Mahnoor Sikandar is based in our Melbourne office and regularly appears in the Melbourne Magistrates Court as well as other suburban and regional courts.
Mahnoor is experienced as a criminal solicitor in both summary and indictable matters. She began her practice at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) where she appeared at regional and remote courts across the Northern Territory. She appeared on a range of matters, including aggravated assault, breach of domestic violence orders, unlawfully causing serious harm, arson, robbery, stealing, unlawful entry, use of offensive weapon, possession and supply of drugs and traffic related offending including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, drive while disqualified and drink driving.
Following the findings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory in 2017, Mahnoor has advocated for indigenous youth involved in the criminal justice system and for the inclusion of culturally driven solutions at all stages of the criminal process, particularly in remote communities where resources are most scarce.
Mahnoor holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor (Law) degree from the University of Melbourne. While completing her studies, Mahnoor worked in legal aid offices in Pakistan and with female prisoners in Karachi Central jail.
Mahnoor seeks to use her experience representing a diverse client base and passion for advocacy to rigorously represent those involved in the criminal justice system.