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Friday, 11 March 2022

ACT legal profession welcomes new Supreme Court judges

The ACT Law Society extends its congratulations and welcomes the announcement of the appointment of two new resident judges for the ACT, Geoffrey Kennett and Belinda Baker.

Mr Kennett fills the vacancy following Justice Burns’ retirement last August, while Ms Baker will replace Justice Michael Elkaim when he retires in December.

Mr Kennett brings over 30 years of legal experience, having commenced his legal studies and early career in Canberra before being called to the bar in Sydney in 1998 and his appointment as Senior Counsel in 2010. He chairs the Law Council of Australia’s Administrative Law Committee and is a member of its Constitutional Law Committee.

Ms Baker brings over 20 years of legal experience, particularly in criminal law, as a barrister, solicitor advocate and currently as a Crown Prosecutor with the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“The Society congratulates Mr Kennett and Ms Baker on their appointments,” said ACT Law Society President Elizabeth Carroll.

“It is pleasing to see the appointment of two practitioners who each bring strong experience in different areas of practice. Mr Kennett’s experience in civil and administrative law is complemented by Ms Baker’s experience in criminal law.”