Interview with Steven Milesi, CSO Senior Solicitor, Inquiries
Steven Milesi joined the CSO's Inquiries team as a Senior Solicitor in January this year. Since then, Steven has primarily worked to assist the State Coroner and his deputies in coronial inquests, but has also assisted with the work the CSO has been doing for the NSW Government at the Child Abuse Royal Commission and in the Supreme Court dealing with forensic procedure appeals.
Steven's experience has particularly suited him to his role in the Inquiries team. Prior to coming to the Crown Solicitor's Office, he was a Barrister at the Victorian Bar, practising in the criminal and coronial jurisdictions and prior to that a Senior Solicitor with the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions. Before finding his passion for criminal and inquiries work Steven even did a stint in commercial litigation with a large commercial firm, variously haggling over fishing rights for Patagonian toothfish and contracts to build new trains.
Prior to coming to the law, Steven was a member of the Victoria Police Force for 18 years. He primarily worked in criminal investigations but also spent time in uniform, in accident investigation and in the prosecutions branch.
This experience puts Steven in a somewhat unique position to assist the Coroner and other clients of the CSO. There aren't that many lawyers out there that have had the first-hand experience of driving in a high speed pursuit, leading teams investigating major crimes, arresting armed and dangerous offenders and attending upward of fifty fatal motor car collisions. Steven says, "I like to think it gives me a little insight into what it is like for someone who has to make critical decisions in very stressful circumstances."
Asked about some of the highlights of his career to date, Steven cites his role as junior prosecuting counsel in the year-long murder trial of Hugo Rich as one that is particularly memorable. Of his time in the police force, Steven says there were many highlights and a few not so high moments, but his work as a police offer has been enormously helpful in his work as a criminal and inquiries lawyer.
Of his work at the CSO, Steven says, "I have worked in some pretty amazing roles over many years, but I have never been more eager to get up every morning to come into work. The work at the CSO fascinates me every day and the people I work with are amazing. My work is stimulating, rewarding and makes a difference. I love what I do." Off to do battle in his time at the Bar
Steven (centre) in his policing days