The College is saddened to learn of the passing of former County Court Judge Paul Mullaly, who served with distinction as a judge of that Court for 22 years. His Honour was aged 92.
At only 24 years of age his Honour was admitted to the Victorian Bar and was eventually appointed as a Crown Prosecutor and later Chief Prosecutor. In 1977, he was appointed as Victorian Crown Counsel and in 1979 was appointed as a Judge of the County Court, where he remained until 2001.
His Honour made a major contribution not only in the work he performed as a trial judge, but also in preparing resources to assist other judicial officers better understand the criminal law. He was primarily responsible for the preparation of the Sentencing Manual and Trial Manual for judges of the County Court, laying the foundation for the development of the College’s Sentencing Manual and Criminal Proceedings Manual.
During his distinguished career, his Honour was not merely a practitioner and judge but a law reformer, a researcher, and a teacher. He served as a member of the Attorney-General’s Special Advisory Committee on the Criminal Law, as Chairman of the Forensic Science Society of Victoria and as a Major in the Army Legal Corps.
His Honour was a lover of history, and in 2008 his book, Crime in the Port Phillip District 1835-51, was published by Hybrid. The book won the Judges Special Prize for Excellence in the Victorian Community History Awards 2009.
The College offers its condolences and deepest sympathies to his Honour's family at this difficult time.