Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 13 Hansard (31 October) . .
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
The Assembly met at 10 am.
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Mr Justice John Gallop AM, QC, RFD
Motion of condolence
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (10.01): I move:
That this Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Justice John Gallop AM QC RFD, a highly respected Canberran who was committed to justice, the law and his community, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of the ACT Supreme Court's longest serving judges, John Gallop AM, QC, who died in September. Since his passing, Justice Gallop has been widely acknowledged as a towering figure in the ACT legal profession and in the Canberra sporting community for over 50 years.
He was a partner at one of Canberra's oldest law firms, Snedden Hall & Gallop, and was one of our city's most widely respected legal minds. On moving to Canberra in 1962 to join the then named Snedden & Hall, he enjoyed great success as a solicitor before joining the ACT bar in 1973. He was made Queen's Counsel in 1976. This was a rapid appointment that highlighted the regard in which he was held.
Justice Gallop was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 1978 before returning to Canberra to become a judge of the ACT Supreme Court in 1982. He remained with the ACT Supreme Court until his retirement in the year 2000. He also served with the Federal Court of Australia from 1978 until his retirement.
He was well respected across the legal fraternity. Since his passing, the ACT Bar Association has praised Justice Gallop's imposing courtroom presence, which was "brutally direct and impatient with those who he believed might have been wasting the court's time". This standing led to other appointments. He was a presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, President of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal, President of the ACT Law Society and a judge of the Supreme Court of Christmas Island.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998 for service to the law as a judge, to military law as a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal, and to the community. In 2012 Justice Gallop came out of retirement to sentence