Tahn O’Rourke

Areas of Practice

  • Coronial Inquests / Commissions of Inquiry
  • Criminal Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • Sexual Assault Communications Privilege

Date of Admission

2015: Admitted as a Solicitor

2020: Called to the Bar


B Int St LLB Hons – Macquarie University

LLM (International Security Law) – Australian National University

Tahn has extensive experience in criminal matters as an advocate in the Children’s Court, Local Court and the District Court in hearings, bail/release applications, s32 and s20BQ applications, committal and Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) matters, sentencing, appeals and interlocutory matters including sexual assault communications privilege.

Tahn instructed Counsel in all jurisdictions, including Local Court, District Court, Court of Appeal and the Court of Criminal Appeal, involving State and Commonwealth Offences, including; terrorism, murder, sexual offences, fraud, robbery, break and enter, wounding, assault, drug offences, firearm offences, domestic violence offences, dangerous/negligent driving causing death, arson and special hearings.

Tahn is a member of the Legal Aid Summary Crime, Indictable Crime and Mental Health Panels.

Tahn has experience in appearing before the NSW Crime Commission (NSWCC) and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Ms O’Rourke has also instructed in Coronial Inquiries and Commissions of Inquest, including multiple case studies within the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Tahn also has experience in intentional tort matters, including matters involving claims against the State of NSW for false imprisonment, assault and battery, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and collateral abuse of process.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Tahn was an Associate Solicitor with a small firm, where she practised in criminal law and intentional torts.