Patrina Clohessy

Assistant Crown Solicitor

Patrina was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 15 June, 1999 and gained considerable advocacy experience as a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) before starting with Crown Law as head of Advocacy Galligan Chambers in October 2015.

As a Crown Prosecutor, Patrina was responsible for decisions about the conduct of criminal matters including decisions to indict, vary or discontinue criminal charges and over many years she regularly appeared as counsel in a variety of criminal proceedings.

In her current role as an Assistant Crown Solicitor, Patrina leads an experienced legal team comprising of barristers and solicitors who provide advice and advocacy services on behalf of the State of Queensland in the public law area. Key work performed includes:

  • managing and conducting the Attorney-General's representation at Mental Health Review Tribunal Proceedings and consequent appeals to the Mental Health Court, including appearing as counsel on behalf of the Attorney-General
  • appearing as counsel on behalf of the Attorney-General in applications in the Supreme Court under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003
  • appearing, conducting and providing specialist advice and advocacy services on a variety of statutory prosecutions on behalf of State Government entities
  • providing general advice and advocacy services to government and representation for coronial and other inquests.
  • Counsel Assisting the Queensland Rail Train Crewing Practices Commission of Inquiry.
  • Appearing as counsel on numerous occasions in the Mental Health Court and the Mental Health Review Tribunal on behalf of the ODPP and the Attorney-General.
  • Appearing as counsel on behalf of the ODPP in numerous District Court jury trials for a variety of offences including sexual, violent, dishonesty, property and driving offences.
  • Appearing as counsel on behalf of the ODPP in numerous hearings in the Magistrates, Childrens’, District and Supreme Courts including hearings involving the pre-recording of the evidence of children and other vulnerable witnesses including intellectually impaired witnesses, bail and directions hearings and numerous legal arguments involving a variety of issues including arguments about sufficiency of evidence, particulars, stay applications and applications to exclude evidence. Appearing as counsel in numerous s222 Justice Act appeals in the District Court and Sentence reviews in the Children's Court of Queensland.
  • Appearing as counsel in hundreds of criminal sentence proceedings in the Superior Courts for a variety of offences including drug, serious sexual and violent offending, property and dishonesty offending and dangerous driving causing death sentences.