Full Name: David Goddard
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Date of Admission: 6 May 2002
Called to the Bar: 4 Nov 2004
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 20 May 2016



David Goddard has been practising in the areas of family law, criminal law and intervention orders since coming to the Bar in 2004.  

He has appeared in the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court, Victorian Magistrates' Court, Children's Court, County Court. VCAT and Supreme Court.  

David has appeared in numerous defended final and interim hearings in courts exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act.  He has experience in both childrens and property matters.  He is also available to draw and settle affidavits and applications. David has conducted appeals in the family law jurisdiciton.

Over the years David has developed a strong intervention order practice, appearing at all stages of proceedings and related proceedings, including on appeal in the County Court and in contested applications under Section 189 of the Firearms Act.

He has prosecuted and defended criminal charges in contested criminal matters and has conducted a number of jury trials.  He has appeared in bail applications, committal hearings and plea hearings in the Magistrates' Court and appeals, pleas and breaches in the County Court.

David is a nationally accredited mediator and is able to use his broad experience to assist disputing parties come to agreement in a range of areas.

David is available to take direct access briefs in appropriate circumstances in accordance with the Bar Rules.

David has experience in assisting clients who have complex legal needs that may require a multi-jurisdictional response and seeks, wherever possible to appear for and advise clients throughout the process until final resolution.



Nationally Accredited Mediator

Member of Criminal Bar Association

Member of Family Law Bar Association.


Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Mediation


  • Criminal Appeals

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Confiscation of Assets
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Corruption
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Intervention Orders
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Money Laundering
  • Planning
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle
  • Victims of Crime

Family Law

  • Care & Protection
  • Child Disputes
  • Family Provision
  • Guardianship & Administration
  • Parenting Orders
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Property Disputes

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)

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