Peter McClellan

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The Honourable
Peter McClellan
AM QC
Chief Royal Commissioner of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
In office
11 January 2013 – 15 December 2017
Serving with Bob Atkinson, Jennifer Coate, Robert Fitzgerald, Helen Milroy, Andrew Murray
Nominated by Julia Gillard
Appointed by Quentin Bryce
(Governor-General)
Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal
Assumed office
21 February 2013
Chief Judge at Common Law of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
In office
1 September 2005 – 21 February 2013
Appointed by Marie Bashir
(Governor of NSW)
Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales
In office
25 August 2003 – 1 September 2005
Preceded by Maria Pearlman
Succeeded by Brian Preston
Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
In office
29 January 2001 – 25 August 2003
Nominated by Bob Debus
Appointed by Jim Spigelman, CJ
Personal details
Born Peter David McClellan
Sydney, New South Wales
Children Nick, Jo, Jack and Will
Alma mater Normanhurst Boys' High School;
University of Sydney
Occupation Judge
[1]

Peter David McClellan, AM, is a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, the highest court in the State of New South Wales, Australia, which forms part of the Australian court hierarchy. He was appointed to the position in February 2013. McClellan was the Chief Royal Commissioner of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from January 2013 to December 2017. He was previously the Chief Judge in Common Law in the Supreme Court, a position to which he was appointed in 2005.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

McClellan grew up on Sydney's Upper North Shore, and received his secondary school education at the public Normanhurst Boys' High School. Fellow Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison (who also attended the school) said that, "that school was instrumental in assisting your Honour to overcome adolescent difficulties you had with low esteem, lack of confidence and self doubt".[3]

McClellan later studied arts and law at the University of Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1974.[4]

Career[edit]

McClellan was admitted to practise law as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 26 July 1974, and worked for a short time as a solicitor at Hall and Hall. He was called to the Bar on 2 May 1975.[4] His legal practice primarily consisted of planning and environmental law, administrative law, valuation and water-related matters, as well as advising government agencies. From 1984 to 1985, he held the role of Counsel Assisting the Maralinga Royal Commission into British nuclear testing in Australia. Also that year, he was appointed Queen's Counsel.[4] He later served as Chairman of the New South Wales State Government Inquiry into Swimming Pool Safety from 1988 to 1991, Acting and Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption from 1992 to 1993, and supervised the statutory review of the Sydney Casino licence in 1997 and 2000.

In 1998, McClellan was the Chairman of the Sydney Water Inquiry.[5] On 29 January 2001, McClellan was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.[6] From 25 August 2003, McClellan was the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, leaving this role on 1 September 2005 due to his re-appointment to the Supreme Court.[7]

McClellan has also worked as an Assistant Commissioner at the Independent Commission Against Corruption and as an Acting Judge of the District Court of New South Wales. In addition, he has held the position of New South Wales President of the National Environmental Law Association.[4]

On 11 January 2013, Justice McClellan was announced as the head of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.[8][9] He presented the commission's final report and recommendations on 15 December 2017.[10]

Honours[edit]

In 2011 McClellan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary through the Supreme Court of New South Wales, to environmental law, and to legal education.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swearing in Ceremony of The Honourable Peter David McClellan QC". Supreme Court of New South Wales. NSW Department of Attorney-General. 30 January 2001. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Justice Peter McClellan AM". Our work: The Commissioners. Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Farewell ceremony of the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court, Justice Peter McClellan" (PDF). Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. 2005-09-01. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Profile of the Honourable Justice Peter McClellan" (Word). University of Western Sydney. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Walsh, Nonee. "Sydney's Cryptic Water Crisis" (transcript). Background Briefing. Australia. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Annual Review 2001 - The Judges of the Court". Supreme Court of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Past Chief Judges". Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Greens back McClellan appointment". Herald Sun. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Moran, Susannah (12 January 2013). "Inquiry chief Peter McClellan noted for fairness and experience". The Australian. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Stuart, Riley; Kontominas, Bellinda (15 December 2017). "Royal commission: Celibacy and confessional overhaul proposed in child sex abuse findings". ABC News. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "McCLELLAN, Peter David: Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 

 

Legal offices
Preceded by
Mahla Pearlman
Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court (NSW)
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Brian Preston