Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Attorney General; Minister for Electoral Affairs

    Appointment of Director of Public Prosecutions

    6/04/2017 3:10 PM
    • ​Amanda Forrester SC has been appointed WA's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
    • Ms Forrester is WA's first female DPP
    • Ms Forrester has acted in the position from November 2016, filling the vacancy left by Joseph McGrath SC who was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia

    The McGowan Government has appointed Amanda Forrester SC as Western Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions.


    Ms Forrester studied at The University of Western Australia where she completed her law degree in 1994 and was admitted into practice in 1996 after completing her articles of clerkship at Jackson McDonald in 1996.


    Before her appointment as Acting DPP, Ms Forrester held the positions of Consultant State Prosecutor and Senior State Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in WA.  


    Ms Forrester also had several years' experience as Crown Prosecutor at both the Office of Public Prosecutions in Victoria and the ODPP in WA.


    Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:


    "I'm proud to have appointed Ms Forrester as the first female DPP in our State's history.


    "Ms Forrester has 20 years' experience in complex criminal prosecutions in the Supreme and District Courts.


    "She brings to the role outstanding qualifications, extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge in criminal law.


    "Ms Forrester is a highly respected lawyer and I have every confidence in her ability to continue to provide the highest quality prosecution services to the WA community.


    "Her role as DPP is central to the administration of the criminal justice system in our State.


    "I congratulate Ms Forrester on her appointment."


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