Profile

Abbey Hogan is Victoria’s Acting Solicitor for Public Prosecutions. She was appointed to the role in December 2019.

Ms Hogan has a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Arts from RMIT University. She began her legal career at the OPP as an articled clerk in 2003, and has since held a number of roles including in General Prosecutions, Drugs, and Policy & Court of Appeal. 

Up until her appointment, Ms Hogan was the Manager of the OPP’s Policy and Specialised Legal division.

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.