Full Name: Mr David Cronin
Mobile: 412712258
Chambers: Brian Bourke Chambers
Room: 514
Date of Admission: 31 Jan 2006
Called to the Bar: 9 Nov 2006
Qualifications: B.Comm, LLB
Previous Occupation: Solicitor


David's practice is predominately serious indictable crime including sex, drugs and violence.  David appears in committal hearings, bail applications, plea hearings and as trial counsel in the County Court and Supreme Court.  He is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate.

David has appeared in the following matters of note that have been reported:

The Queen v Meade [2013] VSC 682 (11 December 2013): Appeared as junior counsel to Peter Morrissey S.C in a homicide trial that lasted 5 weeks.  Issues in the trial included relationship evidence, opinion evidence regarding shoe-print recognition and mobile phone cell tower interpretation.

DPP v Townsend [2015] VSC 456 (3 September 2015): charged with murder, David appeared at committal hearing and the case subsequently resolved to a single count of manslaughter.  Appeared on plea hearing.  Sentence of 7 years with 5 years npp. 

Young & Ors v The Queen [2015] VSCA 265 (22 September 2015): appeared as trial counsel in the County Court- charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, possess prohibited weapon, and subsequently as Counsel on Appeal. 

DPP v Wise (a pseudonym) [2016] VSCA 173 (21 July 2016): Appeared as trial Counsel at the Basha hearing where the DNA witness was cross-examined.  This led to the exclusion of the evidence at Trial.  The DPP sought a review to certify and an interlocutory appeal, both of which were refused.

The Queen v Semaan & Ors [2016] VSC 667 (4 November 2016): appeared as trial counsel in the Supreme Court on behalf of the co-accused charged with 2 x attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to a murder charge.  The charges were interfering with the sole Crown witness and alerting police to an altered/false crime scene.  Appeared on plea hearing on behalf of the accused.  Sentence of 3 years with 2 years npp.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Proceeds of Crime

Family Law

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