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Aaron Kernaghan has practiced criminal law for 22 years working as prosecutor for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as a noted defence lawyer.

Criminal Law

Aaron Kernaghan assists in matters ranging from minor traffic charges to the most serious state and commonwealth offences, including:

  • Assault

  • Traffic offences

  • Driving offences

  • Break and enter, robbery and stealing (larceny)

  • Drug offences

  • Fraud, including tax fraud

  • Malicious damage

  • Murder and manslaughter

  • Public disorder offences

  • Sex offences

  • Weapons offences

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Coronial Law and Commissions of Inquiry

Aaron has appeared in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria and acted in a number of high-profile matters including:

 

  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

  • Special Inquest of Inquiry

 

Aaron provides expert advice and representation in the following jurisdictions:

 

  • Coroner’s Court

  • Independent Commission Against Corruption

  • NSW Crime Commission

  • Law Enforcement Conduct Commission

  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

  • Royal Commissions of inquiry

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NSW Police Officers

Aaron Kernaghan provides legal representation for members of the Police Association of New South Wales and serving Police prosecuted in both private funded and Association-funded proceedings. His knowledge of prosecution practice and procedure is unparallelled providing both insight and detailed working knowledge of the system as it applies to Police caught up in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

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Criminal Appeal Cases

Aaron Kernaghan has a comprehensive criminal appeal process including both appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal (the highest criminal appeal court in NSW and part of the Supreme Court) and the High Court of Australia. Aaron specialises in privately funded appeal works requiring management of complex matters and comprehensive preparation.

 

Defendants can appeal from a finding of guilty in the District Court to the Court of Criminal Appeal or they can appeal a sentence on the a number of grounds specified at law. Decisions in the Court of Criminal Appeal are able to be appealed to the High Court of Australia (with leave of the Court).

 
 
 
 

Let's Work Together

We are centrally located directly across the road from the Downing Centre Court complex (the NSW Local Court and the NSW District Court). Five minutes from the Supreme  Court of NSW at Queen's Square and an even shorter walk to the John Maddison Tower.

The nearest train station is Museum from where you can connect to the Sydney Light Rail network including the Dulwich Hill line. There is secure parking in the Goulburn Street carpark, located opposite the John Maddison Tower. Buses drop off and pick up outside the 1/299 Elizabeth Street, travelling throughout the Sydney network, including to the inner west, eastern and southern suburbs.