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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.
Member with expertise or experience in law enforcement
Commander - State Intelligence Command, since 2022.
Commander - Police Prosecutions and Licensing Enforcement Command, 2019-2022.
Board Member (Alternate Director) - Crime Stoppers NSW.
Sally Dowling SC
Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing - prosecution
Director of Public Prosecutions, since 2021.
Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor, 2016-2020.
Crown Prosecutor, 2002-2016.
Barrister, since 1997.
Belinda Rigg SC
Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing - defence
NSW Senior Public Defender, since 2019.
Public Defender, since 2004.
Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, since 2019.
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
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 Policy, Reform and Legislation Branch, Department of Communities and Justice, since 2020.
Director Crime Policy, Department of Justice, 2018-2019.
Prior to that, various law and legal policy roles in the NSW and Victorian public service.