Full Name: Mr Marcus E Dempsey
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: +61 3 9225 8480
Chambers: David Ross Chambers
Date of Admission: 4 Nov 1997
Called to the Bar: 23 May 2002
Qualifications: BA/LLB


Marcus Dempsey has practised in criminal law for 20 years, 14 of those as counsel. He appears in trials and pleas in all jurisdictons, as well as undertaking appellate work. He also appears in matters involving the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act, the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Fitness to be Tried) Act and for examinees in compulsory examinations conducted by various statutory bodies. 

Between 2010 and 2014 he was employed as a Senior Public Defender at Victoria Legal Aid, where he also delivered training on complex criminal issues and advocacy.

Marcus has been selected as a member of the Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List and holds a Victorian Bar Indictable Crime Certificate.

He is a teacher with the Australian Advocacy Institute, teaching in trial practice at Monash University and is a mentor for Melbourne University Juris Doctor programme. Marcus also teaches at the Bar Readers course.

Marcus does not accept briefs through barristersconnect.

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Extradition
  • Social Security

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