Jonathan has diverse experience as a criminal law advocate and is experienced representing defendants in proceedings for post-sentence orders such as continuing detention orders, extended supervision orders and control orders under State and Commonwealth regimes.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Jonathan had a broad criminal law practice working at Legal Aid NSW and the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited in regional locations including Tamworth, Griffith, Broken Hill and the NSW Central Coast in addition to working in private practice.
Jonathan worked at Legal Aid’s High Risk Offender Unit, acting for defendants in continuing detention order and extended supervision order applications under the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 2006 and the Terrorism (High Risk Offenders) Act 2017 brought by the State of New South Wales in the Supreme Court. These defendants had been convicted of serious violence and serious sex offences or deemed terrorism activity offenders respectively. Jonathan has appeared as advocate in a preliminary hearing for an extended supervision order and has instructed in the Court of Appeal in appeals against continuing detention orders and interim supervision orders. Jonathan has also acted in an application in the Federal Court for a control order under Division 104 of the Criminal Code (Cth) for an individual convicted of a terrorism offence.
Jonathan’s experience in criminal law prior to coming to the Bar included appearing as advocate in various District Court sentences for serious offences (e.g. sexual assault, wounding, drug supply, armed robbery), in the Local and Children’s Courts for all manner of defended criminal hearings and summary matters and Supreme Court bail applications. Jonathan has instructed District Court trials and maintained carriage of serious criminal matters including murder and also has experience in the Commonwealth criminal jurisdiction and the Court of Criminal Appeal.
Jonathan has completed an internship at the Trial Chamber of the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Jonathan is on the following Legal Aid NSW panels:
Jonathan is interested in maintaining regional appearance work.