Peter Kidd

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Peter Kidd
SC
Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria
Assumed office
8 September 2015
Nominated byMartin Pakula
Appointed byLinda Dessau
Preceded byMichael Rozenes
Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria
Assumed office
24 May 2016
Nominated byMartin Pakula
Appointed byLinda Dessau
Personal details
Born
Peter Barrington Kidd

(1965-10-04) 4 October 1965 (age 56)
Adelaide, South Australia
NationalityAustralian
EducationPrince Alfred College
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
ProfessionJudge, lawyer

Peter Barrington Kidd SC (born 4 October 1965) is an Australian jurist. He has served as Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria since 8 September 2015, and as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria since 24 May 2016.[1]

As chief judge of the County Court, Kidd chairs the County Court's Board of Management and is a member of the Courts Council, the governing body of Court Services Victoria. He also sits on the boards of the Judicial College of Victoria.[2] and the Judicial Commission of Victoria.[3]

In 2018–2019, he presided over the trial of Cardinal George Pell whom he sentenced to six years in jail.[4] In April 2020 the High Court of Australia quashed that verdict because there was "a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof".[5]

Kidd holds a Masters of Laws from the University of Geneva, where he specialised in international humanitarian and criminal law, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide.[6]

Kidd was admitted to practice in 1990,[7] and signed the Victoria Bar Roll in 1995.[8]

Between 2005 and 2008, Kidd worked as an International Prosecutor at the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which investigated and tried war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed during the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s.[6]

Kidd joined Victoria's Crown Prosecutors' Chambers in January 2009 after returning to Australia, and in November 2011 he was appointed Senior Counsel. In July 2013 he was appointed a Senior Crown Prosecutor.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senior Crown Prosecutor Appointed Chief Judge of County Court".
  2. ^ "Judicial College of Victoria Board".
  3. ^ "Board of the Judicial Commission of Victoria".
  4. ^ "George Pell jailed for 'breathtakingly arrogant' abuse of two choirboys". ABC News. 2019-03-13. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  5. ^ https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6826839/High-Court-of-Australia-Pell-v-The-Queen.pdf
  6. ^ a b c "Welcome - His Honour Chief Judge Peter Kidd".
  7. ^ "Peter Kidd SC appointed Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria".
  8. ^ "Law Institute of Victoria: New Kidd on the block".
Legal offices
Preceded by
Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria
2015–present
Incumbent