John Cain is Victoria's Solicitor for Public Prosecutions. He began in the role in November 2015.
Mr Cain studied at Monash University where he completed a Bachelor of Economics in 1979 and a Bachelor of Law in 1981. He also completed the Legal Professional Services Firm course at Harvard Business School in 2010.
Mr Cain began his legal career at Maurice Blackburn as an articled clerk in 1982 and forged his legal career at the firm over the next 20 years. After working as a solicitor for four years, he was appointed a partner at Maurice Blackburn in 1987 and then Managing Partner from 1991 to 2002.
Mr Cain was Chief Executive Officer at the Law Institute of Victoria from 2002 to 2006, and became the Victorian Government Solicitor from 2006 to 2011.
In 2011, he became Managing Partner at Herbert Geer (now Thomson Geer).
Mr Cain is also the Chair of the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University; an Advisory Board Member of the Victoria University School of Business and Law; a board member of the Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee, and a member of the College of Law Victoria Chapter Board.
The role of Solicitor for Public Prosecutions
The SPP has the functions of a public service body head under the Public Administration Act 2004 in relation to the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP). The OPP’s function is to prepare and conduct criminal prosecutions effectively, economically and efficiently. As such the SPP manages the OPP on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). This involves the management of the staff and budget of what is Victoria’s largest criminal practice.
The SPP is responsible for briefing Crown Prosecutors, Associate Crown Prosecutors, Solicitor Advocates and barristers to appear in criminal proceedings on behalf of the DPP.
In carrying out these duties, the SPP needs to ensure the prosecutorial system gives appropriate consideration to the concerns of victims of crime.
The SPP is a member of the Director’s Committee, along with the DPP and the Chief Crown Prosecutor.