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Crown prosecutor - Matthew Nathan

If you are committed to creating a fair, open and accessible justice system and have a passion for criminal law, why not consider becoming a Crown prosecutor?

Role of a crown prosecutor

Prosecutors act on behalf of the community and prosecute people charged with serious criminal offences in Queensland. The duty of a prosecutor is to act fairly and impartially to help the court to arrive at the truth. Prosecutors are employed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP)

The ODPP is part of our department. We prosecute in the district court, supreme court and also appear in the Mental Health Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court. We pride ourselves on providing Queensand with an independent and professional prosecution service.

Learn more about the ODPP.

What are we looking for?

We welcome applications from law students who have finished one or two years of a law degree. Applicants must also:

  • understand the criminal justice system
  • have excellent time management skills
  • be skilled communicators with excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • works as part of a team
  • work under pressure with minimal supervision
  • have great administrative and organisational skills.

Job opportunities

Join us if you want:

  • to make a difference
  • contribute to a fair, open and accessible justice system
  • to work for an organisation that values a flexible work/life balance
  • statewide opporunities.

What personal attributes do you need?

"I believe Crown prosecutors should:

  • have self confidence, belief and determination
  • have the ability to think on their feet and under pressure
  • be analytical but compassionate and sensitive as well
  • have excellent communication skills and be able to communicate complex ideas in a simple manner."

A typical day

"A typical day for me when I'm in court includes reviewing submissions from defence and appearing on behalf of the director to prosecute matters. When I'm not in court I spend my time preparing for trials which might involve working with legal officers and liaising with other agencies such as Queensland Police and Corrective Services."

What is the most interesting part of your role?

"The best part of my role and working for the department is working incriminal law, as I find this is one of the most interesting areas of law. I like dealing with real people with real problems and I find my role challenging and unique."

What are some of the benefits of working for the department?

"Working for the department allows me to further my skills and advocacy experience through training and consulting with experienced counsel. I also have a good work/life balance. When I'm not in court I'm able to take flex time to spend time with my family."

Matthew Nathan

Matthew Nathan


Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

State Law Building
50 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
GPO Box 2403
Brisbane QLD 4001

+617 3239 6840 or
1800 673 428 (toll free outside Brisbane)

+617 3220 0035

Last reviewed
1 February 2010
Last updated
7 March 2012

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