The ACCL was formed in 2010, in the belief that criminal lawyers across the Commonwealth improve their practices, and promote the principles of common law criminal justice, by understanding the criminal law of other Commonwealth jurisdictions and keeping up with important developments. Read more about our guiding principles here.
What we do
The main functions of the ACCL are to improve access to legal materials, to provide opportunities for members to practise in other Commonwealth jurisdictions, and to publish high quality comparative commentary on developments in criminal law and practice. This will be achieved by providing an easily accessible, online resource for criminal lawyers, including a forum for legal professionals to exchange information and opinions. The ACCL will make submissions in response to public consultations and intervene in criminal proceedings where the ACCL can add a Commonwealth perspective. Members of the ACCL can provide practical support to other members seeking information about practice in other jurisdictions.