Criminal law. Julie is an experienced trial advocate. She has appeared for the defence in criminal trials in both the Supreme Court and the County Court of Victoria. Julie is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister.

Human Rights- From 1999-2001, employed by Aboriginal Legal Services in Katherine, Darwin and Alice Springs as a Criminal Lawyer. Appearance work in all courts as Defence Counsel and in Coronial Inquests. Involved in the submission to the United Nations Human Rights committee in 2000, seeking a declaration against Mandatory Sentencing in the Northern Territory and its affect on Aboriginal Defendants. Has written and presented papers on the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report and Aboriginal Customary Law. 

International Criminal Law- May 2006- July 2006. Legal Consultant to the Defence Team of OTP v Krajisnik at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague.

July 2006- November 2007- Engaged as Defence Co-Counsel for OTP v Popovic, “Srebrenica Trial”. ICTY, The Hague. Experienced in all facets of international criminal law, both its substantive and procedural aspects. Julie is also on the List of Defence Counsel eligible to practice at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, based in Phnom Penh.

Education – By invitation of the Victorian Bar, Julie has traveled to Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu on a number of occasions to teach Law Students and members of the profession advocacy workshops.

Julie was appointed Senior Counsel in and for the State of Victorian in 2016.

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Areas of Practice


  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Fraud
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
  • Property Offences
  • Sexual Assault
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime


  • Criminal Appeals

International Law

  • Public International Law

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