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Silk named as WA Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions

Justin Whalley SC has been appointed as the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in Western Australia.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 17 May 2024 The Bar
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West Australian Attorney-General John Quigley has appointed Justin Whalley SC as the state’s Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions for a five-year term.

Whalley, who obtained his law degree from Southampton University in England in 1987, was admitted as a barrister in Australia in 2002 and has been a senior prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in Western Australia since 2009.


Since 2016, he has been a senior consultant state prosecutor, and he has been a senior consultant state prosecutor within the ODPP since 2015. He was appointed senior counsel in 2019.

A-G Quigley said: “The deputy director undertakes a key leadership role in the ODPP and represents the state in the most demanding, complex and sensitive criminal trials and appeals, involving appearances in the High Court of Australia and the supreme and district courts of Western Australia. The role includes overseeing the effective delivery of the ODPP's criminal prosecution service by providing leadership, direction and support to State Prosecutors.

“Mr Whalley has been employed in various roles by the ODPP, in both Queensland and Western Australia, for the past 24 years. As an established and trusted leader at the ODPP, Mr Whalley SC is ideally suited to serve as deputy director.

“I extend my sincere congratulations to Mr Whalley SC on his appointment as deputy director and wish him well in his new role.”