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There are 16 members of the Sentencing Council including judges, prosecutors and criminal defence lawyers, victims' advocates and police, as well as representatives from the community.
You can contact Council members though the Secretariat.
Retired judicial officer
Chief Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2013-2017.
Judge of Appeal, NSW Court of Appeal, 2013-2018.
Chief Judge at Common Law, NSW Supreme Court, 2005-2013.
Chief Judge, NSW Land and Environment Court, 2003-2005.
Judge, Supreme Court of NSW, 2001-2003.
Judge, District Court of NSW, 1998-2001.
Retired judicial officer
Judge, Drug Court of NSW (Acting Judge, District Court), since 2010.
Judicial member of the State Parole Authority, since 2010.
Deputy Chief Magistrate, 2006-2010.
Member with expertise or experience in law enforcement
Commander - Police Prosecutions and Licensing Enforcement Command since 2019.
Board Member - NSW Child Death Review Team.
Board Member (Alternate Director) - Crime Stoppers NSW.
Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing – prosecution
NSW Director of Public Prosecutions since 2011.
Formerly Director, Criminal Law Review Division, NSW Attorney-General's Department.
Belinda Rigg SC
Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing - defence
NSW Senior Public Defender since 2019.
Public Defender since 2004.
Barrister since 1997.
Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing
Principal Federal Prosecutor, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, since 2007.
Barrister at Black Chambers.
Solicitor, Aboriginal Legal Service 2009-2015.
Member with expertise or experience in Aboriginal justice matters
Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Legal Serivce (NSW/ACT) since 2019
Executive Officer, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, 2016-2019
Member with expertise or experience in corrective services
Commissioner, Corrective Services NSW, since 2012.
Chief Executive, South Australian Department for Correctional Services, 2003-2012.
Member with expertise or experience in juvenile justice
Deputy Principal, Woolooware High School (retired 2016).
Founding member, Legal Studies Association of NSW Inc.
Community member – experience in matters associated with victims of crime
Advocate for Victims of Crime before the Mental Health Review Tribunal and NSW Parole Authority.
Member, Victims Advisory Board.
Member, Advisory Board of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation.
Formerly Vice-President, Victims of Crime Assistance League.
Senior lawyer with Knowmore Legal Service (specialist legal service for survivors, families and other people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse).
Solicitor, Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre, 2008-2014.
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney.
Author, Accommodating Justice: Victim Impact Statements in the Sentencing Process (The Federation Press, 2016).
Consultant, since 2013.
Formerly Director, Community Corrections (NSW North Coast).
Member with relevant
academic or research expertise or experience
Professor of Law, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle
Deputy Head of Faculty, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle 2019
Author – Criminal Law Perspectives: From Principles to Practice (2020); Uniform Evidence in Australia (2015, 2018, 2020); Uniform Evidence Law: Text and Essential Cases (2016, 2021); Criminal Law Guidebook (2016).
Representative of the Department of Communities and Justice
Executive Director of Justice Strategy and Policy, Department of Communities and Justice since 2015.
Executive Director, NSW Law Reform Commission 2010-2015.