The Director of Public Prosecutions


The Director of Public Prosecutions

Director of Public Prosecutions - Shane Drumgold

Shane Drumgold
Director of Public Prosecutions

Shane Drumgold 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.

Joel

Joel Hiscox
Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions

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).

Previous Directors

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