The Director of Public Prosecutions


The Director of Public Prosecutions

Director of Public Prosecutions - Shane Drumgold

Shane Drumgold SC
Director of Public Prosecutions

Shane Drumgold SC took office as the ACT’s 5th Director of Public Prosecutions on 1 January 2019. Mr Drumgold has been a prosecutor at the ACT DPP since 2002. He was appointed the office's first Senior Trial Advocate in 2009, Assistant Director in 2014, then Deputy Director in 2017, during which time he prosecuted many of the ACT’s most high profile homicides.

Mr Drumgold has a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Masters in International Law (ANU). In 2003, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study restorative justice in indigenous communities in the US, Canada and New Zealand, and has worked as a Public Defender in the Solomon Islands.

Previous Directors

Jon White SC 2008-2018
Richard Refshauge SC 1998-2008
Terry Buddin SC 1995-1997
Ken Crispin QC 1991-1994

Anthony

Anthony Williamson
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
Head of Crown Chambers

Anthony Williamson was appointed as the Deputy Director in August 2019.  He has been a prosecutor with the Office since 2009.  Before that he was a legal officer in the criminal law and human rights units in the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate.

Mr Williamson has held a number of positions in the Office, including being the Supervising Lawyer of the Family Violence Unit, the Supervising lawyer of the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Unit and the Practice Manager.  Mr Williamson was seconded to the ACT Legal Aid Commission in 2015 where he was the acting Deputy Chief Executive.

Mr Williamson has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts.  He is a native Canberran and has spent more than 20 years as a volunteer fire-fighter in the ACT Rural Fire Service.

Joel

Joel Hiscox
Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions
Head of Criminal Practice

Joel Hiscox became Assistant Director in May 2019. Mr Hiscox has been a prosecutor at the ACT DPP since 2007. During his time, Mr Hiscox has held a number of key non-executive prosecutorial positions within the office including Family Violence Supervising Lawyer; Allocations Manager; Magistrates Court Practice Manager; Supreme Court Practice Manager and Senior Advocate. Prior to 2007, Mr Hiscox worked in a private suburban law firm in the southern suburbs of Sydney, with a focus on litigation.

Mr Hiscox has a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction), Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and a Masters of Laws (Criminal Prosecutions) (Distinction) (UOW).