Kristen Moore, Senior Associate

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Kristen holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Sociology) from Victoria University. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. Kristen is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Following admission to practice, Kristen worked exclusively in the areas of civil and succession law, mainly focusing on litigated matters, and matters relating to insolvency and estate disputes. Kristen has a passion for advocacy and has appeared in both State and Federal courts.

Kristen is now the Go To Court Lawyers’ State Civil Senior and the Succession Senior for Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Kristen has also developed a strong Criminal Law practice and has developed a wide skill base in advocacy and obtains great outcomes for her clients.

In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, Ninja.

Accreditations & Memberships

  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria

Success Stories and Publications

Diversion for Assault And Other Charges

Our solicitor Kristen Moore represented a 30-year-old male at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court in relation to a charge of Unlawful Assault pursuant to section 23 of the Summary Offences Act 1966; Being drunk in a public place pursuant to section 13 of the Summary Offences Act 1966, Failing to leave licenced premises when requested to do so pursuant to section 114(2) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998; and Use of indecent language in a public place pursuant to section 17(1)(c) of the Summary Offences Act 1966.

The client had priors for similar offending.

The client was recommended for Diversion, however, upon consideration, the Magistrate initially declined making an order for Diversion, indicating that they considered the offending to be too serious and that the existence of prior convictions precluded the client from Diversion.

Ms Moore then sought that the Magistrate hear submissions as to the client’s circumstances and the appropriateness of Diversion. The submissions made by Ms Moore related to client’s circumstances and the impact that a further conviction would have on the client. Ms Moore also referred to provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act to demonstrate to the court that the existence of prior convictions did not preclude the client from Diversion.

After hearing those submissions, the Magistrate determined that their position in relation to the suitability of Diversion had changed and placed the client on a 12-month Diversion Plan.

This result was achieved by preparing the case carefully with consideration of the client’s circumstances and the detriment a criminal record would have had on the client.

This case illustrates the importance of an advocate like Kristen Moore to provide strong representation in court.

Burglary Charge Withdrawn

Our solicitor Kristen Moore represented a 40-year-old male at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court in relation to charges of burglary and theft pursuant to Sections 76 and 74 of the Crimes Act 1985. The client had prior convictions for Theft.

Ms Moore sought instructions to seek the withdrawal of the charge of burglary on the basis that some elements of the charge could not be satisfied. Ms Moore engaged in a conference with prosecution and the prosecution agreed to withdraw the charge of Burglary.

Ms Moore then entered a plea of guilty on behalf of our client to the remaining charge of theft. After hearing submissions from Ms Moore, the Magistrate ordered that the client be released on an adjourned undertaking (also known as a Good Behaviour Bond).

This result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly, with careful attention to detail in regard to the elements of the charges and to Ms Moore paying particular attention to her client’s circumstances and the background of the offending.

Family Violence Charges Withdrawn

Our solicitor Kristen Moore represented a 28-year-old male in the Magistrates Court of Victoria in relation to a number of family violence charges, including two charges of persistent breach of a family violence intervention order, unlawful assault and recklessly cause injury. The allegations arose from an alleged incident inside the family home that our client disputed.

Victoria Police were not agreeable to withdrawing the charges against our client and the matter was listed for a contested hearing.

Ms Moore made submissions to Victoria Police and prior to the date scheduled for the contested hearing again sought that the Prosecution withdraw the charges. The submissions sought to convey that the police did not have sufficient evidence to support the charges against our client. One week prior to the contested hearing, Prosecution contacted our office and advised that they would be withdrawing the charges against our client. Ms Moore than attended at the Magistrates Court with our client and the charges against our client were formally withdrawn.

That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly, making strong representations to prosecution and Ms Moore ensuring that she was familiar with the evidence that the police claimed supported their case.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Kristen Moore who cares for her clients' circumstances, takes the time to familiarise herself with the evidence in her cases, develops a strong case theory and works hard to ensure the case is prepared and presented in a way that ensures the court gives full effect to every factor in a client’s favour.

Affray Charge Withdrawn

Our solicitor Kristen Moore represented a 55-year-old male relation to a charge of Affray at the Magistrates Court of Victoria in relation to a charge of Affray resulting from a fight involving multiple co-accused at a licenced premises.

Prior to the matter being heard, Ms Moore made representations to the prosecution seeking that that withdraw the charges against our client. The Prosecution indicated that they were not agreeable to withdrawing the charge on the basis that they considered that CCTV footage of the incident supported their case.

Ms Moore then attended court and engaged in further conferences with the Prosecution, asking them to review the CCTV footage in her presence and enable Ms Moore to illustrate the Defence position that the charges did not have merit. The Prosecution ultimately agreed to withdraw the charge against our client.

That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly, making representations to prosecution and Ms Moore ensuring that she was familiar with the evidence and the Defence case theory, which enable Ms Moore to illustrate the weaknesses in the case to the Prosecution.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Kristen Moore who cares for her clients' circumstances, takes the time to familiarise herself with the evidence, develops a strong case theory and will work hard to ensure the case is prepared and presented in a way that ensures the court gives full effect to every factor in a client’s favour.

Fine Without Conviction For Multiple Indictable Offences

Our solicitor Kristen Moore represented a 35-year-old male at the Magistrates Court of Victoria in relation to seven charges including recklessly causing injury, making threats to kill, criminal damage, false imprisonment, unlawful assault and having possession of drugs and a controlled weapon without lawful excuse.

Prior to the matter being heard, Ms Moore made representations to the prosecution that resulted in the withdrawal of the charges of recklessly causing injury, making threats to kill, criminal damage and false imprisonment.

Ms Moore then attended court and entered a plea on behalf of our client to the remaining charges. Her representation resulted in the court imposing a financial penalty without conviction despite our client having priors for similar offending. That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly and making representations to prosecution which resulted in the most serious charges being withdrawn. In preparing for the plea, Ms Moore paid careful attention to our client’s personal circumstances and collected a large amount of evidence in support of her submission that the client had made significant changes to his life, which would act as protective factors against re-offending.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Kristen Moore who cares for her clients' circumstances and will work hard to ensure their case is prepared and presented in a way that ensures the court gives full effect to every factor in a client’s favour.

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