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The Role of the Crown Prosecutor in NSW

2022-23 Criminal Law CPD Series:

The Role of the Crown Prosecutor in NSW

Practice management, Business Skills & Professional Responsibility 
CPD Points: 1.5


The principal functions of the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) are to institute and conduct prosecutions for indictable offences in the Local, District and Supreme Courts; and to conduct appeals in any court arising from those prosecutions, including as the responding party. Those duties are guided by the ODPP Prosecution and other best-practice instruments. The role of a prosecutor is crucial, involving a balancing of the interests of the state, community and victims, as well as a duty to the court. In a system subject to growing case numbers, increasingly regulated pre-trial processes, plea negotiations, and broad discretion, how are those priorities managed? Crown Prosecutor Brett Hatfield will consider those competing priorities and how they are balanced in practice.


Brett Hatfield, Crown Prosecutor, The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW)



Full series (7 webinars) = $300
Individual webinar(s) = $50

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This webinar will be released on 20 October 2022.

You will receive a webinar link on this date, and can also register at a later date to catch up in your own time. 

About the series

The 2022-23 Criminal Law CPD series, presented by the Sydney Institute of Criminology is an innovative educational program made up of 7 recorded webinars delivered by eminent speakers from the University of Sydney and the legal profession.

A new webinar will be released each month from September 2022 – March 2023. Quizzes will be included to test your comprehension of the material being discussed.

Register now for the full series or individual webinars and enjoy the flexibility of watching at your own pace from any location at any time.

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Program Schedule
Title Presenter CPD area Recording release date
1. Should Deceptive Sex Always Be Rape? Dr Andrew Dyer Substantive Law Thursday, 29 September 2022
2. The Role of the Crown Prosecutor in NSW Mr Brett Hatfield Practice Management and Business Skills, Ethics and professional responsibility Thursday, 20 October 2022
3. The Reliability and Credibility of Eyewitnesses Associate Professor Helen Paterson Substantive Law Thursday, 24 November 2022
4. Ethical Practice for Junior Criminal Law Barristers Ms Talitha Hennessy Ethics and professional responsibility Thursday, 15 December 2022
5. Myths, Misconceptions and Mixed Messages: An Early Look at the New Tendency and Coincidence Evidence Provisions Professor David Hamer Substantive Law Thursday, 19 January 2023
6. Advocacy in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal John Stratton SC Professional Skills Thursday, 9 February 2023
7. The Work of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Judge Paul Lakatos SC Professional Skills Thursday, 9 March 2023

Information for lawyers and barristers
If this educational activity is relevant to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim 1.5 MCLE/CPD points per seminar attended or 10.5 units for the full series. Practitioners are advised to check with the CPD governing body in their jurisdiction for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Find out about interstate accreditation.

For further enquiries: T +61 2 9351 0248

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Oct 20 2022

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