Emily Cooper

Principal Lawyer

Emily specialises in advocacy, coronial inquests and criminal law.

She joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2006 where she gained knowledge of the criminal justice system over a four year period. During this time, Emily was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Emily first joined Crown Law’s advocacy practice in August 2010, providing specialist advice on advocacy and prosecutions matters before taking a role at the Coroners Court of Queensland in January 2012. Emily held various positions at the Coroners Court over the next six years including Principal Counsel Assisting to the State Coroner, Clerk of the Coroners Court and Deputy Registrar and appeared on inquests relevant to a broad range of categories of death. During her time at the Coroners Court, Emily undertook a short-term role as a Senior Lawyer with the Australia Government Solicitor in Canberra where she assisted with large scale civil applications and applications for privilege for the Department of Defence and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Emily rejoined Crown Law in July 2018 where she regularly conducts coronial matters, statutory prosecutions and other court matters, appears at the Mental Health Review Tribunal and conducts applications by the Attorney-General pursuant to the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.

Advocacy and prosecutions

Emily has experience in the handling of high-profile advocacy and prosecutions matters on behalf of State government entities, including:

  • preparing and conducting summary prosecutions for breaches of the Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002 and the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003
  • preparing and conducting summary prosecutions for breaches of the Coal Mining Safety & Health Act 1999, the Petroleum & Gas (Production & Safety) Act 2004 and the Explosives Act 1999 largely involving death or serious injuries to mines or other persons
  • preparing and conducting committal proceedings in the Magistrates Court for breaches of the Transport Operations (Marina Safety) Act 1994 where one particular matter involved a high-profile marine crash which resulted in multiple fatalities and serious injury
  • preparing and filing civil proceedings in the District Court for enforcement orders on behalf of Maritime Safety Queensland with regard to the removal of a derelict vessel from Queensland coastal waters
  • preparation and conducting summary prosecutions for breaches of the Vocational Education, Training and Employment Act 2000 involving incorrect training that was provided to trainee apprentices
  • preparation and conducting summary prosecutions for breaches of the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1999 ad the Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002
  • appearing in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for the Department of Transport and Main Roads with regard to driver licensing appeals and other transport issues
  • conducting applications by the Attorney-General pursuant to the Dangers Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003
  • appearing on Forensic Order reviews in the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
Coronial inquiries

Emily has appeared as Counsel Assisting on inquests in accordance with the Coroners Act 2003 relevant to a broad range of categories of death including:

  • deaths in custody including police custody and immigration custody
  • suspicious deaths involving infants, children and adults
  • SIDS in a family day care centres
  • suicide and deaths as a result of misadventure
  • workplace deaths
  • elderly neglect
  • house fires
  • domestic and family violence
  • motor vehicle collisions.

She has also provided advice regarding the merits of applications made to re-open inquests or to set aside findings.

Notable inquests Emily has appeared on include:

  • The inquest held over 2015-2016 into the deaths of five persons who were fatally shot by police in the course of their duties which resulted in a hearing spanning six weeks where 60 witnesses were examined
  • The inquest into the death of Hamid Khazaei who was held at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre before dying at the Mater hospital.
Criminal law

Emily gained knowledge of the criminal justice system while working with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Her experience conducting criminal cases includes:

  • coordinating and appearing on mentions and directions hearings
  • preparing for and appearing at committal hearings and contested hearings
  • preparing for and assisting with the conduct of jury trials
  • holding conferences with key witnesses.

Emily has appeared in various courts and tribunals including the Magistrates Court, Industrial Magistrates Court, Children’s Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Coroner’s Court of Queensland.