Other Events of Interest


-  Australian Calendar of Judicial Activities




Improving Justice and Support for Child & Adolescent Victims of Crime

A recent report from Victim Support UK ‘Suffering in Silence: Children and Unreported Crime’ found that 10 to 18 year-olds are more likely to be victims of crime than any other age group – and least likely to report their experience.

Victim Support Service and Anglicare SA have joined forces to explore services that are currently available for young people aged under 18 years who have experienced and been traumatised by crime in South Australia, and to start a process of identifying key gaps in service provision.

To start this process, we are running a Conference on Tuesday 10th November at the Adelaide Pavilion on South Terrace entitled ‘Improving Justice and Support for Child & Adolescent Victims of Crime’ (see Flyer and Program).

Speakers include:

• Hon Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development;

• Chief Judge Geoff Muecke;

• Amanda Shaw, Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People;

• Robert Leardi, Clinical Psychologist with the Berry Street ‘Take Two ‘ Program in Victoria;

• Academics from Curtin University, Sydney University Law School and Flinders Department of Criminology

The conference will explore a range of issues linking children, crime, victimisation and support services, including workshops focussing on:

• Aboriginal children;

• Children with disabilities;

• Children in care;

• Children engaged in the criminal justice system;

• Children impacted by family and domestic violence;

• Links between child victimisation and adult offending;

• Links between children, crime and schools

For further information contact:

Vic Laughton
Research and Advocacy Officer
Victim Support Service
Adelaide SA 5000

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Telephone: 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846)   -    Fax:  (08) 8231 5458        -       Website: www.victimsa.org



Judicial Education and the Art of Judging:  From Myth to Methodology

The University of Missouri Law School held an international symposium entitled "Judicial Education and the Art of Judging:  From Myth to Methodology."  The articles from this symposium are now available on  http://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/jdr/all_issues.html  and will shortly be up on Westlaw and LexisNexis.  For those who might be interested in specific subjects, I have included the table of contents below as well as a description of the symposium issue as a whole.


  • - Judicial Education and Regulatory Capture: Does the Current System of Educating Judges Promote a Well-Functioning Judiciary and Adequately Serve the Public Interest? - S.I. Strong
  • - What Judges Want and Need: User-Friendly Foundations for Effective Judicial Education Circuit - Judge Duane Benton and Jennifer A.L. Sheldon-Sherman
  • - Judicial Bias: The Ongoing Challenge - Kathleen Mahoney 
  • - International Arbitration, Judicial Education, and Legal Elites - Catherine A. Rogers
  • - Towards a New Paradigm of Judicial Education - Chief Justice Mary R. Russell
  • - Writing Reasoned Decisions and Opinions: A Guide for Novice, Experienced, and Foreign Judges - S.I. Strong
  • - Judging as Judgment: Tying Judicial Education to Adjudication Theory - Robert G. Bone
  • - Of Judges, Law, and the River: Tacit Knowledge and the Judicial Role - Chad M. Oldfather
  • - Educating Judges—Where to From Here? - Livingston Armytage
  • - Judicial Education: Pedagogy for a Change - T. Brettel Dawson


Judges and the judicial process have long been scrutinized by lawyers and legal academics.  As a result, a large and ever-increasing body of literature has developed on matters relating to judicial appointments, judicial independence, judicial policy making and the like.  However, there is an extremely limited amount of information on how an appointee learns to be a judge.

Conventional wisdom suggests that judges arrive on the bench already equipped with all the skills necessary to manage a courtroom and dispense justice fully, fairly and rapidly.  However, social scientists have identified a demonstrable link between judicial education and judicial performance, which suggests it is vitally important to identify and improve on best practices in judicial education.

This symposium seeks to improve the understanding of judicial education by considering several related issues.  First, if judicial education is intended to improve those skills and attributes that are unique to judges, then it is critical to understand what it is that judges do.  Therefore, a number of symposium participants will consider what it means to be a judge and what it is about judging that is different than other sorts of decision-making.

The second set of issues involves questions of pedagogy and purpose.  For example, what is the goal of judicial education?  Is it to convey information, skills or a particular cultural mindset?  Indeed, is it even reasonable to aspire to teaching what might be called the art of judging?  Though critical, these issues have seldom been discussed.  Several panelists in this symposium will nevertheless address these core concerns.

The third and final set of questions relates to educational techniques.  For example, how do questions of content affect teaching methodologies?  Do judges want (and benefit from) courses in substantive or procedural law, or are skills- or theory-based sessions better?  Given recent budget shortfalls, can distance learning replace person-to-person learning in some or all circumstances?

A distinguished set of jurists and academics will discuss these important and largely novel inquiries in conjunction with a keynote address by the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  Persons interested in theoretical and practical issues relating to judicial administration and education at the state, federal and international level will find this material of interest.

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Public Lecture, 'An economist and a lawyer went to lunch… reflections of the Productivity Commission’s Access to Civil Justice Inquiry'

* Lecture / Video by Dr Warren Mundy, Commissioner of the Productivity Commission
  13 February 2015, Melbourne