Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Appointment of new Commonwealth Solicitor for Public Prosecutions

Date of Publication: 
12 October 2015

Mark Pedley has been appointed as the new Commonwealth Solicitor for Public Prosecutions at Australia’s federal prosecution service—the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP).

Mark previously worked at the CDPP having joined the office at its inception in 1984 as a prosecutor and appeared regularly in Victorian courts. Mark was Deputy Director of the Melbourne office over 17 years between 1994 and 2011, before being appointed as a Judicial Registrar of the Victorian Court of Appeal.

As Judicial Registrar, Mark was heavily involved in designing and implementing fundamental reform to criminal and civil appeal practices and procedures in Victoria. The reforms resulted in significant reductions in the listing and determination of appeals which were court led reforms initiated by the Chief Justice, the President and the Judges of the Court.

Mark re-joins us combining his extensive level of understanding and expertise in federal criminal law and the criminal justice system, with high level strategic, management and people skills. Mark is a highly regarded and respected criminal lawyer and senior executive leader, with an acknowledged expertise in federal sentencing.

Mark joins our executive leadership team and will work closely with the CDPP legal practice and corporate management to further enhance our prosecution service. Central to his role will be ensuring effective investigation-prosecution partnerships—supporting our law enforcement and investigative stakeholders to advance the aim of the CDPP to ensure offenders are brought to justice and potential offenders deterred.

Mark Pedley commenced at the CDPP today, 12 October 2015. See full CDPP organisation chart.

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