James Janke

Partner at Hamilton Janke Lawyers

James Janke is a proud Criminal Defence Lawyer. James is passionate about the rule of law, fighting hard for clients’ rights, preparing thoroughly and making sure everyone who instructs him gets a ‘fair go’.

James has represented a broad range of clients in the criminal law and quasi criminal law jurisdictions including in relation to:

  • Criminal law matters
  • Traffic matters
  • License appeals
  • Coronial inquests
  • Commissions of inquiry (including appearing in a Royal Commission).

Admitted in both the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. James regularly appears in both metropolitan and regional courts throughout New South Wales and has strong working relationships with many senior and junior barristers who practice exclusively in criminal law, who he can retain in complicated matters, upon request. During what are often very difficult times, he aims to allow his clients to rest easy knowing that he won’t.

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James Janke is an experienced, professional and successful lawyer based in Newcastle, New South Wales. Approaching all situations prepared and confident to secure his clients the absolute best results.

John Wood
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James and the team at Hamilton Janke handled my matter professionally, they where always prepared, and as a result we got the best outcome, in our favor, at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Emma Smith
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I could not thank Hamilton Janke Lawyers enough. Exceptionally professional company from start to finish. From reception to court appearances. James is an expert in his field, I had full confidence that he would be able to give my partner the positive outcome we hoped for; regardless of how complicated her case was. No doubt anyone who needs to contact this company would be full of anxiety and worry, yet the service we received at Hamilton Janke Lawyers eased those worries from the first phone call. Attentive, personable and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend James and the team to anyone in need of help. The world needs more companies like this. Thank you.

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