Hugh Dillon

Hugh Dillon

Postgraduate Research Student
BA, LL.B, LL.M (Syd)

PhD candidate & Teaching Fellow (Adjunct Professor)

Hugh commenced his PhD candidature in the Faculty of Law in 2018. His research project is about the NSW coronial system and its effectiveness in relation to the prevention of death. He has taught as a sessional lecturer since 2007, his course being The Essential Advocate (an introduction to trial advocacy).

Hugh was admitted as a solicitor in 1983 and was appointed as a magistrate in 1996. Between 2008 and 2016 he was a Deputy State Coroner. He left the Local Court in 2017. He is now a part-time Deputy President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal reviewing forensic patients.

Areas of research

Coroners and coronial systems, law and practice, Advocacy, Evidence, Criminal and civil procedure, Administrative law


Jennifer Schulz Moore, Julie Stubbs

Publications and presentations

Dillon, H. and David Pollard, Crisis and Deliverance: The Perilous Year of 1942 (awaiting publisher acceptance)
Dillon, H, (ed). Murray Gleeson: Selected papers and speeches (Sydney: Federation Press, 2017)
Consultant editor, Local Court (NSW) Criminal Practice (Sydney: LexisNexis 1999-2016).
Dillon H and Hadley, M. The Australasian Coroners Manual. (Sydney: Federation Press, 2015).
Dillon H, (with Baker B, Roberts H & Abernethy J) Waller’s Coronial Law and Practice in NSW (4th ed) (Sydney: LexisNexis, 2010)

“A three-cavity autopsy of the NSW coronial system: what’s going on inside?”, NSW Bar News, Autumn 2019.
“A probe in the system: medical inquests”, (2019) 150 Precedent 9-12.
“Why NSW needs a specialist Coroners Court”, Law Society Journal, September 2018.
“A doctor’s guide to giving expert evidence”, MJA Insight, 3 April 2018
“The roles of counsel in the coronial jurisdiction” (2010) 33 Aust Bar Rev 293.
“Judicial Technique: Giving proper and sufficient reasons for decision” (2008) 9 The Judicial Review 107
“Australian Lawyers and Social Change: A Magistrate’s Perspective”, (2004) 5 The Judicial Review.

Chapters in books etc
“Remorse in magistrates’ courts: a personal view” in Steven Tudor, Richard Weisman, Michael Proeve and Kate Rossmanith (eds), Remorse and Criminal Justice: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives (Routledge forthcoming).
“Coroners”, Butterworths Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary LexisNexis, online (2015)
“Coroners”, Butterworths Concise Australian Legal Dictionary LexisNexis (2010)
“Coronial Matters” in NSW Local Courts Bench Book (2009)
“Advocacy” in Local Court (NSW) Criminal Practice (Sydney: LexisNexis 1999-2016)
“Public Accountability and External Review of Police Conduct” in Barbara Etter & Mick Palmer (eds) Police Leadership in Australasia (Sydney: Federation Press, Sydney, 1995).