Heather Stokes

HStokesAREAS OF PRACTICE
Appellate Advocacy
Coronial Law
Criminal Law (General)
Criminal Law (Appeals)
Disciplinary Law
General Advocacy and Advocacy Coaching

ADMISSIONS
South Australia (1974)
Northern Territory (1983)
Victoria (1992)

CONTACT DETAILS
Direct Line:  (08) 8237 0524
Facsimile:  (08) 7200 7779
Mobile:  0411 232 702
Email:  hstokes@legoechambers.com.au
Address:  61-63 Carrington Street,
Adelaide SA 5000

Heather has been specialising in criminal law for over 30 years.

Prior to going to the Bar in 1997, Heather ran a busy and successful criminal law firm.  Since going to the Bar, Heather has conducted numerous murder trials, complex criminal jury trials and appeals in the CCA.  She has also acted for many high profile clients, including former APY Lands Chairman Bernard Singer, Dianne Ietto (who in extremis attempted to gas herself and her two young daughters to death in their home), Sorayah Constant (who faced separation from her 18 month old child and yet-to-be-born child on incarceration for serious drug offences), Malcolm Kym Vawser (who was charged with setting fire to bushland adjacent to the Cherry Gardens power station above Clarendon in the Adelaide Hills) and Jenny Hallam (who was raided by police for making medicinal cannabis oil).

Heather has a strong interest in the rights and needs of women in prison and is a patron of Seeds of Affinity (an organisation which provides support to criminalised women whilst in prison and upon release).  She has prosecuted intervention orders pro bono for the Court Domestic Violence Service.  She has spoken out against the Government and the Department of Correctional Services on various issues, including women not being able to take their babies into prison, the lack of rehabilitation for women in prison, and the violence and abuse of women leading to their criminalisation.  She has chaired a seminar at the Hawke Centre at UniSA on the lived experiences of criminalised women due to violence and abuse, as well as given a CPD seminar to the Law Society and published an article in the Law Society Bulletin on these topics.  Heather is often asked to give interviews about such matters to the media and other public forums.  Heather has also over time been involved in cases that have applied the law of duress and separately that marital coercion is still a valid defence in South Australia.

Heather is also a vocal advocate for other minority groups on social justice issues.  She has spoken out on the medicinal use of cannabis, the draconian consequences of young men being placed on the Sexual Offenders Register, and on transgender issues.  Again, she is often asked to give interviews about such matters to the media and other public forums.

In addition to her very busy practice, Heather also teaches advocacy to final year law students and regularly mentors law students and recent graduates.  She also provides presentations on various aspects of criminal law such as lesser known criminal defences and the peculiarities of specific legislation relating to conducting sexual cases. 

In her private life, Heather spends much of her time running around after her youngest toddler daughter and trying to compensate for the loss of sleep.

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