Launch event

Criminal code review

Launch of the Commission's criminal defences review

On Thursday 15 February we launched our criminal defences review with an exciting panel discussion that featured leading experts.

The launch was chaired by Commission Deputy-Chair, His Hon Judge Anthony Rafter SC, with an introductory address by The Hon Margaret McMurdo AC.

The panellists were Saul Holt KC, Todd Fuller KC, Melia Benn and Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon.

If you missed the event, you can watch the recording here. A transcript will soon be provided.

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    Saul Holt KC

    Saul Holt KC is a member of both the Queensland and New Zealand Bars. He is the sole member of the “market leader” category for Senior Counsel in Criminal Law for Queensland in Doyles Guide (2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022), and is one of very few in the “pre-eminent” category of Senior Counsel in Criminal Law for Australia in Doyles Guide (2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022). Saul took silk in 2012. He holds a Masters Degree with first class honours in Public Law. Saul was Chief Counsel at Victoria Legal Aid until 2013 and was a Victorian Law Reform Commissioner until 2014. He is a Board member of the Australian Advocacy Institute, a member of the Australian Bar Association Ethics Committee, a General Editor of Butler & Holt’s “Indictable Offences Queensland” and a contributing author of O’Callaghan’s “Federal and Victorian Regulators”.
  • Photo of Todd Fuller KC

    Todd Fuller KC

    Todd Fuller KC is Deputy Director at the Queensland Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and oversees operations, a position he has held since 2016. Todd has more than 35 years’ experience in the criminal justice system, including appearances in all Queensland Courts, as well as the High Court of Australia. Todd regularly conducts high profile and complex prosecutions and appeals. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010 and serves on the Queensland Bar Association CPD, New Bar and University Relations Committees in addition to presenting on the Bar Practice Course. He is a member of the Griffith Law School Visiting Committee.
  • Photo of Melia Benn

    Melia Benn

    Melia is Mamu and Gunggandji. She is one of only two practising Indigenous women barristers in Queensland. In 2021, Melia was awarded the Australian Lawyers Alliance’s Queensland Civil Justice Award. Melia has a broad practice in class action proceedings, coronial inquests, discrimination and human rights matters and is a sessional legal member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Melia was called to the Bar in 2018, and practices in Cairns and Brisbane. Following her admission to practice as a solicitor in 2014, Melia worked as a property lawyer in private practice before moving to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Qld), appearing in the District and Supreme Courts. Most recently, Melia was employed as Counsel Assisting the Coroner for the Office of the State Coroner.
  • Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon

    Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon

    Kate Fitz-Gibbon is the Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Law School (University of Melbourne) and Principal Consultant, Sequre Consulting. Kate has led over a decade of research in Australia and internationally examining the operation and reform of homicide laws.

For more information on the review, email:  qlrc-criminaldefence@justice.qld.gov.au