29 June 2017

Two Crown Prosecutors appointed

Victorian barristers Mark Gibson and Catherine Parkes have been appointed Crown Prosecutors for a three-year term by the Governor in Council.

DPP John Champion S.C. today said they were welcome appointments.

“They are great additions and I am sure they will both make very valuable contributions to the criminal justice system in Victoria as part of Crown Prosecutors’ Chambers,” Mr Champion said.

After signing the Victorian Bar Roll in 1986, Mr Gibson’s practice focused on civil, commercial and criminal law.  Over the past 15 years he practiced exclusively in criminal law, prosecuting on behalf of the Victorian DPP and more recently for the Commonwealth DPP.

Mr Gibson has appeared in a numerous trials involving murder, sex offences, drug offences, assaults and fraud.

Ms Parkes worked as a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions between 2001 and 2009.

She signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 2009 and appeared in all jurisdictions for both prosecution and defence in Melbourne and circuit courts.

Crown Prosecutors are independent statutory officers who conduct, and appear in, criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions. They are allocated the most serious and complex matters.

The Governor in Council made the Crown Prosecutor appointments under the Public Prosecutions Act 1994, effective from 27 June 2017.

For further information contact:

Anthony Loncaric

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