Marita is regularly briefed in Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal matters, VCAT appeals, Sentencing Act applications, Children's Court, summary crime, intervention orders, family law (particularly children's matters), guardianship and administration, and Mental Health Tribunal matters.
Marita provides training sessions to law firms and community legal centres on VOCAT issues.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Marita worked in private practice, and with Australia Post as a corporate solicitor as its National Compliance Manager and advising on Trade Practices law, privacy, intellectual property and contractual matters. She spent five years at the Department of Justice prosecuting crimes under the Fair Trading Act, putting two Acts through Parliament, and overseeing the implementation of their respective regulations, and acting as Victoria's representative on the federal Ministerial Council for Financial Institutions and the National Working Party for non-financial banking institutions.
Her first legal job after completing Articles with Maddox, was in Byron Bay where she worked for two years in a busy practice mainly in family law and crime.
Marita has always volunteered in either the legal sector, or with NGO's on human rights issues, and has a special interest in human trafficking. She is a Director of Hagar Australia, and since mid 2019 holds the position of Company Secretary. Hagar is a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ending the cycle of trafficking, slavery and abuse in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
Marita has been a member of ACRATH for many years, an NGO lobbying for the cessation of human trafficking, and does group research and government lobbying about issues such as forced marriage.
In 2017 she presented a paper on Forced Marriage at the World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights in Dublin, Ireland.
PTR v Victims of Crime Assistance (Costs) (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 1644 - (21 October 2019) - Successfully opposed VOCAT's application to pay costs on a lesser scale than the County Court Scale, after VOCAT was unsuccessful at VCAT in the substantive case (see below).
PTR v Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal  VCAT 1204 (8 August 2019) - Acted for a school boy victim of grooming, and successfully overturned VOCAT's decision to refuse him lost earnings and tutoring expenses.
HUM v Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 443 (29 March 2019) - Successful overturning of VOCAT's decision to refuse a claim from a woman who experienced sexual offending as a child from a police officer.
QMX v Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 614 (20 April 2018) - Acted for a mother and children who, at VOCAT, were refused security expenses, a holiday and other items to assist recovery, and were not awarded the maxium Special Financial Assistance. Successfully overturned VOCAT's decision.