Fiona Lester practices in criminal, civil and human rights law. She has particular experience in matters under the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996, Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 and Mental Health Act 2014.
Fiona has appeared as sole counsel in the Supreme Court, District Court, Magistrates Court, Children’s Court, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, State Administrative Tribunal, Mental Health Tribunal and Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board. She has also represented clients in diversionary courts including Start Court, IDDP Court and Danjoo Bidi-Ak Children’s Court.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction). After graduating in law, Fiona was Associate to the Hon Justice Eric Heenan in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Fiona has a great interest in therapeutic jurisprudence and has co-facilitated a number of restorative justice projects. She has also worked at the University of Western Australia Law School as a researcher and as a tutor for the School of Indigenous Studies.
Fiona joins the Bar after working as senior lawyer and principal solicitor at Ruah Legal Services and the Mental Health Law Centre.