Vacancies at The Public Defenders
The Attorney General is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment under the Public Defenders Act 1995 to the following roles:
Public Defender - Sydney and Sydney West (job reference number 48818).
Public Defender - Wagga Wagga (job reference number 48819).
Note: The roles are for a fixed term that may be renewed. A separate application for each role is required. Applications in Word or PDF, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online.
Applications close: Monday, 24 July 2022 (11.59 pm).
Public Defender Sydney/Sydney West Apply here
BAIL FOLLOWING CONVICTION AND BEFORE SENTENCING - THE NEW SECTION 22B OF THE BAIL ACT 2013
The new amendments commenced on 27 June 2022 and apply now. If you practice criminal law, you need to know about them as this is a major change to bail laws. A guide to them is here
Vale Judge Peter Zahra SC
Former Senior Public Defender and much loved and respected colleague of many.
The postal details for the Public Defenders have changed.
Effective immediately the Public Defenders no longer has a DX service.
All Sydney CBD postal correspondence should be addressed to:
The Public Defenders Level 23, 1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
For regional Public Defenders' Chambers see details here
Legal Aid commissioned expert report on the risk COVID-19 poses to pregnant women, in particular incarcerated women. Written by Professor Caroline Homer, Co-Program Director, Maternal and
Child Health at the Burnet Institute and an Emeritus Professor of Midwifery at
the University of Technology Sydney.
Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020
This Act commences 27 March 2021. For a guide to significant changes and procedural flow charts for Unfitness to be Tried and Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Defences see below under Popular Resources