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The Work of the Mental Health Review Tribunal

2022-23 Criminal Law CPD Series:

The Work of the Mental Health Review Tribunal

Professional Skills
CPD Points: 1.5


Balancing the competing priorities of offenders with mental health diagnoses, the community, and the criminal justice system more broadly, is complicated. At the intersection of those interests sits the Mental Health Review Tribunal. The Tribunal endeavours to acknowledge and respect the dignity, autonomy, diversity and individuality of those whose matters it hears and determines. But how are these outcomes achieved? What are the characteristics of those best-practice features in a rapidly developing criminal justice system? – especially as it grapples with growing rates of mental illness and more complex mental health questions. District Court Judge and President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Paul Lakatos SC considers these questions, as well as the balancing of priorities between the criminal justice system and the health system as a point of focus that is rapidly taking on greater importance and, indeed, engaging more resources. This presentation will assist legal practitioners practising criminal law with an interest in mental health, as well as those practitioners with a lived experience of mental health.


Judge Paul Lakatos SC commenced his professional career working as a solicitor for the Aboriginal Legal Service in 1977. He continued his work in the Sydney metropolitan area representing indigent clients with the Public Solicitor’s Office from 1978. In 1982 Judge Lakatos SC led a team of investigators including the AFP, ATO investigators and forensic accountants, investigating bottom of the harbour tax schemes at the Special Prosecutors Office. In 1984 he was admitted as a Barrister, practising in Criminal Law; Administrative Law; Appellate Law; Coronial inquiries and before ICAC and the Police Integrity Commission – and as counsel assisting ICAC and the State Coroner. In 2005, Judge Lakatos was appointed as senior counsel and, in 2008, was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of NSW. Judge Paul Lakatos SC commenced as the President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in 2019, where he oversees its functions. He also sits on Tribunal hearings in both forensic and civil jurisdictions. Most recently, he was appointed an ICAC Commissioner. This appointment will take effect in mid-September 2022.


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

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This webinar will be released on 9 March 2023.

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.

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