Full Name: John Kelly
Fax: 9225 8485
Mobile: 0417 523 057
Chambers: William Crockett Chambers
Room: 1717
Date of Admission: 3 Dec 1990
Called to the Bar: 29 Apr 2004
Date Appointed Silk: 22 Nov 2016


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

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



Areas of Practice

Common Law

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Confiscation of Assets
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Corruption
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Intervention Orders
  • Mental Illness
  • Money Laundering
  • Planning
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Victims of Crime

Family Law

  • Care & Protection
  • Child Disputes
  • Family Provision
  • Parenting Orders

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals

Also Entitled to Practice in

  • All Australian States and Jurisdictions

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