Georgina Coghlan QC Barrister

Georgina Coghlan QC


Stawell Chambers

Room 305

493-495 Little Bourke Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Georgina predominantly practices in criminal law, across a wide range of matters. She is frequently briefed to advise and appear in sensitive cases.

Most recently, Georgina has acted as Counsel Assisting in the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

Georgina is also engaged by government agencies to advise and appear. She recently appeared in the first prosecution for breaches of the Fundraising Act 1998. She has considerable experience in proceedings under the Serious Offenders Act 2018.

Georgina has extensive trial experience in State and Commonwealth indictable matters, having appeared in cases in the Supreme and County Courts involving murder, manslaughter, infanticide, culpable driving, workplace fatalities, money laundering, drug trafficking, importation and sexual offences. Georgina has appeared in numerous matters involving the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.

In the appellate jurisdiction, Georgina appears for both Applicants and Respondents and is regularly briefed to prepare Written Cases and Responses.

Recent cases

Zhou v DPP (Cth) [2021] VSCA 118

Djemal v The Queen [2020] VSCA 25

Dang v The Queen [2020] VSCA 24

Fichtner v The Queen [2019] VSCA 297

Peters v The Queen [No 2] [2019] VSCA 292

DPP v Wol [2019] VSCA 268

DPP v Smith [2019] VSCA 266

DPP v Kramp [2019] VSCA 174

Wood v The Queen [2019] VSCA 38

Benkic v The Queen [2019] VSCA 34

Volkan v The Queen [2019] VSCA 33

DPP v Gargasoulas [2019] VSC 87

Memberships and committees

Georgina is a Tribunal member of the AFL’s Anti-Doping Tribunal.

Georgina is the Victorian Bar's representative on the County Court Criminal Procedure Rules Committee.

Georgina holds an Indictable Crime Certificate and has been selected as a member of the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List.

Other experience

In 2018, Georgina was engaged by the Judicial College of Victoria to draft updates for the Victorian Sentencing Manual.

Georgina’s previous experience includes lecturing in Legal Ethics at the Law Faculty of the Australian Catholic University during 2015. 

Before coming to the Bar, Georgina worked as a solicitor at Women's Legal Service Victoria and prior to that she worked as a solicitor in commercial litigation at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

To get in touch with Georgina Coghlan QC | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or

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