New Senior Crown Prosecutor for NSW

Publication date: Wednesday, 7 March 2018

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Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the appointment of Christopher Maxwell QC as Senior Crown Prosecutor for NSW.

“Mr Maxwell is an exceptional legal practitioner with over 40 years of experience who has specialised in criminal prosecutions in NSW and internationally at the most senior levels,” Mr Speakman said.

“He has proven his capabilities as Senior Crown Prosecutor, having acted in the role for six months last year and again in recent weeks.”

Mr Maxwell joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in 1987, was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1989, and has been a Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor for more than two decades.

He has regularly prosecuted the most serious crimes in the Supreme Court, including the 2016 trial of former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara who were jailed for life for murder.

Mr Maxwell has played a critical role in the DPP’s implementation of a new scheme to reduce court delays by encouraging defendants to enter early appropriate guilty pleas.

In 2002, Mr Maxwell took leave from the DPP to join the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, where he prosecuted war crimes, terrorism, human trafficking and other serious crimes, later serving as the UN’s Chief International Prosecutor in Kosovo. He initiated the implementation of an Independent Kosovo Special Prosecutor’s Office. While in Kosovo, he also helped design a system to relocate witnesses who received death threats from organised crime figures.

Mr Maxwell holds Bachelors of Laws and Arts degrees from the University of Sydney. He was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1975 and practised as a private barrister for the first 11 years of his career.

He will commence as Senior Crown Prosecutor on 8 March 2018, replacing Mark Tedeschi QC who served in the role for more than 20 years.

“I congratulate Mr Tedeschi on all he has achieved as a long-serving Senior Crown Prosecutor and wish Mr Maxwell every success in his new role,” Mr Speakman said.