Jane Paingakulam


Year of Admission to the NSW bar:



areas of practice

  • Appellate

  • Criminal Law

  • Work Health and Safety

  • Administrative Law


Jane Paingakulam was called to the Bar in October 2009. Since then she has practised predominantly in Criminal Law, including, since 2014, Work Health and Safety prosecutions.

Jane appears for both for the Crown/prosecution and the defence. She has appeared in the Local Court, the District Court, the Supreme Court (including the Court of Criminal Appeal) and as junior counsel in the High Court on a Special Leave application. She has also appeared in the Court of Criminal Appeal in South Australia. Since 2015, Jane’s practice has been substantially in the field of criminal appellate work, for both the offender and the Crown. 

Jane was admitted as a solicitor in 1996. Prior to commencing at the bar, Jane worked in the Australian Public Service for almost 14 years across 5 agencies. Jane primarily held roles with an investigative or regulatory function, including over 5 years in the Enforcement Directorate of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Immediately prior to commencing practice as a barrister in 2009, Jane was the NSW Regional Director of the Australian Public Service Commission. Since commencing practice at the bar, Jane has provided advice to government agencies, both State and Commonwealth on various public sector issues.

Selected cases

Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) v Beattie [2017] NSWCCA 301 (8 December 2017)

Principles relevant to sentencing for an offence of sexual abuse of a child outside Australia; aggregate sentencing for federal offenders in New South Wales

Lyons v R [2017] NSWCCA 204 (28 August 2017)

Sentencing for Child Pornography offences

DSJ v R; NS v R [2014] NSWCCA 77 (13 May 2014) 

Interlocutory order not to order separate trials - question of admissibility of evidence central to decision of primary judge; Admissibility of coincidence evidence

Jonson v R [2016] NSWCCA 286 (9 December 2016)

Whether offending in the home of the victim is aggravated if the offender is also lawfully present


Legal Aid General Criminal Law Panel (November 2012)

Legal Aid Specialist Barrister Panel (Criminal Appellate Matters) (June 2015)

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Panel (February 2017)

Any other appointments/committees/things of interest

New Barrister’s Committee of the NSW Bar Association (2012 - 2015)

Education Committeeof the NSW Bar Association (2015 - 2017)

Board Member New College, University of New South Wales (July 2014 - present)