Chief Crown Prosecutor for the State of Victoria
The Governor in Council has today appointed Brendan Francis Kissane QC Chief Crown Prosecutor for the State of Victoria.
Brendan Kissane graduated Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, and later also Master of Laws, from the University of Melbourne. He served Articles with Barrie Williams and was admitted to practice in March 1989.
He remained with Barrie Williams as a Solicitor for a little over a year; and then became a Solicitor, then a Senior Solicitor, with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service for some 3 years.
He signed the Bar Roll on 23 May 1985 and read with Joseph Gullaci (now Judge Gullaci of the County Court).
In 1988/89, he took a year’s leave to work with the Central Land Council appearing as Counsel in the Northern Territory Wakaya-Alyawarra Land Claim.
He was a Member of the Commonwealth Refugee Review Tribunal for more than 7 years (1995-2002).
He served on the Bar Human Rights Committee; and was accredited as a Mediator under the Victorian Bar Scheme in 2004.
He was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in November 2007; took Silk in November 2014; and was appointed a Senior Crown Prosecutor in May 2015.