Chad Jacobi is a barrister practising principally in public law (including consitutional, employment, planning[1] and professional discipline) and criminal law (particularly regulatory crime). He has particular interest and experience in appellate work and in inquiries.

He practises in Adelaide as a member of Edmund Barton Chambers and in Darwin, as a Visiting Counsel of William Forster Chambers.

Inquiries and public law work

He was in 2016-17, junior counsel to the Solicitor-General for the Northern Territory acting for the Northern Territory Government and its employees in the Royal Commission into Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. 

In 2015-16, he was the Counsel Assisting the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.  He was in 2005, the Solicitor Assisting the Kapunda Road Royal Commission.

He has been separately briefed in 2018 in inquiries conducted by Victorian and South Australian independent statutory officers. He is regularly briefed to advise, and act, for government.

He has extensively prosecuted and defended regulatory prosecutions, and has particular experience in WH&S and other similar general duty schemes.

Appellate and constitutional work

Prior to joining the independent bar, he was employed in the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office. In its Crown Counsel Section from 2010-2015 he undertook counsel work primarily in constitutional, administrative law and criminal cases in the Full Court of the Supreme Court[2] and before single Justices, and as a junior counsel to the Solicitor-General for South Australia in the High Court.[3]

He was admitted to practice in 2001, and at the conclusion of his role as Associate to Chief Justice Doyle was employed initially as the Research Assistant to the Solicitor-General, and then as a solicitor within its Advising and Administrative and Environment Sections.

He has first class honours degrees in law (1999) and in economics (2000). He was a recipient of the Adelaide University medal (2000).


His book on statutory interpretation Interpretations Acts: Origins and Meaning was published by Thomson Reuters in January, 2019.

He is the co-author of the chapter on Commonwealth executive power in Hinton and Williams (ed) The Crown: essays on its manifestations, power and accountability.

He is the co-editor and author of the legal publication Summary Justice - South Australia (concerned with summary criminal procedure in South Australia). 

Recent cases to judgment
Nazbuck v Development Consent Authority, Stanes Transport PL v Development Consent Authority [2019] NTSC 14 (appeal against penalty for breaches of the Planning Act (NT)
Jagdpanzer PL and Others v Development Consent Authority & Attorney-General (NT) [2019] NTCAT
Barrett (deceased), Sunman and Others v Return to Work SA [2019] SAET 28
CXXXVIII v Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission & Anor [2018] FCCA 2400
Andrzejczak v DECD [2017] SAET 183 (classification under transition provisions of the RTW Act)
Harrington v Healthscope [2017] SAET 65 (scope of s18 RTW Act)
R v Taheri [2017] SASCFC 115

[1] Listed as a Leading Planning and Environment Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide 2019.

[2] As counsel with conduct: Dietmann v Brennan-Kuss (2015) 123 SASR 24; R v Draoui (2015) 122 SASR 360; Channel 9 SA PL v Police (No.2) (2014) 121 SASR 87; Police v Majchrak (2014) 120 SASR 192; Police v Bleeze (2012) 112 SASR 568; Police v Short (2012) 112 SASR 463; Police v Berzins (2011) 111 SASR 319; Moore v AI Automotive Ltd [2011] SASCFC 203

[3] As junior counsel to the Solicitor-General: Kuczborski v Queensland (2014) 254 CLR 51; Williams v The Commonwealth (No.2) (2014) 252 CLR 416; Magaming v The Queen (2013) 252 CLR 381; DPP v Keating [2013]; X7 v Australian Crime Commission and Anor [2012]; Plaintiff S10/2011 v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2012) 246 CLR 636; Momcilovic v The Queen (2011) 245 CLR 1; Saeed v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2010) 241 CLR 252; Hutchison 3G v City of Mitcham (2006) 80 ALR 711; BHP Billiton v Schultz (2004) 221 CLR 400; Mulholland v AEC (2004) 220 CLR 181; Coleman v Power (2004) 220 CLR 1; Cattanach v Melchior (2003) 215 CLR 1; New South Wales v Lepore (2003) 212 CLR 511; Plaintiff S157/2002 v Commonwealth (2003) 211 CLR 476

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