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Benjamin Dighton



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Areas of Practice



Child Protection


Inquests / Commissions of Inquiry / Statutory Tribunals


Legal Education & Admissions

Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland

Master of Laws, University of Queensland

Admitted as a Legal Practitioner, Supreme Court of Queensland

Admitted as a Barrister, Supreme Court of Queensland 


Practice History

Lawyer, Piper Alderman

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 

2010 - Present: Barrister-at-law

2010 - 2015: Law Tutor, University of Queensland 

2016 - 2017: Appointed Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory

Contributing author to Indictable Offences in Queensland (Thomson Reuters) 


Notable Cases

R v Beetham [2014] QCA 131

R v SCG [2014] QCA 118

Wright and Anor v The Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining for the State of Queensland and Ors [2014] HCATrans 18

SBX v The Queen [2013] HCATrans 238

AB v Commissioner For Children and Young People and Child Guardian [2012] QCAT 472

R v Smith [2014] QCA 277

Smith v The Queen [2015] HCATrans 84

R v Reynolds [2015] QCA 111

WGS v Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services [2015] QCAT 417

R v Crouch; R v Carlisle [2016] QCA 081

Glover v Director, Child Protection Litigation & Ors [2016] QChC 16

R v TAE [2016] QCA 133

R v Pickering [2016] QCA 231

R v Pham, Tran & Dang; Ex parte Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) [2017] QCA 46


Professional Memberships

Bar Association of Queensland

Queensland Law Society Children’s Law Committee

Law and Justice Institute Queensland 

Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland



Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation