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.
- Indecent Act – Not guilty at trial
- Rape, Indecent Assaults – Not guilty at trial
- Posessing Child Pornography – Charges dismissed
- Fraud / Dishonest / Theft – Nolle Prosequi (notice of discontinuance)