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Law Society NT congratulates David Woodroffe on his appointment as NAAJA Principal Legal Officer

Law Society Northern Territory (Society) congratulates David Woodroffe on his appointment as the Principal Legal Officer (“PLO”) of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

Mr Woodroffe has been a member of the Society’s Council since 2014. During that time, he has been the chairman of the Society’s Reconciliation Action Plan Implementation Committee and the Society’s representative on the Law Council of Australia’s Criminal Law Committee. He was awarded the prestigious Indigenous Legal professional of the year award in 2013.

Society president Mr Tass Liveris said, “Mr Woodroffe has had a distinguished career in the criminal law. He is an established and respected advocate and defence lawyer and routinely represents clients in the Supreme Court and the Local Court. Mr Woodroffe is also an established manager of staff, having been the managing criminal solicitor for NAAJA since 2010 and he brings to the role the important balance of being both a good lawyer and a good manager.”

Mr Liveris said, “Mr Woodroffe’s appointment is also extremely important because he is a local Indigenous lawyer, who has built his career on representing Indigenous peoples in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. He is a graduate of the Northern Territory University school of law and started his career as an articled clerk at the North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. During his career, Mr Woodroffe has been a tireless advocate for his people. His diverse professional background and his deep commitment to social justice and alleviating Indigenous disadvantage in the justice system equips him well to fulfil the wide and important functions of the PLO. ”

Mr Woodroffe takes on the role vacated by Jonathon Hunyor, who was the PLO since 2010. Mr Liveris said, “The Society congratulates Mr Woodroffe on his appointment and wishes him every success in leading NAAJA. I am sure that Mr Woodroffe will be able to pick up where Mr Hunyor left off and lead one of the largest legal practices in the Northern Territory with success and distinction. I congratulate Mr Woodroffe on his appointment and wish him the very best in his new role. I also thank Mr Hunyor for his contribution to NAAJA and the Northern Territory and wish him the very best in his next role at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in New South Wales”.

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