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 Powers
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


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