Sophie Parsons is an experienced advocate who appears in Victorian courts and before investigative bodies such as Royal Commissions. She appears in bail applications, committals, trials, pleas and appeals. Sophie has appeared in jury trials in both Victoria and the Northern Territory.
Sophie Parsons is an experienced criminal law advocate who has appeared in a broad range of defended matters in Victoria and the Northern Territory.
Sophie regularly appears in bail applications, committals, trials, pleas and appeals, with particular experience in sexual offence and family violence matters in the adult and youth jurisdictions. Sophie also appears in matters involving the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 and the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.
Sophie has appeared before Royal Commissions, receiving direct referrals from witness and legal authorities to appear as counsel in the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory at numerous formal hearings. Sophie has contributed to the Doogue + George e-book on Royal Commissions.
Sophie was admitted to practice in Victoria in 2011 and became an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law in 2018. She has also completed further studies in jury trial advocacy with the National Criminal Defence College in the USA. Sophie is particularly skilled at communicating with people from diverse backgrounds, and engaging in matters with a high level of compassion and knowledge of the law.
Sophie has recently published the following blog articles:
- The Victorian Law Reform Commission review of Contested Committals
- Suppression orders in the context of a high profile jury trial
Before joining Doogue + George, Sophie was a defence advocate and manager in the criminal section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) based in Darwin for several years, and also gained experience as a solicitor in litigation and civil law at private law firms in Victoria and the Northern Territory.