Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Queen’s birthday honour awarded to senior CDPP prosecutor

Date of Publication: 
14 June 2016

Deputy Director, Mr Scott Bruckard was yesterday awarded a Public Service Medal in recognition of his distinguished service to the law enforcement and justice community through spear heading counter-terrorism prosecutions.

Mr Bruckard is a Practice Group Leader and key figure in all aspects of the Commonwealth Director Public Prosecutions (CDPP) counter-terrorism capacity, ranging from performing the role of lead CDPP prosecutor on counter-terrorism prosecutions, through to being the primary source of advice to law enforcement agencies on the application of criminal law as it relates to counter-terrorism investigations.

Mr Bruckard, through his leadership and drive within the CDPP, and across the broader national security framework, has not only contributed significantly to the prosecution of persons alleged to be involved in terrorism-related activity, but is a primary source of advice to policy makers and practitioners in the development and application of criminal law.

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms Sarah McNaughton SC  praised Mr Bruckard for his dedication and hard work over many years in this very difficult area of the law.

‘Mr Bruckard is an outstanding leader with a wealth of knowledge, experience and professionalism  and it’s my great honour to congratulate him on his achievement yesterday’.

‘Counter-terrorism prosecutions are one of the most difficult areas of law and this accolade demonstrates Mr Bruckard’s collaborative approach to working with our law enforcement partners to achieve effective outcomes for the entire community’.

‘He is a first-class leader, lawyer and role model and inspires those around him  to strive to attain similar standards of professionalism’.

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Scott Bruckard PSM

Scott has worked as a Federal Prosecutor for close to 30 years prosecuting a wide range of crime types.

Since 2004 Scott has specialised in the prosecution of counter-terrorism matters. He has managed some of Australia’s largest and high profile cases including the prosecution of Jack Thomas and the numerous prosecutions arising out of AFP Operation Halophyte, Operation Neath and Operation Pendennis — Australia’s largest counter-terrorism police investigation.

In Scott’s current portfolio he oversees the delivery of specialist legal services to police and other partner agencies during the course of counter-terrorism and more complex organised crime investigations. Scott has a strong interest in developing better ways to manage large criminal litigation, particularly through more effective partnerships and smarter use of technology.

Scott has represented Australia at a number of international counter-terrorism conferences and forums, including at the United Nations in New York and at a Global Counter-Terrorism Forum in Frankfurt. He holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne.