The Inquiries Legal Practice Group forms part of the CSO's Inquiries & Criminal Law Division. It comprises a team of solicitors dedicated to assisting and representing the Crown Solicitor's clients at inquests and all forms of inquiry, and in relation to matters involving investigatory processes.
The group also offers the services of solicitor advocates who provide highly specialised and cost-effective advocacy services.
For details regarding specific areas of law relating to government, see the Directory of Services.
Our Legal Practice Group specialises in inquisitorial proceedings and the law relating to investigations, and has particular expertise in the following areas:
Coronial Inquests and Inquiries
Our lawyers have assisted the State Coroner and Deputy State Coroners in numerous complex and high-profile inquests in New South Wales, covering a range of scenarios including deaths during the course of police operations and in police custody, suspicious, or unexplained deaths or inquests into missing persons, product liability deaths and deaths involving medical issues. Our lawyers additionally assist with complex fire inquiries.
We also have extensive experience representing government departments and statutory bodies at coronial inquests and coronial inquiries into fires and explosions.
Inquiries, including Special Commissions
Our lawyers have represented interested parties and assisted in inquisitorial proceedings such as Special Commissions of Inquiry and hearings before the Independent Commission against Corruption. Members of the group have also assisted the Judicial Commission in inquiries into complaints against judicial officers.
Lawyers in the practice group are currently representing the State of New South Wales in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and recently assisted Commissioner McHugh AC QC with the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW
Forensic Procedures and Search Warrants
Our lawyers regularly advise on the scope of police powers under the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 and the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000, and represent clients in relation to challenges to orders made under those Acts.
In addition to the areas outlined above, the Inquiries Legal Practice Group has substantial experience in the law relating to other investigatory issues, including:
The Legal Practice Group also runs educational and training seminars for our clients.
Clients requiring additional information on the work of the Inquiries Legal Practice Group should contact A/Director, Alana McCarthy on 02 9224 5163. Clients who would like a copy of the Inquiries Practice Group profile which details solicitors' backgrounds and experience and support staff contact details should email firstname.lastname@example.org