John Kelly SC

John Kelly SC

  • Admitted: 1990
  • Bar: 2004
  • Silk: 2016


William Crockett Chambers
Room 1717, 460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


John worked extensively in Personal Injury, Common Law and WorkCover matters as a solicitor with Arnold Thomas & Becker and Maurice Blackburn Cashman.

He has held the positions of Solicitor in Charge of the Aboriginal Legal Service,West Kimberley, Western Australia and Senior Solicitor, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission, Alice Springs. In these positions he has had many years experience appearing in the equivalent of the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Supreme Court running committal hearings, summary hearings, bail applications, jury trials, single judge appeals and civil matters.

John also has extensive Family Law experience and has conducted urgent applications for recovery, interim and final contact and residence applications and relocation hearings in the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates’ Court.

John has appeared extensively in the Supreme Courts of Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in R v Parr [2009] VSC 166R v Parr [2009] VSC 468Bogdanovich v The Queen[2011] VSCA 388O’Donohue v The Queen [2013] VSCA 196The Queen v Penrose (Ruling No.2) [2016] VSC 191The Queen v Penrose (Ruling No.3) [2016] VSC 192The Queen v Semaan and Ors (Rulings No.1-6) [2016] VSC 124The Queen v Semaan and Ors (Ruling No.7) [2016] VSC 170The Queen v Gibson [2016] VSC 634The Queen v Penrose (Ruling No.1) [2015] VSC 786The Queen v Lindholm, Trabert and Ryan [2015] VSC 739DPP v Scriven [2014] VSC 157DPP v Barnett (Ruling) [2013] VSC 663; The Queen v Camilleri [2013] VSC 676DPP v Campbell and Ors (Ruling No.1) [2013] VSC 665R v Heffernan [2002] NTSC 32The District Court of Western Australia in the State of Western Australia v Brendan BellottieThe State of Western Australia v Philip Clinton Watson Murder Trial;

John is also the holder of an Indictable Crime Certificate (ICC)

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