Joseph Kapeleris

Principal Lawyer

Joseph joined Crown Law in 2007 after working for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for almost nine years. Joseph provides specialist legal advice to clients, including the Attorney-General, on State and Commonwealth Constitutional law matters.

Joseph’s experience and skills in constitutional law include:

  • appearing as junior counsel in the High Court
  • advising the Attorney-General about notices of constitutional issues served under section 78B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)
  • providing advice and training workshops on principles of statutory interpretation
  • instructing the Solicitor-General in matters involving the interpretation of the Commonwealth Constitution
  • advising in relation to indemnity applications made under the Queensland Government Indemnity Guideline
  • preparing memoranda for the Attorney-General regarding petitions for pardon made to His Excellency the Governor of Queensland, under section 36 of the Constitution of Queensland Act 2001.

Joseph has also served in a client counsel role in the Attorney-General’s Office as a specialist legal advisor.

During Joseph’s time with the ODPP, he appeared as counsel in the:

  • Magistrates Court
  • District Court
  • Supreme Court (civil jurisdiction).
  • Joseph served as a sentencing prosecutor in the District Court and appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court in applications filed under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002.