Public Safety & Justice

The focus of the Public Safety & Justice practice group is to advise and represent clients in matters that have a direct impact on the protection of the community. This includes:

  • high risk offender matters
  • forensic and involuntary patient matters
  • parole advice and proceedings
  • segregated and protective custody matters
  • AVO advice and proceedings
  • applications under the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001
  • prerogative of mercy advice
  • contempt advice and proceedings. 

We have expertise in matters involving the intersection between the civil and criminal law jurisdictions. This includes representation of the State of NSW and government agencies across a broad range of courts and tribunals – from matters before the State Parole Authority and Mental Health Review Tribunal, to proceedings in the Supreme Court/Court of Appeal concerning offenders subject to post-release and mental health regimes.

Examples of our work for clients

  • Providing specialist advice and assistance to public officers, including in defending AVO proceedings arising from their employment.
  • Proven record of success in statutory applications on behalf of the State of NSW and government agencies, succeeding in almost nine out of ten applications for continuing detention orders or extended supervision orders under the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 2006. (Refer to the media release from the Department of Communities and Justice).


Last updated:

23 Nov 2022

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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future. 

Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.

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