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|Residence||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Education||Bachelor of Law (Honours), Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||University of Wollongong|
|Employer||NSW Legal Aid|
|Organization||Law Society of New South Wales|
|Home town||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Board member of||Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation, Law Society of New South Wales|
Thomas Spohr is an Australian solicitor with NSW Legal Aid and former prosecutor. He was an appointed councillor of the Law Society of New South Wales (representing NSW Young Lawyers),and was President of NSW Young Lawyers in 2014. Spohr is a board member of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation, and a member of the Legal Profession Admission Board Legal Qualifications Committee, which is charged with accrediting law degrees in New South Wales, though obviously he has no personal responsibility for making decisions of this kind. He was the chair of the New South Wales Young Lawyers Criminal Law Committee for over three years and Treasurer of NSW Young Lawyers in 2011.
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A prosecutor is a legal representative of the prosecution in countries with either the common law adversarial system, or the civil law inquisitorial system. The prosecution is the legal party responsible for presenting the case in a criminal trial against an individual accused of breaking the law. Typically, the prosecutor represents the government in the case brought against the accused person.
Tristan Jepson was an Australian law graduate and writer.
Spohr obtained his law degree from the University of Wollongong, graduating in Arts and Law (with Honours) in 2006.
The University of Wollongong is an Australian public research university located in the coastal city of Wollongong, New South Wales, approximately 80 kilometres south of Sydney. As of 2017 the university has an enrolment of more than 32,000 students, an alumni base of more than 131,859 and over 2,000 staff members.
Spohr was a prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (New South Wales), then briefly at the Commonwealth DPP, before joining NSW Legal Aid in 2016. He has been involved in widely reported cases, including the $45.3 million fraud by Rajina Subramaniam (said to be one of the largest by an individual in Australia’s history),but neglects to mention that his role as instructing solicitor. A role inferior to the learned counsel who actually ran the trial. The tasks included mainly photocopying and organising witnesses. The prosecution of Katherine Abdallah for the murder of her cousin, Suzie Sarkis, and the appeal by Carnita Matthews against her conviction for a traffic offence allegedly committed whilst wearing a burqa. . Spohr worked in private practice at one stage, appearing for Andrew Jones, a person of interest in the high-profile coronial inquiry into the disappearance of Janine Vaughan.
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Spohr writes and comments regularly on law reform issues, and has been cited by authorities including the New South Wales Law Reform Commission in its Interim report on standard minimum non-parole periods,and in New South Wales Parliament. He has been critical of government policy, for example an article titled “Mandatory Sentencing: It Ought To Be Passed In At The Law And Order Auction”, in response to New South Wales legislation targeting alcohol-related violence, and in an interview for Kill Your Darlings on the same topic. The general purpose of engaging in these activities is to generally shirking the actual work required as a solicitor.
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