Anthony Bellanto QC

Admission Dates
Legal Profession: 1967
NSW Bar: 1967
Queens Counsel: 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Sentencing
  • Appeals

Academic Qualifications
LLB. Sydney University – 1968

Professional Background
Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel (Hong Kong) 1975 – 1978
Crown Prosecutor 1978 – 1984

Recent Cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal

  • Mansweto v R [2018] NSWCCA – successful appeal against sentence – manifest excess
  • [Restricted decision] [2019] NSWCCA 190 – successful appeal against conviction –unfair summing up
  • Daaboul v R [2019] NSWCCA 191 – successful appeal against conviction – unreasonable verdict
  • Casella v R [2019] NSWCCA 201 – successful appeal on sentence – manifest excess

Papers Delivered

  • The Rule Against Hearsay – The impact of the new legislation on the “old chestnut”; The requirement to give notice with respect to witnesses – Delivered at Legal and Accounting Management Seminar on Thursday 28 March, 1996 at Masonic Centre, Sydney.
  • The line between legitimate cross examination and exposing the character of the accused – Delivered at Criminal Law Specialists’ Conference, June 1996.
  • Implied and Inherent Power – Delivered on Wednesday 11 March 1998 at the Law Society of NSW.
  • Sex, Lies & Medicos – Delivered at Europe Pacific Medico-legal & Industrial Law Conference, Cortina d’ampezzo. Italy on 10-17 January, 1998.
  • Sentencing for environmental offences – Delivered on Friday 6 February 1998 at the Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library.
  • Current issues in jury trials – Delivered on Saturday, 14 February 1998 at the Dixon Room, State Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
  • Sentencing – Guidelines and Important Judgments of the Court of Criminal Appeal – Delivered on Saturday 4 March 2000 at State Library of New South Wales.
  • Keeping the Client Out of Gaol – Superior Courts By Anthony J Bellanto QC and Steven Torpey, 22 March 2001.
  • Delayed Complaint of Sexual Assault – A Defence Perspective, 24 May 2001.
  • Costs in Criminal Cases. 31 October 2001
  • Instinctive Synthesis or Two-Stage Approach: Does it Really Matter? Discretion in Sentencing, 30 July 2004.
  • “A New Way to Sentence for Serious Crime”: A Response to Spigelman CJ – Delivered at the Criminal Law Specialists Day held at State Library, 4 June 2005.
  • Drug Abuse as a Defence – Delivered to the Medico-Legal Society of NSW, 7 March 2007.
  • Making Effective Bail Applications – Delivered at The College of Law, Criminal Law Update, 30 November 2007.
  • Are Too Many Rights Wrong? Debate held by the Macquarie University Law School, 10 September 2009.
  • The Art of Advocacy – Delivered at the Continuing Professional Development Seminars, 17 November 2010.
  • Developments in Double Jeopardy and the Application of the Statutory Non-Parole Period – Delivered at the Lexis Nexis Criminal Law Conference, 30 November 2011.
  • Criminal Law Update: A review and analysis of some important changes to the criminal law. Delivered at the Sydney CLE Conference, 30 March 2012.
  • The Guilty Plea – Sentencing Advocacy – Delivered at the UNSW CLE Criminal Law Essential Update Conference, 11 March 2015.
  • Dealing with Stress and Trauma in Your Criminal Law Practice – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 21 March 2015.
  • Police Investigative Powers in Drug Trafficking Cases – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 12 March 2016.
  • Child Sexual Offence Evidence: The New Pilot Scheme – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 11 March 2017.
  • The Royal Commission Model Legislation to Amend Evidence Laws: Tendency and Coincidence, but not as we know it… or do we know it all – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 10 March 2018.
  • The Continued Utility of General Deterrence as a Purpose of Sentencing – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 16 March 2019.
Contact

T: (02) 9264 9444
F: (02) 9264 9449
E: abellantoqc@trustchambers.com.au
C: clerk@trustchambers.com.au