Simon Corbell has announced the appointment of Mr Kevin Duggan AM QC RFD as an acting Judge of the ACT Supreme Court and as the Board of Inquiry into the conviction of Mr Eastman.
“Before being appointed as the Board of Inquiry, Mr Duggan must first be appointed as an Acting
Judge of the Supreme Court,” said Mr Corbell.
“Mr Duggan’s criminal law and judicial experience, both in the South Australian Supreme Court and in the military, gives him a varied and extensive career which holds him in good stead for the role of heading up such a wide ranging Inquiry,” said Mr Corbell.
Prior to his retirement in 2011, Mr Duggan served as a Supreme Court Judge in South Australia for over 20 years.
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In addition to his role as a Supreme Court Judge, he was the Judge Advocate General for the Australian Defence Force from 1996 to 2001.
During his judicial career, Mr Duggan was chairperson of various court committees, including the Joint Courts Criminal Law Committee and the Joint Courts Criminal Legislation Committee.
Mr Duggan held the rank of Major General in the Army Reserve and, upon his retirement from the Army, was appointed a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal. He was the Honorary Colonel of the Adelaide Universities Regiment from 2003 to 2010.
In 2002, he was made a member of the Order of Australia in the military division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
From 1971 to 1979, Mr Duggan served as the Chief Prosecutor for South Australia, and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1979.
His experience also extends to serving as an associate to Sir Edward McTiernan of the High Court of Australia, as well as eight years in private practice as a barrister where he regularly appeared as defence counsel.