Amanda Meisenhelter

Assistant Crown Solicitor

Amanda was admitted as a Barrister in April 2004. She joined Crown Law in 2011 after working at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for eight years and now leads our Prosecution and Other Advocacy Chambers. 
Amanda has experience providing advice to clients on the prospects of success of prosecutions and has conducted summary prosecutions on behalf of various government agencies including Department of Housing and Public Works, Queensland Health, Workers’ Compensation Regulator, the Office of Fair Trading and the Office of State Revenue.
In addition to her advocacy experience, Amanda provides statutory interpretation and other general advice to clients including in relation to issues of enforcement, emerging government issues and policy.

Amanda has had carriage of a number of complex cases in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Court jurisdictions and her experience includes:

  • preparing and appearing on fraud trials and pleas for the Worker’s Compensation Regulator
  • conducting prosecutions and appearing on civil applications related to the running of unregistered residential services, on behalf of the Department of Housing and Public Works
  • conducting trials in relation to various summary prosecutions in the Magistrates Court
  • drafting written submissions and conducting legal arguments in the Magistrates and District Courts, including discretionary decisions about the admissibility of evidence and stay applications
  • written and oral Workplace health and safety advice for the Office of Industrial Relations
  • carriage of prosecution files, including making assessments of the sufficiency and admissibility of evidence, drafting advices on evidence, drafting complaints, liaising and negotiating with defence regarding charges and general file carriage
  • appearing at the Mental Health Review Tribunal, and conducting appeals to the Mental Health Court on behalf of the Attorney-General
  • appearing on applications under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 on behalf of the Attorney-General
  • drafting legal advice, including statutory interpretation advices
  • appearing in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)
  • conducting jury trials on indictable offences in the District and Children’s Court as Crown Prosecutor while at the ODPP.