Thought Leadership Series

Reforming the Local and District Court system in New South Wales

Tuesday 31 July 2018, 5.30 – 7.30pm

In New South Wales, the volume of cases in the Local and District Courts is leading to growing delays and strain on the Courts. As a solicitor, this is your opportunity to take part in a discussion that defines the impact and considers what reforms are available to ensure the Courts continue to deliver just outcomes to the NSW community.

Facilitator Annmarie Lumsden (Director, Criminal Law, Legal Aid NSW) will lead respected panellists in discussion: the Hon Reginald Blanch AM QC (retired Chief Judge of the District Court and Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW), Assistant Police Commissioner Joe Cassar APM (NSW Police Force), Ms Kara Shead SC (Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions), Dr Donald Weatherburn PSM FASSA (Director, the NSW Bureau of Statistics and Crime Research and Professor of the University of New South Wales).

The panel will explore pertinent issues including:

  • What factors are causing the growth in demand on the Local and District Court?
  • What is the impact upon the administration of justice?
  • What are the implications of the delays for victims of crime and alleged defendants?
  • What are the policy remedies available? The panel will consider, for example: new specialised courts and court lists; rolling court list trials; early guilty plea reforms; other resourcing needs.

Solicitors will be invited to participate in a Q&A with the panel and are an invaluable part of this Thought Leadership discussion in sharing their experiences and proposed solutions.

We look forward to welcoming you.

When: 31 July 2018, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Where: Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney

CPD units: 1.5 units



In its Thought Leadership series, the Law Society brings together leaders of the legal profession for robust panel discussions on hot topic issues impacting the rule of law, legal institutions and practice. After an engaging 2017 series, the Law Society invites you to the 2018 Thought Leadership series focusing on issues affecting the quality of the rule of law and access to justice in NSW.

A second panel will take place on 31 July 2018 and consider issues relating to the operation of the lower court system in NSW. The third panel will take place on 25 September 2018, addressing the rising prison population in the state. A fourth panel will take place on 13 November 2018.