The Victorian Government has today, Tuesday 25 October, appointed John Kelly SC as a judge to the County Court of Victoria.
John was a foundation member of Parnell’s Barristers’ criminal and administrative law list. He has been an exceptional guide and mentor to many junior counsel and readers during his time at Parnell’s Barristers and before.
His appointment as judge is an outstanding achievement and wonderful recognition to the high regard in which he is held in the Victorian legal community.
John came to the Bar in 2004 and was recognised as a silk in 2016. During his career John 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.
Parnell’s Barristers congratulates John on his appointment and wishes him all the very best on this prestigious new phase of his career.