Seen and Heard: Children and the Courts (ANU/NJCA Joint Conference)

Date: 7 to 8-Feb-2015


Session 1: Keynote Address (to be provided) 

Justice Jennifer Coate 
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Sessions 2 & 3: Communication by Children

Neuroscience and communicating with children (powerpoint)
Professor Max Bennett AO 
Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney 

Interviewing children and child memory (powerpoint)
Associate Professor Stephen Stathis
Children’s Health Queensland, Hospital and Health Service

Children’s oral language competence and their interface with the law (powerpoint)
Professor Pamela Snow 
Monash University

A judicial perspective on communication by children (paper)
Judge Meryl Sexton
County Court of Victoria 

Sessions 4 & 5: Communication with Children

New Zealand experience with judicial officers speaking directly to children (paper)
Judge Peter Callinicos
District Court of New Zealand

Comments from the perspectives of social science and the rights of children (powerpoint)
Professor Judy Cashmore AO
University of Sydney

Sessions 6, 7 & 8: Communication about Children

Information-sharing and confidentiality issues in the family law area (paper)
Information-sharing and confidentiality issues in the family law area (powerpoint)
Professor Richard Chisholm AM
ANU College of Law, Australian National University

A trial judge’s perspective on information sharing (paper)
A trail judge’s perspective on information sharing (powerpoint)
Judge Tom Altobelli
Federal Circuit Court of Australia

How child protection and family law agencies cooperate in WA (paper)
Ms Michele Cohen, Child Protection Consultant
Family Court of Western Australia
(paper presented by Justice Simon Moncrieff – Family Court of Western Australia)

Reuniting children taken from parents with drug and alcohol problems involves Family Court judges and problem solving courts (3 year pilot study) (powerpoint)
Magistrate Greg Levine
Children’s Court Victoria