Alanna Van der Veen

Alanna Van der Veen

PhD Candidate
Bachelor of Arts (University of Newcastle); Bachelor of Laws / Diploma of Legal Practice (Honours Class I) (University of Newcastle); Masters of Law (University of New South Wales)

Alanna’s PhD research examines unreasonable trial delay in the criminal justice system.  In particular, Alanna’s research focuses on the effect that legal culture can have on creating an environment where unreasonable trial delay can thrive.  The effect that the common law plays in creating such a legal culture is explored.

Research topic

Killing Time: The Challenges of Reforming Unreasonable Criminal Trial Delay


Areas of interest

Criminal law and process; evidence law; advocacy; legal research and writing; comparative criminal justice


30 March 2022: Hunter Valley Law Society

‘Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility’


Presenter: Podcast

November 2021: University of New South Wales, Centre for Crime, Law and Justice

‘Talking About Justice: Covid and Justice: Perspectives from the Courts, Prosecution and Defence’



“Navigating the New Normal: The Virtual Court” (2020) June Law Society Journal 74-75



“Examining Liability for Felony Murder through Joint Criminal Enterprise” (2017) October Law Society Journal 88-89.



“Interlocutory Appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal: A Consideration of Competency” (2017) March Law Society Journal 72-73.


“Bail in 2016: A Wrap from the Court of Criminal Appeal” (2017) February Law Society Journal 82-83.



23 May 2016 – Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
“Appearing before the Registrar of Crime and the CCA: Bails and Appeals”


2 March 2016 - Supreme Court of NSW
“Information Session: Practice Note SC CL 11”


“Changes to Supreme Court Bail Procedures” (2016) March Law Society Journal 92-93


“Showing Cause Under s16A of the Bail Act 2013: Lessons from the CCA” (2016) February Law Society Journal 94-95


17 October 2015 - NSW Young Lawyers Annual Ones Day Advocacy Seminar
“Practitioners Appearing in the Registrars’ Lists in the NSW Supreme Court”