External Junior Counsel Panel

The CDPP receives briefs of evidence from Commonwealth investigative agencies and state and territory agencies. The CDPP manages its legal matters through its national practice group model and has five National Practice Groups dedicated to prosecuting categories of crime and supporting partner agencies in their investigations.

The CDPP often engages counsel to support some of the litigation work conducted by the Office and has established a Junior External Counsel Panel for this purpose.

This Panel approach allows the CDPP to increase the number of junior counsel briefed, improve gender equity and diversity in our briefing practices and create a quick and easy application process for members seeking to work with the CDPP. Further, having a vetted application process means that the CDPP can ensure that the advocates it briefs have up-to-date and relevant experience to undertake prosecution work for the Office.

Meeting the selection criteria alone does not guarantee that counsel will be added to the Panel. Each application will be assessed on is merits taking into account counsel's overall suitability and the prequirements of the office. The CDPP may periodically review the make up of the Panel taking into account the changing needs of the Office. If counsel are removed from the Panel as part of this process, they will be notified. 


Counsel may apply to join the Panel at any time by submitting an application form.