Commissioner Professor Dan Howard SC

Professor Dan Howard SCProfessor Dan Howard SC was President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) from 2012-16 and is a former Acting Judge of the District Court of NSW.

Professor Howard is a Senior Counsel at the NSW Bar, a Visiting Professorial Fellow with the School of Law at the University of Wollongong and a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW, where he teaches in the Masters of Forensic Mental Health program. He is a former NSW Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor.

In 2011-12 Professor Howard was a member of the NSW Minister for Mental Health’s Taskforce to Establish the NSW Mental Health Commission. In 2012-13 he was extensively involved in the Review of the Mental Health Act and in 2007 was a member of the Expert Reference Group established for the review and in his capacity as President of the MHRT.

Professor Howard is the co-author of the textbook Crime and Mental Health Law in New South Wales (3rd edition Lexis Nexis, 2018) and the author of R v Milat – a case study in cross-examination (Lexis Nexis, 2014).

Counsel Assisting

Sally Dowling SC
Nick Kelly
Damian Beaufils

Solicitor Assisting

NSW Crown Solicitor's Office

Chief Operating Officer

David McGrath


Information about the Special Commission, including details about public hearings and the Terms of reference, is available on this webpage.

If you have additional questions, you can contact the Special Commission:

  • Email: inquiry@iceinquiry.nsw.gov.au
  • Telephone: (02) 9228 3333 (between 8:30am-5pm AEDT, Monday to Friday except on public holidays)
  • Mail: Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’
    GPO Box 5341
    Sydney NSW 2001