Managing Principal Solicitor
LLB, BA

 

Jodie has over twenty five years' experience as a government lawyer and has demonstrated expertise in Court processes (both adversarial and inquisitorial), Royal Commissions, decision-making; regulatory powers, procedures, compliance and enforcement; investigative techniques, forensic analysis; prosecutions; inquests; prevention, management and legislative reform.

Jodie has acquired a strong knowledge of coercive information-gathering powers of government agencies and inquiries through her experiences as:

  • Manager of Legal Services at the Coroners Court of Victoria, for 5.5 years, where she acquired unique and rare experience in managing 1000s Coronial investigations including appearing as counsel assisting in inquests. 

  • Lead Lawyer at the VGSO in the Royal Commissions Branch where she managed the State of Victoria's response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

  • Managing Principal Solicitor at the VGSO where she managing numerous health and safety investigations and prosecutions.

  • Senior Lawyer (Coronial and Prevention) at WorkSafe Victoria where she managed the regulator's involvement in all workplace deaths.

Jodie's previous roles include:

  • as a Senior Solicitor with the National Crime Authority and the Australian Crime Commission (between 4 March 2002 to February 2004), where she investigated complex crime for the purpose of bringing a prosecution. She also:

    • appeared as counsel assisting an Examiner in NCA/ACC examinations.

    • settled affidavits, prepared relevant listening device and telephone intercept warrants and appeared before a Member of the AAT to make an application for the issue of warrants.

    • provided strategic and high level legal and policy advice to the Chairman, the Examiners, multi-disciplinary investigation teams and undercover operatives in relation to South East Asian Crime, illicit drug importation, organised criminal networks, fraud related offences, abalone offences, Crimes Act 1914 (Cth), Part 1AC: “Assumed Identities” and “Controlled Operations”.

    • drafted policy to address safety issues for registered informants when providing evidence before courts.

    • various senior prosecution roles at WorkSafe Victoria (between February 2004 and November 2012), where she appeared as counsel and instructed counsel in numerous prosecutions of health and safety breaches.

    • as a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions (between October 1995 to March 2002), where she provided complex strategic legal advice on the merit of criminal proceedings; appeared as counsel in committals, pleas of guilty, mentions, case conferences, appeals, summary prosecutions and sentences.  She also conducted a number of prosecutions which involved vulnerable people including those with disabilities.

    • as a solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (between September 1994 to October 1995), where she managed Medical Board prosecutions, Confiscation of Profits of Crime applications and Crown Casino prosecutions.

Jodie, while on a short-term secondment to the Department of Treasure and Finance, was also responsible for preparing the drafting instructions for the powers (which included coercive powers) of Victorian WorkCover Authority inspectors and the appropriateness of the sentencing structure when implementing the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

In 2016, the Law Institute of Victoria awarded Jodie the honour of Government Lawyer of the Year.