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I Can’t Believe it’s not Bali – Lock Downs and Lock Ups

Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT)

Dear friends and members,

The biennial Bali Conference will be held in Darwin, commencing with a cocktail party on the evening of Tuesday 10 August and culminating in our Gala dinner on Friday 13 August 2021.

The conference theme is:

‘I Can’t Believe it’s not Bali – Lock Downs and Lock Ups’

The 2021 CLANT conference coincides with both a global pandemic that has seen am immediate reimagining around the practice and procedures of criminal law both home and abroad; and importantly it also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Death’s in Custody. It took about 30 days for the pandemic to create real change in the processes surrounding the manner we practice criminal law, yet in 30 years we have seen little change or meaningful improvement in access to justice for First Nations people. This conference looks to focus on what we can do to improve the criminal justice system, starting by looking in our own backyard.

CLANT is in the process of finalising our conference programme, however as a teaser are excited to confirm that our keynote speaker is Phillip Boulten SC.

We are also delighted to have Acting Justice Lex Lasry AM QC presenting at this year’s conference.

We have papers from a variety of presenters from most of our nation’s criminal jurisdictions. Papers will cover issues including:

  • Public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in prisons
  • State intervention on the rights of the citizen
  • Policing homelessness in the NT
  • Developing laws around judge alone trials
  • Linguistics v Law: reconciling divergent approaches to section 85 of the National Uniform Evidence Act

Our conference has never been held in Darwin before and we look forward to welcoming practitioners, judicial officers and key stakeholders to our home.

These conference dates coincide with the annual Darwin Festival and we anticipate many opportunities for learning as well as leisure and recreation.

To register please follow the below link, however if you have any further questions or issues please contact Dee Berkely via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0437 710 090 

Registration inclusions

Full conference program 2.5 days, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, admission to Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner, tee shirt, satchel, notebook, pen

Registration fees

  • Full Delegate: $1,200
  • Group: (10 or more delegates from the same organisation discount) $1,140
  • Judge's Associates, Paralegal, Law Students: $925
  • Accompanying Persons: (includes admission to Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner) $265


(Purchase individual tickets if bringing guests OTHER THAN Accompanying Persons)

  • Cocktail Party $120
  • Gala Dinner $155


I look forward to welcoming you all in Darwin in August.


Marty Aust, President
Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory


Office details

Office: 3/6 Lindsay St. Darwin NT 0800
Post: GPO Box 2388 Darwin NT 0801
ABN: 62 208 314 893


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