Farewell dinner for Justice John Burns

The ACT Law Society and the ACT Bar Association request the pleasure of your company at a farewell dinner to celebrate the career of Justice John Burns as he finishes his service at the ACT Supreme Court. 

Justice Burns was first admitted to practice in 1981. He practiced as a Legal Aid solicitor in the Legal Services Commission of NSW, specialising in criminal law, until January 1983 when he joined the Deputy Crown Solicitors office in Canberra as a Prosecutor. In 1984 he joined the newly created office of the Australian Government Solicitor in Canberra as a senior solicitor. In August 1985 he resigned from the Australian Government Solicitors office to take up a position in the firm of Gallens Barristers and Solicitors. He subsequently became a partner in the firm of Gallens Barristers and Solicitors, and when Gallens merged with the firm of Crowley and Chamberlain, he became a partner in the new firm of Gallens Crowley and Chamberlain. During this period, His Honour practiced predominately in the field of criminal law and civil litigation. In April 1989 His Honour commenced at the bar at Blackburn Chambers, practising in criminal law and general civil litigation.

His Honour was appointed as a Magistrate and Coroner of the ACT in April 1990. At the same time His Honour was also appointed as a Magistrate of the Norfolk Island Territory. During his time as a Magistrate His Honour spent three years as the Children’s Court Magistrate. His Honour also took over responsibility for managing the lists of the Magistrates Court as List Co-Coordinating Magistrate in 2007. In December 2009 His Honour was appointed Chief Magistrate and Chief Coroner of the ACT. He held those positions until he took up his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court on 1 August 2011.

Since 2012 his Honour has been a member of the ACT Law Reform Advisory Committee.


  • When: 6.30-10.30pm Thursday 29 July 2021
  • Where: National Museum of Australia, Gandel Atrium, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra
  • Dress: Lounge suit
  • Partners most welcome
  • Cost: $150 per person (includes a three course meal and all drinks)
    Please contact us for table bookings — tables seat ten
  • RSVP by COB 22 July 2021

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