Helping people access justice services and supporting them in court is what inspired Kristie Doyle to become a lawyer. Working at Legal Aid Queensland in Mackay is a varied role and ranges from representing adults and young people in court, mentoring junior staff, meeting local magistrates and managing the daily operations of the office.
Kristie is the Principal Lawyer in Legal Aid Queensland’s Mackay office where she manages a team of lawyers and support staff who give legal help to people in the Mackay region.
Kristie’s journey to this role began with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts at university. She then worked in Brisbane law firms for about 7 years working on criminal law, domestic and family violence and child protection matters for clients.
Since joining Legal Aid Queensland, Kristie continues to focus on criminal law, providing legal advice and representing adults and young people in court who have been charged with offences ranging from stealing and traffic offences through to drug trafficking and murder.
Working as a lawyer in regional Queensland can also mean exposure to an extraordinary breadth of work. Kristie is the rostered duty lawyer at the Mackay Magistrates Court and Childrens Court at least once a week, where she gives free legal advice to people who have been charged with offences. Kristie helps them understand their legal rights and options before they appear in court that day.
She also manages the day-to-day operations of the office, mentors junior lawyers and regularly meets with local magistrates, community legal centres, private law firms that do legal aid work and support services to plan and manage services for people living in the Mackay region.
People living in rural and remote Queensland also need access to legal services which is why Kristie often gives legal advice over the phone or via video link to people living in remote areas.
Every 3 months Kristie also travels to Dysart, Clermont, Moranbah and the Whitsundays to meet with local community services to keep informed about the communities’ legal needs to ensure legal help is available when people need it.
If you need legal help, call Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 65 11 88 (local call cost from a landline in Australia). You can also find legal information on common legal issues on the Legal Aid Queensland website.