''Crownies'' is an Australian television {{dramedy}} series that first screened on [[TheABC ABC1]] in 2011. The series involves a group of solicitors fresh from law school, working with Crown Prosecutors, or 'Crownies', who are the public prosecutors in the legal system of Australia, working for the Office of the Department of Public Prosecution. The series is filmed in Sydney, New South Wales, but the story is set in a (fictional) unnamed state (although several Sydney suburbs are mentioned by name).

A {{spinoff}} miniseries, ''Janet King'', began in February 2014, with about 80% of the major characters returning. It opens with Janet returning to the DPP following her maternity leave and being assigned to the prosecution of a high-ranking police officer charged with assisted suicide.

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!!''Crownies'' contains examples of:

* AllLesbiansWantKids: Janet and her partner Ashleigh are expecting twins. Subverted in a sense, as the risk of one of them having a birth defect is present and Janet contemplates whether or not she should have an abortion.
* AmoralAttorney: Owen Mitchell openly admits to fudging evidence to put away criminals or lying about deals to convince witnesses to go to trial. [[spoiler: Not to mention the fact he's the one leaking rumors about Janet and Erin to the press, potentially costing Janet ''her job''.]]
* ApologisesALot: Richard is constantly apologising "profusely" to Judge Walker, usually because he's brought in uncooperative witnesses. She lampshades it in one episode, while she's forcing him to copy by hand a list of prior convictions that he'd given her without a chance to properly format them, while dealing with a sprained wrist. He then informs her that his wrist was sprained in a bike accident on the way to her lecture two nights ago. She reveals that the ambulance that picked him up also dented her Prius. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He apologises. Profusely.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Janet first reads the file on Nicholas Quinn's alleged crimes (luring two office cleaners to his country house, holding against them against their will and raping them over a number of days), she gets fixated on the fact that he forced them into turtleneck jumpers. Played with in that the turtlenecks are mentioned somewhere in the middle of the file. Some of the other solicitors have the same reaction.
* ArtisticLicenceLaw: Tatum, while we appreciate your... ''zeal'' in simply ''making shit up on an iPad'' and attempting to pass that off as evidence, the fact that it ''works'' (despite the [[LampshadeHanging very very well founded objection from defence counsel]]) in open court says rather bad things about the Local Court of New South Wales.
* AssholeVictim: In the [[spoiler:'bolt-cutter babes' case, the victim is found to have been beating the women charged with his murder.]]
** In a non-homicide example, the climate change-denier who was punched in the face by a scientist that he had been harassing for months. Richard's sympathies clearly lie with the accused, though he still manages to get him found guilty.
* BedTrick: A borderline case. A woman dresses up very provocatively for a blind date set up by a friend, with someone whose been told is an attractive dentist called Phil. Around the time she's expecting him, an average-looking campaign worker who has been going door-to-door stops by. Before he can get a word in, she asks "Are you Phil?" DistractedByTheSexy, he impulsively answers "Yes." She proceeds to sleep with him, even though he's nowhere near as attractive as she was led to believe Phil is, and never makes an effort to pretend to be the man she was expecting beyond lying about his name - the implication is that she never gave him a chance to talk after that. When the real Phil shows up, she reports the campaigner to the police and then to the Crown Prosecution Service. Though Richard acknowledges the man's actions could constitute rape by fraud, most of the characters are just dumbfounded by the fact that the woman slept with him for no reason beyond "He said he was Phil." Whether or not the man was charged is left unrevealed by the end of the episode.
* BigBad: In the first season of ''Janet King'' [[spoiler: police constable Jack Rizzoli]], who was revealed to have orchestrated the overarching plot. For ''Janet King'''s second season, [[spoiler: Patrick Baccaro]]. For its third season, [[spoiler: Darren Faulkes]].
* BreakTheCutie: Erin's involvement with a murder case begins to take a mental toll on her.
** In ''Janet King'' Lina starts to lose it over a paedophile case, to the point where she attacks a man picking his daughter up from school in a fit of paranoia.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Quite a few of the more senior staff members have... quirks. This does not affect their competence in the law generally.
* ButtMonkey: Richard.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Ben isn't present for the first two seasons of ''Janet King'', but will make a comeback in season 3. Erin disappears after ''Janet King'''s first season.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Richie walks in on Conrad doing cocaine at the Christmas party, and reminds him that there are numerous cops and lawyers just outside the room. Conrad protests that he doesn't have enough for all of them.
* ConvictionByContradiction: A teacher accused of having sex with a student claims that a note the student had in her possession was written to his wife years earlier. Conveniently, the note happens to mention a brand of alcopop that didn't exist at the time.
* CreepyChild: Max Gardiner.
* DrivingQuestion: Who leaked the Quinn file to the press?
* EmbarrassingTattoo: In a RippedFromTheHeadlines example, one of the minor cases involved a tattooist who tattooed a giant penis on a friend's back while they were both drunk.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Richard angrily confronts the tennant he has been trying to evict. The {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}} is a little diluted by his riding off on a bicycle a moment later.
* FriendOnTheForce: Out of all the police officers in the first season, Andy is the most friendly and helpful to the Crownies. Even when he gets enraged at the Crownies lack of cooperation, he's quick to apologize for his own unreasonableness later.
* HelloAttorney: Erin and Tatum. Lina is also attractive but is a lot more conservative in how she dresses.
* InsufferableGenius: Owen is great at closing cases, but is completely dismissive of his coworkers and utterly convinced of his own genius.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Tracey unwisely clicks on a link Tatum sends her. She ends up opening a porn site that she can't close down and which reappears every time she starts up her computer. She ends up smashing her computer so she can get a new one.
* {{Irony}}: The media blames Janet for incorrectly sending Dianne Vaslich, accusing her of trying to run a speedy trial rather than searching for the truth with the police. Just an episode before, Janet turned down the case for its alarming lack of evidence and only agreed to take it because the police planned to run their own trial without the Crownies, which would be political ''disaster''.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Both Erin and Lina have gone through this. Erin's lead to alcoholism and an eventual sabbatical. In ''Janet King'', Lina's increased aggression in the workplace leads to her taking mandatory therapy sessions.
* JurisdictionFriction: Politically, the police and the Crownies want to be seen as cooperative but they frequently butt heads. The Crownies demand more evidence for successful cases to ensure a fair trial, while the police think the Crownies are just afraid of looking weak to the press. Jack Rizzoli in particular is outraged and accusatory when its pointed out his cases aren't airtight and attempts to start a trial behind their back. [[spoiler: Partly because he's trying to cover his own tracks.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Nicholas Quinn is seen as such by David after he dies of cancer before he can be prosecuted for rape]].
* MafiaPrincess: Tatum. Throughout high school she was known as "the gangster's daughter".
* MistakenForGay: Tatum initially assumes that Richard is gay. Admittedly, his expertise regarding wedding dresses does not help.
* MistakenForPregnant: Tracey finds Janet's sonagram on Erin's desk and leaps to the wrong conclusion regarding Erin.
* MoodWhiplash: Several episodes manage to shift from comic relief subplots involving office hijinks to serious stories such as murder or rape cases and back again pretty well.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Discussed by two of the prosecutors in the first episode.
* OfficeGolf: Ben does this.
* ParkingPayback: In the first episode, Ben's grandfather parks in an able bodied surfer who parked in a disabled spot. This one does not end well, as Ben's grandfather ultimately recieves a beating that results in his death.
* ProfessionalsDoItOnDesks: In the first episode, Ben and Julie sneak into the office after the Christmas party to have sex on Ben's boss's desk.
* StealingTheHandicappedSpot: In the first episode, an able-bodied surfer parks in the disabled parking space at the beach, and is then rude to Ben's grandfather (who is entitled to the space) when he asks him to move. Ben's grandfather then extracts some ParkingPayback by parking the surfer in. This has tragic consequences as Ben's grandfather later receives a beating that results in his death.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: Richard does this to Tatum by [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pulling off a pair of imaginary gloves]].
* ThrowTheDogABone: Richard gets two in episode nine: he finally impresses a judge who he has a terrible history with (mainly because of uncooperative witnesses) to the point where the accused is sentenced to 20-27 years (Richard's goal was 25, for the accused's impulsive murder of a postman, but the judge added two years for tampering with the mail). This is quickly followed by a passionate sexual encounter in his office chair with the psychiatrist whose testimony got the aforementioned conviction. (Though this does cause a hitch when it ruins Conrad's suit and Tatum comes close to letting slip that he's not really gay).
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Erin in the first episode.
* WorthIt: Richard gets Steve Coburn, a prominent climate change professor, found guilty of assaulting James Watt, a skeptic who had been harassing him for months, showing up at all of his lectures and repeating the same fallacious arguments against global warming. Dr. Coburn gets a $1000 fine and declares that it was worth the satisfaction.
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