Betty King

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The Honourable
Betty June King
Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria
Assumed office
21 June 2005
Judge of the County Court of Victoria
In office
1 March 2000 – 21 June 2005
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Melbourne

Betty June King QC is an Australian jurist. She is a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, in the Australian state of Victoria. She has served as a judge in the County Court of Victoria. She served as a member of the National Crime Authority in the 1990s.


King attended high school at University High School.[1] She later studied law at Melbourne University until 1973, graduating in 1974.[2][3][4][5]

Early legal career[edit]

After completing her articles, she joined the Victorian Bar in 1975 at the age of 24, becoming only the twenty-fourth female barrister.[3][5]

King was in 1986 the first female Prosecutor in Victoria, later becoming the first female Commonwealth prosecutor.[3][5]

In 1992 King was one of the first Victorian women to be promoted to Queen's Counsel.[6]

During the late 1990s King was a member of the National Crime Authority at one point acting as chair of the authority.[3]

Judicial career[edit]

County Court[edit]

In 2000 King was appointed a judge of the County Court, serving until her appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005.[1][7][8][9][10]

Supreme Court[edit]

King was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 21 June 2005.

Melbourne gangland trials[edit]

King presided over the prominent cases involving Melbourne criminal figure Carl Williams and his associates arising from the Melbourne gangland killings.[1][11] In 2008 King ruled that the Underbelly television series could not be shown in the state of Victoria during Williams' murder trial.[12][13][14] During the trial of Evangelos Goussis for the murder of Lewis Moran she banned a proposed television showdown on Today Tonight between Judy Moran and Williams' mother. While instructing the jury during Goussis' trial she referred to herself as the "queen of banning things".[15]

Public statements[edit]

In May 2010 she spoke out against prominent defendants, their family members, and judges being treated as celebrities. King claimed to have had a Wikipedia article about her deleted.[16][17] In 2008 a fake Facebook profile bearing her name was removed after a complaint.[16][18]


  1. ^ a b c Porter, Liz (18 November 2007). "King of her court". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Bachelor of Laws (incl. Hons) 1974, The University of Melbourne, 22 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Court moves announced". Law Institute Journal. Law Institute of Victoria. 79 (8): 23. 2005. ISSN 0023-9267. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Ray QC, Ross. "Justice Betty King" (PDF). Victorian Bar News. Victorian Bar Council (134): 18. ISSN 0159-3285. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-29. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Annual Luncheon 2010" (PDF). Royal Children's Hospital. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Tides of Change". Victorian Bar. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Judges and Registrar as at 30 June 2003" (PDF). 2002–03 Annual Report. County Court of Victoria. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Brown, Matt (23 February 1997). "Background Briefing - National Crime Authority". Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Judges - History". Supreme Court of Victoria. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "HULLS: APPOINTMENTS TO COURT OF APPEAL, SUPREME COURT". Office of the Attorney-General. 21 June 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Silvester, John (8 May 2007). "'You are a killer and a cowardly one'". Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  12. ^ Butcher, Steve (5 April 2008). "Ban judge King praises Underbelly". The Age. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Hunt, Elissa (22 April 2008). "I'm the queen of banning things, says Betty King". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Murder trial judge bans underworld show". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Hunt, Elissa (22 April 2009). "I'm the queen of banning things, says Betty King". Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Buttler, Mark (3 May 2010). "Supreme Court Judge Betty King attacks Roberta Williams and Mick Gatto". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  17. ^ Batsas, Michelle (Autumn 2010). "Interview With Justice Betty King". Young Lawyers Journal. Law Institute of Victoria (44): 10. ISSN 1441-4449. 
  18. ^ Carbone, Suzanne; Money, Lawrence (16 June 2008). "Fake faces on Facebook?". The Age. Retrieved 4 May 2010.