Law Week 2018

The Adult Parole Board is participating in Law Week 2018 with the aim of informing the community about the purpose of parole, the parole process and the role of the Board.

The Board will run two events this year including: 

  • an information session, hosted by Deakin Law School, in Geelong on Wednesday 16 May
  • an information session and mock parole hearing at the County Court of Victoria on Saturday 19 May. 


Adult Parole Board information session in Geelong on Wednesday 16 May at 4.30pm

As part of Law Week 2018, His Honour Peter Couzens, Chairperson of the Adult Parole Board, will visit Geelong to speak with the local community about parole and the Adult Parole Board. Deakin Law School will host the one-hour information session at the Deakin University Waterfront Campus in Geelong on Wednesday 16 May at 4.30pm.

Adult Parole Board, Deakin Law School, Law Week 2018

His Honour Peter Couzens will increase the audience’s understanding of parole by explaining what parole is and its purpose, the parole process, and describing who the Board members are. He will also challenge some of the myths about parole and the Board.

This session is open to anyone who wants to learn more about parole. At its conclusion, Deakin Law School has organised refreshments so that the audience has the opportunity to speak with His Honour Peter Couzens and senior Board staff.

When  Wednesday 16 May, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Venue Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Room D2.194  
Address 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong VIC 3220
Cost Free
RSVP eventbrite.com.au (link opens in new window)


Parole, you decide at the County Court of Victoria on Saturday 19 May at 12 noon

The Adult Parole Board will run its information session and mock parole hearing – Parole, you decide – at the County Court of Victoria on Saturday 19 May at 12 noon.

Adult Parole Board, Law Week 2018

The mock parole hearing, which will be conducted by members of the Board, will follow the story of a prisoner from when he applies for and is on parole.

The scenario for the mock parole hearing will focus on a prisoner, aged in his early twenties, who was convicted and sentenced by a court for an aggravated burglary and related offences following the home invasion of a drug dealer. The prisoner has served his non-parole period and is now eligible to apply for parole.

The Board members will discuss the facts as they would in a real parole hearing. After being provided with the facts of the case, the audience will have the opportunity to indicate whether they believe the Board should grant parole to the prisoner.

His Honour Peter Couzens, Chairperson of the Board, will present the session.

The three-member panel for the mock hearing comprises:

  • Her Honour Judge Sue Pullen, judicial member and sitting County Court Judge
  • Kieran Walshe, community member and former Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police
  • Stephen Farrow, full-time member and former CEO of the Sentencing Advisory Council.  

A parole officer from Community Correctional Services will inform the Board members about information relevant to the case.  

The audience will learn about the information available to the Board and the process it goes through when it determines whether a prisoner should be granted parole. The audience will also gain privileged access to the discussions which take place in closed Board meetings that the public are not normally privy to.

When Saturday 19 May, 12 noon to 1pm
Where County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street, Melbourne 3000
Cost Free
RSVP Not required