06 March 2018

New Director of Public Prosecutions appointed

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Kerri Judd QC as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Mr Pakula congratulated Ms Judd, who will serve as Victoria’s first female DPP.

“Ms Judd is the first woman in Victoria to be appointed as the DPP and she will make an outstanding contribution to the role,” Mr Pakula said.

Ms Judd said she feels honoured and privileged to serve in the role.

“This appointment is the highlight of my career and a great opportunity to have real influence in the administration of criminal justice,” she said.

“As Director, I intend to make considered, prompt and appropriate decisions.

“I will appeal any sentences that are clearly inadequate and I would like my legacy to be that I have been respectful to victims and assisted them as much as possible through the court process.”

She said she aimed to further modernise criminal prosecutions through the running of electronic trials.

Ms Judd was admitted to practice law in Victoria in 1989 and signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1991.

She appeared in an extensive array of appellate proceedings in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and for the prosecution and defence in a number of significant criminal trials.

Ms Judd was appointed Senior Crown Prosecutor in August 2016, and Acting Chief Crown Prosecutor in December 2017.

She is Victoria’s eighth DPP.

For further information contact:

Anthony Loncaric

03 9603 2603