Jono commenced work as a barrister sole in June 2017 following eight years in practice developing a passion for, and speciality in, criminal defence advocacy. He regularly appears in the Invercargill, Gore, and Queenstown District Courts representing defendants on a wide variety of criminal charges. Jono has assisted appellants in both the High Court and Court of Appeal. Jono also has experience appearing before the New Zealand Parole Board.

Jono is a member of the New Zealand Bar Association and the Criminal Bar Association. He is a Council Member of the NZBA, representing the Otago/Southland region.


I take on myriad criminal and quasi-criminal matters including serious violence, drug offending, dishonesty, traffic, and limited licences.

I represent parties facing Resource Management prosecutions and Ministry for Primary Industry proceedings.

I also have experience defending Proceeds of Crime proceedings.

"Facing any criminal charge is a daunting, vulnerable, and stressful experience. It can be riddled with uncertainty. I cut through the mystery and simplify matters. I will help you to understand what can be a complex and confounding Court process so that you make fully informed decisions about your own case. I will explain the legal process, listen to you, follow your instructions, and expertly represent you throughout.

Call me on 027 916 661 to discuss your case and your needs"

Jono Ross