Keynote Speaker
The Honourable
Justice Lincoln Crowley KC

We are honoured to have Queensland Supreme Court Justice Lincoln Crowley KC
as our keynote speaker.
The Honourable Justice Lincoln Crowley holds a Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, from the University of New England. He was admitted to practice in Queensland in 1997. His first role after admission was as a solicitor with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, initially in Townsville and then later in Brisbane. After several years he moved to New South Wales, where worked as a senior solicitor within the New South Wales Crown Solicitor’s Office, and later was called to the Sydney private bar. There he practised in both civil and criminal fields before returning to the public sector as In-House Counsel with the Sydney Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. After several years in that role his Honour returned to Queensland to take up a position as a Principal Crown Prosecutor for the Queensland Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, before finally settling into practise at the Queensland private bar, where he specialised in crime and all areas of public law for many years. In 2018, his Honour became the first Indigenous person appointed as Queen’s Counsel in and for the State of Queensland.
On 13 June 2022, Justice Crowley was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, becoming the first Indigenous judge appointed to a superior court in Australia.
Interested in speaking at the 2024 Conference? 
Our committee is currently working hard to finalise an amazing lineup of speakers.
If you are interested in presenting, please email us your proposal at [email protected]
Justice Jenny Blokland
Rex Wild KC
Justice Dina Yehia
NSW Supreme Court JudgE
Tony McAvoy SC
Lloyd Babb SC
Annmarie Lumsden
Director of OF LEGAL AID NT
Thomas Percy KC
Mary Chalmers SC
Emrys Nekvapil SC
Victoria Engel SC
ACT Director of Public Prosecutions
Gabriel Chipkin
Crystal Triggs
Bugmy Bar Book
NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service
Ragni Mathur SC
Dr Danny Sullivan
Forensic Psychiatrist
Isabelle Skaburskis
Rory Pettit
Richard Edney
Sophie Anderson
Josephine Down
Andrew Boe
Chrissy McConnel
Deputy Coroner of the Northern Territory
Chief Judge
Elizabeth Morris
Chief Judge of the
NT Local court
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We look forward to seeing you in Bali! 
Arrival Day - Saturday 22 June 2024
6 - 8pm Welcome Drinks

Break Day - Sunday 23 June 2024

Day 1 - Monday 24 June 2024
Criminal Justice Reform
09:00-09:05Welcome & IntroductionCLANT President Beth Wild
09:05-09:15Opening AddressChief Justice Michael Grant
09:15-10:30Keynote Address
Justifying Criminal Justice: Rethinking approaches to crime, punishment and rehabilitation
Justice Lincoln Crowley KC
10:30-11:00Morning Tea Break
11:00-12:00Smarter Sentencing OptionsJustice Natalie Adams
& Lloyd Babb SC
12:00-12:30NT Community CourtsChief Judge Elizabeth Morris
12:30-13:30Lunch Break
13:30-14:15Improving the wellbeing & safety of First Nations victims & witnessesDamian Beaufils 
14:15-15:00The Role & Future of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services [PANEL]Tony McAvoy SC,
Dr Eddie Cubillo
& Karly Warner
15:00-15:30Afternoon Tea Break
15:30-16:00Exploring Australia's Children's Courts [PANEL]Magistrate Alana Padmanabham & others
16:00-16:30Should CLANT go Dutch? How the Netherlands shut 23 prisons since 2014 & kept the country safeJustice Jenny Blokland AO

Day 2 - Tuesday 25 June 2024
Legal Practice & Ethics - Your Court Tool Kit
09:00-09:45Accountability and Ethics in Public Prosecuting
Mary Chalmers SC
09:45-10:30'Somethin’ ain’t right’: The improper use of police powers for ulterior purposes
Gabriel Chipkin
& Jalal Razi
10:30-11:00Morning Tea Break
11:00-11:45Master of None: Using Expert Evidence in Criminal TrialsVictoria Engel SC
11:45 -12:15The Legality of Police Downloads of Mobile PhonesRory Pettit
12:15-13:15Lunch Break
13:15-14:00Prior Inconsistent Statements Thomas Percy KC &
Jessikah Niesten
14:00-14:30Where To From Here: Practical Strategies towards Less Incarceration [PANEL]

14:30 -15:00Judicial Review of Decisions in Criminal Proceedings
Jared Sharp & others
15:00 -15:30Afternoon Tea BreakEmrys Nekvapil SC
Running a Modern Criminal Law Practice
Luke Officer
16:00-16:30Commonwealth Search WarrantsImogan Hogan 
19:00 - 21:00CLANT President's Drinks

Break Day - Wednesday 26 June 2024

Day 3 - Thursday 27 June 2024
Law, Science & Spirit
09:00-10:30The Trial of Anne BoleynCLANT Players
10:30-11:00Morning Tea Break
11:00-11:45The Yogic Art to AdvocacyRagni Mathur SC
11:45-12:30Dispatches from the Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma 'Battlefield': Is the SBS/AHT Diagnosis 'Safe' to Use in Criminal Trials?Richard Edney
12:30-13:30Lunch Break
13:30-14:15The Mystery of Parole in the Northern TerritoryRex Wild KC &
Josephine Down
14:15-15:00Who looks at child abuse material? Contemporary evidence about online child sex offendingDr Danny Sullivan
15:00-15:30Afternoon Tea Break
15:30-16:00Post-sentence detention of terrorist offenders - to keep us safe or to make us afraid?Isabelle Skarburskis
16:00-16:30Advice from the Bench - What you're doing right & what you need to stop doing!

Day 4 - Friday 28 June 2024
Social Justice & Looking Forward
09:00-10:00Practical Advocacy: The Bugmy Bar Book [PANEL]Justice Dina Yehia,
Crystal Triggs
& Sophie Anderson
10:00-10:30Australia, Drive It Like You Stole It - Munda & Bugmy & the need for change given the rejection of the VoiceDiscussed by Andrew Boe
& Justice Dina Yehia
10:30-11:00Morning Tea Break
11:00-11:30Unique laws of the NT contributing to the overrepresentation of First Nations people in the criminal justice systemAnnemarie Lumsden
11:30-12:00Systemic Change as a Smarter ResponseChrissy McConnel
12:00-12:45Jurisdictional Round-Up
12:45 - 1:00Final Reflections & Closing
19:00 – 23:00Galah Dinner
Hyatt Regency Sanur
Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.89, Sanur, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar
Bali 80228, Indonesia | +62 623 61281234

The conference venue is a 25-minute drive from the airport.
Delegates are encouraged to stay on site.
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Formed in 1986, for nearly 40 years CLANT has been an effective and powerful voice for the improvement of the criminal justice system of the Northern Territory of Australia, representing both defence lawyers and prosecutors, and practitioners from the public sector, private profession, and the independent bar.

CLANT is strongly committed to addressing the challenges facing the criminal justice system in the Northern Territory. Our objects and purposes include:

  • To promote and advance the administration of the criminal justice and development and improvement of criminal law in the Northern Territory;

  • To actively contribute in public debates on issues relating to the criminal justice system; 

  • To promote and encourage the protection of human rights and compliance with international human rights principles in the Northern Territory; 

  • To promote the professional discourse, development, and social interaction among the profession. 

To advance those objects and purposes, CLANT hosts a biennial criminal law conference, bringing together members of the Australian criminal law profession, members of the judiciary, academics and scholars to discuss contemporary issues facing the criminal justice system in the Northern Territory and Australia.


First held in 1987, The "Bali conference", as it is known, has heard from a wide range of pre-eminent keynote speakers, including the Honourable Justice Michael Kirby AC, Julian Burnside AO KC, Robert Richter KC and, most recently, Phillip Boulten SC. The 2024 conference will be the first to be held in Bali since 2019, following an enforced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year's theme, Smart on Crime invites speakers to ventilate new, evidence-based, "smart" approaches to issues facing the criminal justice system – be they systemic "big picture" issues, or practical issues relating to the "nuts and bolts" of criminal practice.

Beth Wild

Co-Vice Presidents
James Stuchbery
Rebecca Everitt
Luke Officer

Public Officer/Secretary
Steven Ledek

Nicola MacCarron

Committee Members
Jane Bochmann
Jenna Charles
Tom Clelland
Chris Cooper
Michael Drury
Sally Lavin
Jackson Meaney
Erin Morton
Clem Ng
Abi Rajkumar
Get in touch!
For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

For urgent enquiries, please contact our Conference Organiser, Abi Rajkumar at [email protected]

For more information about the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory visit

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