Anna is a specialist criminal barrister who is instructed for both the prosecution and defence across all areas of serious crime, including fraud, violence, drugs, weapons and public order.
Anna’s meticulous case preparation and attention to detail lays an excellent foundation for outstanding representation in the courtroom. Known for her sensible advice and professional client care, Anna confidently grasps complex arguments to present polished, persuasive advocacy in court. Anna is also at ease conducting cases involving vulnerable clients and witnesses, skilfully adapting her approach to accommodate those vulnerabilities and to build a rapport.
Anna has a particular specialism upon the provisions of bad character evidence under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, having completed an LLM upon this topic in 2017.
Anna has acted as a disclosure junior in a human trafficking case, reviewing thousands of hours of CCTV to create viewing logs to be used in court, she has also been instructed as junior counsel in a case of drug production and money laundering involving alleged gangs. Anna is currently completing a document review for the FCA alongside her appearances in court.
Leading Anna Dutka, and instructed by the Serious Economic, Organised Crime and International Directorate (SEOCID) of the CPS, prosecuted this case of romance fraud, where vulnerable victims were defrauded of £426,311.68. Victims were targeted based on their sexuality, age and poor health, with the defendants posing as younger men seeking romantic relationships to gain trust. Over 80 victims were identified. The defendants were sentenced to 8 years and 3 years 9 months’ imprisonment respectively.
James Martin, leading Anna Dutka, successfully submitted there was no case to answer against the client in this 4-handed conspiracy to produce cannabis and the Judge directed not guilty verdicts. The case also involved a shoot-out over one of the cannabis factories and attracted local media attention.