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Barrister Alissa Moen

Alissa MoenDate of Admission

BA (Syd Uni 1992); LLB (Syd Uni 1994); Dip PLT (UTS 1995)

Areas of Practice

  • Coronial Inquests/Commissions of Inquiry
  • Criminal
  • Disciplinary inquiries
  • Medical Negligence
  • Intentional Torts

The majority of Alissa’s practice is criminal law.  She is a member of the Legal Aid Commission’s Specialist Barrister Panels for Complex Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Matters. She won her first jury trial as defence counsel in December 1999. Alissa has advised and appeared as defence counsel in many homicide proceedings. Those proceedings have included ten homicide trials, seven where she was junior counsel and three where she appeared without a leader. Each of the latter three trials resulted in her clients being acquitted of all charges. Alissa has appeared as defence counsel in District Court trial matters involving allegations of a wide range of criminal offences. She has appeared as defence counsel in criminal proceedings in the ACT and Western Australia. In the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal Alissa has appeared in severity, interlocutory and conviction appeals.

Alissa has advised and appeared in administrative law proceedings in relation to the transfer and release of clients in custody. She has advised and appeared in criminal asset recovery proceedings in the Local, District and Supreme Courts. She has appeared in coronial proceedings arising from the death in custody of a transgender prison inmate. She has appeared for mentally ill clients in proceedings where they claimed Contracts Review Act relief in relation to loan transactions.

Throughout her career Alissa has appeared for clients from socially and economically disadvantaged families and communities. She has extensive experience in communicating with clients suffering from mental illness. From 1996 to 2002 she appeared many times as duty lawyer representing patients brought before the Mental Health Review Tribunal or Magistrate pursuant to the Mental Health Act. Alissa has a range of experience in communicating with children and young persons involved in court proceedings. From 1996 until 2008 she appeared for many young persons facing criminal proceedings in the Children’s Court, District Court and Supreme Court. From 1999 until 2007 she appeared for various parties to proceedings in the care and protection jurisdiction of the Children’s Court and District Court, including as separate representative for the subject children.

Alissa has delivered continuing legal education seminar papers on Crown Duties of Fairness, Impartiality and Restraint in a Criminal Trial (2004), Defended Local Court Hearings (2004), Conduct of Sexual Assault Trials (2006), Interventionist Judges (2009), The Historical Development of Fundamental Features of a Fair Trial (2010), Recent Legislative Amendments in Criminal Law (2014), and Childhood Adversity and Sentencing (2015).Alissa has delivered lectures to law students on the law of evidence, criminal law practice, trial process and search and seizure.  From 1996 to 2000 she conducted tutorials in the law governing companies and partnerships, within a course for commerce students at the University of Newcastle. In 1998 she designed and lectured in a course on public international law at the University of Newcastle. Alissa has acted as a judge in moot court exercises for law students at Newcastle University and the University of Sydney.

In 2006 Alissa contributed to the NSW Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee’s written submissions for Bar Council in relation to Greg James QC’s Review of the New South Wales Forensic Mental Health Legislation (August 2007). From 2007-2009 she served on the NSW Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee. In 2011 she served on the NSW Bar Association’s Criminal Law and Legal Aid Committees.

Alissa’s practice was based in Newcastle from 1996-2002. In October 2002 she returned to Sydney and joined Sir Owen Dixon Chambers.

Contact Details
Address:         Level 64,
                         MLC Centre
                         19 Martin Place (Cnr of King and Castlereagh Streets)
                         Sydney NSW 2000
                         DX 343 Sydney
Telephone:     02 8076 6600
Fax:                  02 8076 6622

If you have any enquiries concerning Alissa Moen’s availability please contact the Clerk, Ian Irvine

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