The Criminal Lawyers’ Association of WA
Protecting the presumption of innocence

CLAWA offers advocacy, networking and continuing professional development for criminal lawyers in Western Australia.

Members have the opportunity to comment on and shape submissions to the government on proposed law reform that relates directly or indirectly to criminal law.


As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CLAWA is endeavouring to keep members and the broader legal fraternity informed of changes in court procedure that affect the operations of the Supreme, District, Childrens & Magistrates Courts in Western Australia.

Lawyers who would like to receive those updates can sign up to receive our circulars at no charge.

Sign up for COVID-19 updates


Have you been charged with a criminal offence?

We have a directory of criminal lawyers that can act for you and help you.

Search our directory of members to Find a Criminal Lawyer.

How can we

help you?

Have you been charged with a

Criminal Offence?

Find a Criminal Lawyer

Many members are on the Legal Aid panel, and if you are eligible for a Legal Aid grant you may be able to have your choice of lawyers from our members.

Legal Aid

Legal Aid might be able to assist you with free or low-cost legal services. Follow the link below to find out if you are eligible.

Aboriginal Legal Service

The Aboriginal Legal Services provides legal aid services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout WA.

News &


We’re right here

You can find us in Perth, Western Australia

The Criminal Lawyers’ Association is located in Perth, Western Australia. We work hard to support our community, and we need as many strong voices amongst us as possible. If you’re a criminal lawyer and interested in joining CLAWA, please take a look at our Member Benefits. 


Keep up-to-date with CLAWA
CLAWA Members have access to the latest criminal law updates, practice direction, legislative and court updates, and conference papers.

Latest CLAWA Events

Come and meet the team!

CLAWA regularly holds events for our members. Keep up to date with upcoming events via our Events page. We’d love to see you there!

Protecting the presumption

of innocence


Protecting the presumption

We are an incorporated association whose objects include promoting public welfare by improving knowledge of criminal law and the standard of representation available to the public in criminal law.


Contact the CLAWA President or Secretary

Or contact CLAWA using our online form.

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