|Chancellor of the University of Tasmania|
1 January 2006 – 31 December 2012
|Preceded by||Michael Vertigan|
|Succeeded by||Michael Field|
|Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions|
2 August 1999 – 12 October 2007
|Preceded by||Brian Ross Martin|
|Succeeded by||Christopher Craigie|
|Alma mater||University of Tasmania|
Damian John Bugg, AM, QC, a barrister, is a former Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions who served between 1999 and 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was the Tasmanian Director of Public Prosecutions from July 1986 to 1999. In 2005, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the law. He served as Chancellor of the University of Tasmania between 2006 and 2012.
Bugg was born in Tasmania and attended school and university in Hobart at the University of Tasmania, where he resided at St. John Fisher College, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in 1969. He was called to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1969 and worked for the Hobart law firm Dobson, Mitchell and Allport from 1970 to 1976 as a lawyer specialising in commercial law and litigation, and as senior litigation partner from 1977 until 1986 when he was appointed as the first Director of Public Prosecutions for Tasmania. He took silk in 1994.
Bugg has served as President of the Bar Association of Tasmania, Chairman of the Legal Assistance Scheme and a Member of the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania. He was a Member of the Council of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration for nine years and is currently a Board Member of the Canadian-based International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. He chaired the Electronic Recording Committee which implemented the program of video recorded Police interviews in Tasmania in 1987, and established and chaired the Forensic Science Services Committee in 1988, has written and spoken about Victims Rights, Pretrial Disclosure, Committals and Procedural Reform.
Bugg served as Tasmania's first Director of Public Prosecutions, from 1986 to 2001, during which time he successfully prosecuted Martin Bryant in 1996 for the murder of 35 people and the attempted murder of 23 others in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. As Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions between 2 August 1999 to 12 October 2007, Bugg determined in July 2005 that there was insufficient evidence on which to base any prosecution of Steve Vizard, granted indemnities in relation to Schappelle Corby, and decided in 2007 to discontinue prosecuting Dr Muhamed Haneef on alleged offences relating to terrorism. At the expiry of his fixed year term in 2007, Bugg was succeeded by Christopher Craigie, SC.
In 1998 Bugg was appointed as a Fellow of the University of Tasmania; and in September 2001, Bugg was appointed to the Council of the University, and served as Chancellor from 2006 to 2012. Upon his retirement as Chancellor In December 2012, the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) was conferred on Bugg by the university.
Bugg married Jenny in 1971. They have a son and daughter.
- "Damian Bugg talks about being Tasmanian Director of Public Prosecutions". Radio National. Australia. April 1996.
- "Damian Bugg appointed Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions" (Press release). Attorney General of Australia. June 1999. Archived from the original on 9 November 2005.
- "Stephen Vizard" (Press release). Australia: Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. 12 June 2007. Archived from the original on 28 July 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Schappelle Corby" (Press release). Australia: Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. 26 July 2005. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Dr Haneef" (Press release). Australia: Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Tasmania begins road to bushfire recovery". The Australian. AAP. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Damian Bugg, QC receives Australia day honours". ABC News. Australia. 26 January 2005.
Brian Ross Martin
|Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
|Chancellor of the University of Tasmania
2006 – 2012