Josh Taaffe

Josh is a partner of the firm, based in the Melbourne office and is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist. Josh appears regularly in the Magistrates’, County and Children’s Courts in Victoria. On a daily basis, he provides representation and advice for all indictable and summary charges.

Josh Taaffe has specialised in representing his clients at trial. The bulk of his work now involves defending clients who are pleading not guilty. This can mean defending clients in Magistrates’ Court hearings or running their cases in front of Judge and Jury. In this role of in-house counsel, Josh works as the advocate as part of a team with other lawyers from our firm. This role involves examining and cross-examining witnesses, addressing juries and making legal submissions before Judges. Josh has been studying the skills and techniques of advocacy for many years and putting them to work for his clients. Josh has extensive experience as a defence advocate, and appears regularly as a Barrister in County Court jury trials, pleas of not guilty, and contests as well as bail applications, committal hearings, appeals, and pleas of guilty. As an advocate, Josh has specialised in indictable crime, including violence (assaults, armed robberies, aggravated burglaries), drugs matters, and sexual offences especially rape charges. As a solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh acted as Abdul Nacer Benbrika’s criminal lawyer in Melbourne during Victoria’s first Commonwealth prosecution of terrorism offences. The trial was one of the longest and most complex to ever come before the Courts.

Read more about judgements in the R v Benbrika trial.
Josh acted for Hugo Rich, formerly known as Olaf Dietrich in a trial in the Supreme Court that lasted nearly five months. Rich was charged with the murder of a security guard in the course of a 2005 armed robbery. The armed robbery was planned to intercept the delivery of money by an armoured van to a bank in the Blackburn North shopping centre.
Read more about judgements in the R v Rich trial.
It goes without saying that not every accusation is truthfully made. The burden of proof lies with the prosecutors who must prove their case beyond reasonable doubt. Josh has been involved in the following matters where charges have been withdrawn or the accused was found not guilty: As a criminal lawyer in Melbourne, Josh is interested in the challenges of advocacy. But he is motivated more by the desire to protect the rights of his clients, represent their interests as strongly as possible, and achieve just outcomes. These values have their foundation in his experience as an activist in the Middle-East and then in Australia in relation to refugee rights. It was during these periods that his commitment to criminal defence work was formed. Prior to commencing employment with Doogue + George, Josh worked at the Fitzroy Legal Service. His work there focused on legal policy and law reform in the areas of Police Accountability and Spent Convictions.
You can find Josh on Google+ here.

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