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Criminal Law 

The Criminal Law Committee reviews and comments on law and policy affecting criminal justice. Our initiatives focus on: 

  • the interests of people charged with criminal offences
  • the rights of prisoners, including the reduction of the prison population
  • the interests of intellectually disabled, mentally ill and other  people as they are affected by the criminal law
  • access to community support services, diversionary and restorative justice options in rural and remote areas
  • the rights of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians
  • multicultural issues as they relate to the criminal law.

To help criminal law practitioners, the Committee also provides the following resources.

Publications and information

Special Call-over Information SheetDistrict Court Criminal Practice Note 12 - Readiness Hearings Guidelines for Contact with the Complainant in Apprehended Domestic Violence Matters Evidence of Silence AlertPower to demand that a young person subject to bail conditions be brought to the doorCorrective Services NSW – Information for Legal PractitionersNSW Local Court Prosecution Guidelines - Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW Legal Aid NSW Representation Principles for Children's Lawyers 4th EditionDomestic Violence - Where to refer clientsLegal Aid NSW domestic violence resourcesA Criminal Law Survival Kit



  • Criminal Law Committee
  • Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0310
  • E:Rachel Geare