CLANT Conference Sanur Bali 20 June to 27 June 2015
Apologies for the lack of entries over the last few days. Have been attending the Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT (CLANT) biennial conference in Sanur Bali with the theme of "Curing Injustice". The conference has attracted around 120 delegates including judges, magistrates, Coroners, academics and lawyers from jurisdictions throughout Australia. Eve Ash and I did a one hour plus presentation yesterday on Miscarriages of Justice and the Sue Neill-Fraser case in Tasmania. I specifically covered what we had NOT learned 30 years on from Chamberlain. Delegates also had the option of watching the AFI nominated doco Shadow of Doubt at the end of the day and a surprisingly good number of delegates stayed on after a long day to watch the 1.5 hour movie.
Today I will be giving the Tasmanina jurisdictional round-up report which highlights key legal developments or issues since the last conference in 2013. I will certainly be raising the draft further right to appeal legislation.
The conference has been excellent to date. Tertitorians are always so welcoming and friendly! A personal highlight for me was the playreading organised by former NT DPP Rex Wild QC on the Frank McDermott miscarriage of justice. Will be reading the Tom Molomby book The Shearer's Tale (about injustice in Australia in the 1940's) when I get back. CLANT President, Russell Goldflam, also gave a very clever overview of NT CCA decisions since the last conference in limerick form.
The other reasons I have been unable to blog are a very unreliable and frustrating WiFi signal here at the hotel and the fact that I was laid low, very low!, earlier in the week with the dreaded Bali Belly. I am also unable to manage my Content Management System from my IPad, unfortunately.
More on the conference later. It is proving to be an excellent opportunity for some invaluable networking.
Finally, the July edition of the Australian Women's Weekly is out and includes a 6 page feature story on the Sue Neill-Fraser case.