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
Appointed Lawyer Scheme under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
The Department of Home Affairs is seeking expressions of interest from suitable criminal defence lawyers willing to represent subjects under the appointed lawyer provisions set out in Division 3 of Part III of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979. Please review the EOI form and privacy notice for further information.
2021 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. Elston, D. Giddy, S. Hedberg (YL Rep), I. Hogan, R. Hoyles, J. Hunter, L. Kaban, H. Ketley, R. Leary, P. Musgrave, R. Ogden, J. Pheils, K. Saddington, J. Sanders, T. Spohr, J. Styles, J. Sutton, J. Wong.
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.
See the Law Society Committee webpage