Your invitation to attend

The 2020 Conference will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities brought about by innovation in crime, commercial dealings, law enforcement and the delivery of justice in the courtroom.

We invite you to join us in Sydney for what will be a fabulous conference program and accompanying partners program.

Conference Themes

  • The future of law – where the legal world is heading
  • New and emerging technologies and their applications in contemporary law enforcement and justice:
    • 3D printing technologies with specific reference to firearms;
    • Transnational policing with reference to issues of jurisdiction and extraterritoriality and policing of cryptomarkets in the dark web;
    • Developments in ICTs and Australian law enforcement
    • Biometrics, specifically facial recognition
  • Innovation in the detection of crime and innovation in law enforcement, including technical applications to detect high end fraud, monitoring of offenders and more.
  • Innovation in commercial matters: a look at new technologies such as blockchain and smart contracts; artificial intelligence and dispute resolution.
  • Multi-jurisdictional perspective of innovations enhancing efficiency in the courtroom– technological and procedural innovations, plus some of the downsides
  • Confidentiality in a digital world – protecting your digital footprint and ensuring the integrity of your computerised documents and communications
  • Human Rights & Technology
  • Developments in judicial education through sentencing packages; micro learning; intuitive/predictive software for decision modelling and more.

Invited Speakers

  • Mr Nick Abrahams, Partner, Global Head of Technology & Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
  • The Honourable Thomas Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW
  • Mr Philippe Doyle Gray, Author, The pillars of digital security: How to ethically use technology in legal practice, and barrister, New South Wales
  • Her Honour Judge Judith Gibson, District Court of NSW
  • The Honourable Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of South Australia
  • Dr Monique Mann, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Technology and Regulation, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, QUT
  • Mr Michael Phelan, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology
  • The Honourable Justice Derek Price AM, Chief Judge, District Court of NSW
  • Dr Phillipa Ryan, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Chair of the Standards Australia Blockchain Technical Committee Smart Contracts Working Group
  • Dame Helen Winkelman, Chief Justice of New Zealand
  • Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Mr Murali Sagi, Deputy Chief Executive, Judicial Commission of NSW
  • Professor Tania Sourdin, Head of School & Dean, Newcastle Law School
  • His Honour Judge Michael Gething, District Court of Western Australia
  • His Honour Judge Peter Callinicos, District Court of New Zealand
  • Her Honour Judge Julie McIntyre, District Court of South Australia
  • Her Honour Judge Samantha Marks, County Court of Victoria

Conference Social Program

Welcome Reception

The welcome cocktail function will be held in the stylish Heritage Atrium at the Hyatt Regency on Wednesday 15th April from 1730 – 1900.

Conference Dinner

Held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, one of the most beautiful art museums in the world, the dinner promises to be stylish and enjoyable evening.  Arrival drinks served in the Modern Australian galleries – home to works from the 20th and 21st century Australian collection, including artists such as Nolan and Drysdale will be followed by a three course dinner with fine wines included.

Accompanying Partners Program

A range of optional activities will be available for partners to enjoy whilst delegates are in session.


Early Bird Registration – $1,325 

Standard Registration – $1,425 

Early Bird Registration Closes 31 January 2020
Prices include GST


31 January 2020
Early bird registration closes

15 -17 April 2020
District & County Court Judges Australia & New Zealand Conference
“Beyond 2020 – Innovation and the Law”

Conference Planning Committee

  • Her Honour Judge Jane Culver, District Court of NSW (Chair)
  • Her Honour Judge Penny Hock, District Court of NSW
  • Judicial Registrar James Howard, District Court of NSW
  • Ms Lisa Freeman, Associate to Justice D Price AM, Chief Judge, District Court of New South Wales
  • Ms Una Doyle, Director, Education Judicial Commission of NSW


Hyatt Regency Sydney
161 Sussex Street
Sydney 2000

Located adjacent to Darling Harbour in Sydney’s (CBD), this hotel boasts stunning views of Darling Harbour or the surrounding Central Business District from spacious guestrooms.

The Hyatt Regency Sydney is the city’s largest hotel and is within walking distance to iconic theatres, museums, galleries and luxury shopping precincts including Pitt Street Mall, Queen Victoria Building etc.

Special discounted rates have been negotiated for conference delegates and will be available when registration opens in May.