08 May 2018

Two Crown Prosecutors appointed

Two Victorian barristers, Kristie Churchill and Robyn Harper, have been appointed as Crown Prosecutors.

Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd QC and Chief Crown Prosecutor Brendan Kissane QC welcomed the appointments.

“Both women have substantial experience in prosecutions and a thorough knowledge of the law.  I look forward to the contribution they will make to the administration of criminal justice,” Ms Judd said.

Mr Kissane said Ms Churchill would bring strong experience in prosecution of sexual offences to the role, and Ms Harper has appeared for both the prosecution and the defence and, importantly, has experience with electronic briefs.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms Churchill and Ms Harper to the Crown Prosecutors’ Chambers,” Mr Kissane said.

Ms Churchill was admitted to practice in 2009 after studying law at Monash University.

Prior to joining the Victorian Bar in November 2009, she was an articled clerk and then solicitor for the Office of Public Prosecutions, initially in general crime. She worked in the Specialist Sex Offences Unit and has a particular expertise and interest in these matters including proceedings under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009. She appears mainly in the County Court trial division, and also has appeared as junior counsel in Supreme Court murder trials.

Ms Harper has been at the Victorian Bar for eight years, after almost five years as a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions. She has experience appearing for both the prosecution and defence, in Melbourne and on circuit. She has appeared in County Court trials and in Mental Impairment matters. She has also appeared in the Children’s Court in both the criminal and family jurisdictions, and in bail applications in the Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts.

Ms Harper was admitted to practice in 2004 after studying law at Monash University. She joined the Bar in 2009.

For further information contact:

Anthony Loncaric

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