On the road for Law Week 2019 to educate the community about parole

For Law Week 2019, the Adult Parole Board will run a mock hearing at the County Court of Victoria on Saturday 18 May to educate the community about parole and the Board.

The Board will also join an information session roadshow, organised by Deakin Law School, in Ballarat, Shepparton and Geelong from Tuesday 14 May to Thursday 16 May.  

Information session roadshow: 14 – 16 May 2019

The ‘Crime Busters’ roadshow, organised by Deakin Law School, will visit:

  • Ballarat (at Ballarat Town Hall) on Tuesday 14 May
  • Shepparton (at Riverlinks) on Wednesday 15 May
  • Geelong (at Geelong Waterfront Campus) on Thursday 16 May.

Each day will run from 1pm to 7.30pm with presentations by the Board, Victoria Police, Sentencing Advisory Council and local legal practitioners on a range of interesting and current issues.  

The Board will present each day from 5pm to 6pm. The Board’s presentation will focus on the parole process, the factors the Board takes into consideration when determining parole, who the members are, and more. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

His Honour Peter Couzens, Chairperson, will present in Ballarat and Shepparton. Stephen Farrow, full-time member and former CEO of the Sentencing Advisory Council, will present in Geelong.

The three events are free but you need to book at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/deakin-law-school-17924439887

Mock hearing: 18 May 2019

The Board’s mock hearing – Parole, you decide – will be held in courtroom 4.2 of the County Court of Victoria from 12 noon to 1pm on Saturday 18 May.

His Honour Peter Couzens will facilitate the session. The three-member mock panel includes:

  • Her Honour Judge Susan Pullen, judicial member and sitting County Court Judge
  • Heidi Tucker, community member and CEO of Anchor Inc. (which provides housing and support services in Melbourne’s outer east)
  • Colleen Bell, full-time member and former senior lawyer for the Office of Public Prosecutions.

The scenario for the mock parole hearing will focus on a prisoner, aged in his late-twenties, who was convicted and sentenced by a court for two armed robberies and drug possession. The prisoner has served his non-parole period and is now eligible to apply for parole.

Dylan Reynolds, the Principal Practitioner at Reservoir CCS, will participate in the mock hearing by presenting the facts of the Parole Suitability Assessment to the Board and audience.

The mock hearing is free and bookings are not required.