Alwyn O'Connor LLB.
Alwyn is a Barrister & Solicitor specialising in all areas of criminal law (including forfeiture of criminal proceeds and traffic matters) and
declaratory civil litigation. Cases I have worked on have include allegations of sexual offending such as rape, arson, aggravated robbery,
drug offending (including Class A for supply), violent crime and driving cases where death or injury resulted. In addition I have been involved
in appellate cases at various levels and I am regularly retained in the capacity of a legal researcher to all corners of the profession.
I hold the notions of fairness, equality, pellucidity and justice in very high regard and of equal measure. Each concept is contingent upon
one another in the work that I do as your lawyer.
Outside of the office I am a keen skipper and a father to my four children.
What inspired me to become a lawyer?
Despite attending law school later in life, from a young age I was regularly being told off for talking too much and answering back. The notion
of getting paid for continuing what I loved to do meant that I never had to go to work.
The role of a lawyer is extremely important in society – in particular, the way in which a lawyer stands between the almighty state and the
individual. A lawyer in that position goes a long way in remedying the power imbalance.
Finally I wanted to practise law as a means of helping the people in our community – the ability to assist a fellow person in a time of need
is extremely rewarding.
Recent cases of involvement
- O’Connor v Hutt City Council: In 2013 Alwyn took the Hutt City Council to task over a $12 parking infringement notice in a dispute that went all the way to the High Court. Not only did Mr O’Connor win, but also he rendered some $1.2m worth of paid parking fines uncertain. This matter is still progressing through the High Court in Declaratory Judgment proceedings.
- The Queen v M: Mr M was accused of kidnapping, assault with a weapon and the presentation of a firearm – he was acquitted of all charges.
- The Queen v M: Mr M was accused of three counts of unlawful sexual connection with a young person (15 years). The judge at the conclusion of the Crown case discharged the accused with respect of two charges. The jury acquitted Mr M of the remaining count.
- H v The Queen: Mr H successfully appealed his conviction after the Court of Appeal held that evidence relating to his sexual orientation was inadmissible at trial.
- The Queen v H: Mr H was accused of one charge of sexual violation by rape. He was acquitted.