Criminal Law 

The Criminal Law Committee monitors all matters related to criminal law, represents the Law Society and its members on policy and practice issues arising from it, and upholds the rule of law having regard to:

  • The interests of people charged with criminal offences
  • The rights of people in custody
  • The interests of intellectually disabled, mentally ill and other cognitively impaired people as they are affected by the criminal law
  • The rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Our priorities include:

  • Developing and commenting on law reform and legal policy proposals (including preparing submissions, and liaising with government and other stakeholders in this process)
  • Educating the legal profession about changes to the law, and providing guidance on practice and other issues
  • Exchanging information about issues arising in legal practice (such as recent case law) that may indicate a legal policy issue or concern

Learn more about committees
Current committee members
How to join a committee

Recent policy submission

Letter to ODPP - Prosecution  guidelines for consultation - 25 January 2019 

Letter to Dept of Justice - Consultation paper - criminal appeals - 28 February 2019 

Letter to NSW Sentencing  Council - Review of the standard non-parole period for the bushfire offence and the maximum penalties for destroying property by fire - 22 February 2019 

Letter to NSW Law Reform Commission - Consultation Paper - Consent in relation to sexual offences - 4 February 2019 

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health - 22 March 2019 

Letter to Dept of Justice - Applications under the Government Information Public Access Act 2009 - 7 March 2019 

Letter to NSW Sentencing  Council - Repeat traffic offenders - 2 April 2019 

Letter to NSW Law Reform Commission - Open Justice Review - Preliminary submission - 31 May 2019 

Letter to The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP - Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment (Inmate Behaviour) Bill 2019 - 31 May 2019 

Letter to Dept of Justice - Proposed amendments to the Crimes Administration of Sentences Act 1999 - 9 May 2019 

Letter to Professor Dan Howard SC - The Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug  ‘Ice’ – Issues Paper 2 - Justice - 9 May 2019 

Letter to Legislative Council Standing  Committee on Law and Justice - Crimes (Appeal and Review) Amendment (Double Jeopardy) Bill 2019 - 27 June 2019  

Letter to Dept of Justice - Statutory Review of the Crime Commission Act 2012 - Supplementary Consultation Paper - 19 June 2019  

Letter to Attorney General of NSW - Fees Paid to Private Practitioners in Legally Aided Matters - Case - 30 August 2019 Business

Letter to Attorney General of NSW - Section 293 Criminal Procedure Act 1986 - 19 September 2019  

Letter to Minister for Transport and Roads - Road Transport Amendment (Mobile Phone Detection) Bill 2019 - 1 October 2019 

Letter to Legislative Council Standing  Committee on social issues - Modern Slavery Act 2018 and associated matters - 4 October 2019 

Visit the Criminal Law policy submissions archive

2020 Committee list

A. Lumsden (Chair), M. Mantaj, (Dep Chair), C. Akthar, M. Allen, C. Bell, A. Bilias, P. Blake, V. Chan, P. Coady, E. Conditsis, D. Giddy, R. Hoyles, J. Hunter, L. Kaban, H. Ketley, R. Leary, R. McMahon, P. Musgrave, R. Ogden, J. Pheils, K. Powell, K. Saddington (YL Rep), J. Sanders, T. Spohr, J. Styles, J. Sutton, J. Weir.

How to join a committee
Law Society Committees have powers, authorities and tasks delegated by the Council. Consisting of dedicated
volunteers, each committee focuses on a particular area of law, pooling together specialist skills and experience in
order to scrutinise legislation, court decisions and other government policies.

There are three broad categories of committees:

  • Regulatory committees – perform statutory duties under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)
  • Liaison committees – linked to other professions or organisations
  • Policy committees

By drawing on the insights of committees, the Law Society can meet its statutory duties and act as a major player
in law reform and policy debates.