Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Attorney General; Minister for Electoral Affairs

    Amanda Forrester SC reappointed Director of Public Prosecutions

    2/04/2022 6:00 AM
    • Amanda Forrester SC reappointed WA's Director of Public Prosecutions
    • Ms Forrester appointed WA's first female DPP on April 6, 2017

    Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the reappointment of Amanda Forrester SC as Western Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions.


    Ms Forrester has successfully steered the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) through a period of expansion and change.


    Under her stewardship the agency relocated to improved premises on St Georges Terrace, bringing all the ODPP's operations under one roof and digitising its systems.


    Ms Forrester has acquitted a significantly expanded ODPP Budget, which has been boosted 26 per cent under the McGowan Government.


    She also kept the State's prosecution service operating successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns and public health and social measures.


    In addition to administering the agency, Ms Forrester maintained her connection to the courtroom by appearing for the State in significant matters including the prosecution of Francis John Wark and the appeal against conviction lodged by Scott Austic.


    Ms Forrester has been appointed to a further five-year term commencing April 6, 2022.


    Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:


    "Ms Forrester had demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, integrity and competence since her appointment to the role of Director in 2017.


    "The work of the ODPP is of critical importance to public confidence in the integrity of the justice system in WA.


    "Ms Forrester has shown immense dedication to the agency and leads a team of hardworking and capable staff at the ODPP who consistently strive to deliver the highest quality legal services to our community.


    "Through the course of her distinguished 26-year legal career she has earned a reputation for being fair and meticulous.


    "Her extensive experience in high profile, lengthy and complex criminal trials make Ms Forrester ideally suited to continue to manage and grow the State's prosecution services for the next five years."


    Minister's office - 6552 6800