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2019 Advising Clients re Civil Disobedience, Direct Action and the Law
Friday 25 October 2019, 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Venue:  Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost: $99.00 inc. GST 
Level: Suitable for all levels of legal practice 

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On the evening of 9 September 1991, John Lawrence unlawfully entered with intent the premises of the Hotel Darwin and stood in front of a moving bulldozer thus ‘delaying’ the destruction of the Hotel Darwin. He was removed by private security guards, arrested and placed in the custody of the NT police.
As western liberal democracy dissolves, more and more citizens realise the only prospect in ‘stopping the rot’ and effecting necessary change is through direct action and civil disobedience. The courts are going to see ever increasing numbers of protesters, ‘disturbers of the peace’, trespassers and dissidents before them. While the Rule of Law still seems to apply, this situation is going to need much good lawyering. Fracking is only one part of this emerging need.
This CPD will inform lawyers on this new and growing area.

Presenter: John B Lawrence SC, James Muirhead Chambers

John B Lawrence SC has practised mainly in criminal law in the NT and is a former President of the NTBA and CLANT. He was Senior Crown Prosecutor for 5 years, Solicitor-in-Charge of the then NAALAS for five years; and has been at the private Bar for 20 years, being appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. He has prosecuted and defended murder trials and many other serious crimes. John has appeared in the High Court of Australia and regularly in the NTCCA, as well as several Royal Commissions, including the latest into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT.
He has presented CPD lectures for many years to the NT and interstate professions, covering topics such as ethics, cross-examination of children as witnesses and appellate advocacy.

Earn 1 CPD point in Professional skills in legal practice (CC) 

Cancellation Policy 

24 hours notice of cancellation is required or attendee will be charged. Substitutions can be made at any time. No refunds or credits will be given to delegates who fail to attend the event. Please note Eventbrite's fees are non-refundable at anytime. 

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