “Latent DNA: ‘seeing’ the location of DNA” (2019) 31 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 23
- Carly Schrever, “Australia’s first research measuring judicial stress: what does it mean for judicial officers and the courts?” (2019) 31 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 41
- U Doyle, “First Nations consensus in contitutional reform, nation building and treaty making processes” (2019) 31 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 51
- B O’Neill, “Decolonising the mind: working with transgenerational trauma and First Nations people” (2019) 31 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 54
- P Mizzi, “The sentencing reforms — balancing the causes and consequences of offending with community safety” (2018) 30 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 73
- E Buxton-Namisnyk and A Butler, “What’s language got to do with it? Learning from discourse, language and stereotyping in domestic violence homicide cases” (2017) 29 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 99
- Professor J Peel and Dean H M Osofsky, “Climate change litigation: lessons and pathways” (2017) 29 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 99
- The Honourable Tom Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW, “The nature of the profession; the state of the law” (2016) 28 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 13
- Dr D Eades, “Judicial understandings of Aboriginality and language use” (2016) 12 The Judicial Review 471
- Dr D Kenny, “The adolescent brain: implications for understanding young offenders” (2016) 28 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 23
- The Honourable Justice Helen Wood, Supreme Court of Tasmania, “Cultural diversity: reflections on the role of the judge in ensuring a fair trial” (2016) 28 Judicial Officers’ Bulletin 35