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    The Honourable James Wood AO QC

The Hon James Wood AO QC is currently the chairman of both the New South Wales State Parole Authority and the New South Wales Sentencing Council. Mr. Wood was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1964. He was called to the bar in 1970 and subsequently became a Queen’s Counsel. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1984 and became the Chief Judge at Common Law in 1998 before retiring in 2005. He served as chairman of the Law Reform Commission of New South Wales between 2006 and 2014. During his time as a judge, he conducted a royal commission into corruption within the New South Wales police force. He also served as a non-Resident Judge of the Fiji Court of appeal between 2004 and 2006. Selected Previous Reviews • In 2008 he conducted the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW. The inquiry reported on what changes were required within the child protection system to improve the safety of children and families in NSW. • He conducted a Review of Cycling Australia in 2012-2013. Commissioned by the Minister for Sport in relation to its governance and anti-doping arrangements. • He Drafted the NSW Law Reform Commission's 2011 report on Cheating at Gambling as lead Commissioner. • He was a member of the Customs Reform Board in 2013. • He has conducted a number of training sessions for Judges, Prosecution and other law enforcement officials in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.