Amelia is based in our City office and has a strong practice in providing advice and representation in Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal matters. Amelia appears almost daily as a solicitor advocate in the Magistrates’ Court, in Melbourne and at suburban courts.
Admitted to practice in 2013, Amelia performs her work with care and professionalism ensuring clients understand the Court process, their charges and that they receive the best possible outcome.
Since joining Doogue + George, Amelia has represented clients in a broad range of indictable offences including, manslaughter (one-punch laws), foreign incursion and terrorism related offences, importation of drugs, cultivation of drugs, and sexual offences. Her work has included trials in the County and Supreme Court, plea hearings and contested committals as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal. Amelia works closely with barristers including briefing Queen’s and Senior Counsel.
Amelia also has experience in representing clients in Royal Commissions including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. More recently, in the Royal Commission into Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, Amelia instructed Counsel at hearings in both Darwin and Alice Springs where she represented current and former employees of the northern Territory Government, adults and children classified as vulnerable witnesses as well as a group of Aboriginal Elders from a remote community in the Northern Territory.
Amelia is a part of the firm’s growing practice in assisting clients before they are charged, making detailed submissions to the police to ultimately prevent the prosecution from proceeding and stop the matter from going to Court. This involves extensive investigation and statement compilation to ensure the client’s narrative is taken into account before the decision to prosecute is made. Working closely with Queen’s Counsel, Amelia has been successful in preventing clients from being charged.
In her additional practice as solicitor-advocate, Amelia appears almost daily in the Magistrates’ Court representing clients charged with driving offences, assaults, thefts, trafficking and possession of drugs and appearing on pleas of guilty, bail applications, breach proceedings, case conferences, contest mentions and diversion hearings.
Prior to joining Doogue + George, Amelia was an associate to a Judge of the County Court at Melbourne where she gained experience in a broad range of criminal and civil matters.
In her earlier career, Amelia worked for 3 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade which included a short term diplomatic posting to Bangkok, Thailand.
Amelia has volunteered at numerous community legal centres in both Victoria and the ACT including Springvale Monash Legal Service, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Justice Connect pro bono legal referrals. She is a co-author of our ebook Victorian Courts Mapping the Court Process.
Amelia graduated from Monash University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in French.