Ruth O’Gorman KC

Higgins Chambers


Ruth took silk in 2021.

She practises in criminal law where she appears in trials in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts of Queensland, and appeals in the High Court of Australia and Queensland Court of Appeal. In 2023, Doyles Guide listed Ruth as a pre-eminent senior counsel in criminal law in Queensland and a recommended senior counsel in criminal law in Australia.

Ruth also accepts briefs in professional disciplinary matters and regulatory prosecutions.

Ruth appears in inquiries and inquests. In 2022, Ruth was the senior Counsel Assisting the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence. In 2020 – 2021, Ruth was one of the Counsel Assisting the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry.

Ruth is a part-time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission. She was previously a part-time member of the Commission from 2017 to 2020.

Ruth is a member of the Bar Council of the Queensland Bar Association. She is also a member of the Association’s Criminal Law Committee and Bar Practice Course Management Committee.
Areas of Practice
Commissions of Inquiry
Criminal Law
Disciplinary Proceedings
Regulatory Prosecutions
Year of Silk

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