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New Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions named

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has appointed a Victorian silk as the newest Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP).

user iconJerome Doraisamy 16 November 2023 Politics
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Raelene Sharp KC has been appointed as CDPP for a five-year term, which will commence on 4 December this year.

Her assumption of the role fills the vacancy left by the former CDPP, the Honourable Justice Sarah McNaughton, as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW.


Ms Sharp, the A-G’s Department said in a statement, joined the Victorian Bar in 2010 and took silk in 2022. She has “a strong criminal law practice”, appearing for the CDPP in many complex and sensitive cases, and has broad public law experience, both as counsel in public law litigation and through her work with the Office of the Special Investigator and the then Australian Crime Commission

Speaking about the appointment, A-G Dreyfus said: “I congratulate Ms Sharp on her appointment and thank her for taking on this important role.

“I also thank Mr Scott Bruckard PSM for acting as director while the appointment process was undertaken.”

The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is an independent prosecution service established by Parliament in 1984 to prosecute alleged offences against Commonwealth law.