Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

External Junior Counsel Panel

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 six 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.

About the Panel

There are two levels within the Panel:

Level One: Barristers who have been at the Bar for up to 3 years

Level Two: Barristers who have been at the Bar for 3 years or more

Application process

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