Judge Sydney Tilmouth QC

Areas of expertise

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Arts

Judge Sydney Tilmouth QC

BA, LLB

Judge Sydney Tilmouth has served as a Judge of the District Court, the Environment and Development Court and the Equal Opportunity Tribunal of South Australia since 2005 to the present.

Between 1987 and 2005 he was the Barrister Founder and Head of Edmund Barton Chambers Adelaide, member of Empire Chambers Canberra and Edmund Barton Chambers Darwin.

He was also Director of Legal Services Commission of South Australia from 1984 to 1987, Chief Counsel of Legal Services Commission of South Australia from 1982 to 1984, Barrister & Solicitor (Partner and Founder) S.W. Tilmouth & Co from 1979 to 1982, Senior Solicitor of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement from 1977 to 1979, Barrister Bar Chambers, Adelaide from 1975 to 1977, and Solicitor (inaugural) of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement 1973 to 1974.

Judge Tilmouth was admitted in 1973 and appointed Queens Counsel in 1989.


Publications and Editorial Contacts

Australian Criminal Trial Directions, Looseleaf Contact: LN BG Publishing

Professional Contact

District Court of South Australia, Way Building, Victoria Square Adelaide SA 5000

Tel: 08 8204 0229


Awards & Recognition

2010 recipient of The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) Award for Excellence for work at the ‘Nunga’ Court (SA) and in particular for work in relation to Aboriginal Sentencing Conferences.


Speaking Engagements

  • 'The Wrong Direction', A case study of successful criminal appeals in Australia; a paper to be delivered at the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory Bali conference on 24 June 2013 and to be published.
  • 'Courtroom Advocacy – Reflections of a Trial Judge', paper delivered on 17 February 2012 at a Law Society of South Australia Forum in Adelaide, published in (2012) 36 Australian Bar Review 31. 
  • 'Citizenship as a Constitutional Concept: Singh v The Commonwealth of  Australia and Rasul v Bush, President of the United States', (2005) 26 Aust Bar Rev 19; a paper delivered at the University of New South Wales Centre of Public Law 2005 Constitutional Law Conference.  
  • 'Legal Aid in Australia'; a paper delivered at the 28th Australian Legal Convention, September 1993.
  • 'Headlines, Headnotes & Hardship', Journalism and Justice in S.A., Journalism and Justice Conference, Brisbane 1991.
  • 'Can You Credit It? - the Role of Demeanour in the Evaluation of Witness Evidence'; a paper given at the South Australian Magistrate’s Conference, 1990.


Memberships

  • Member, combined District and Supreme Court Committee preparing and revising Judges Bench Book, 2005 to present. 
  • Faculty member of the Australian Advocacy Institute, teaching experience throughout Australia, and in the United States, Bangladesh, and Singapore.
  • Moderator of Advocacy Committee, Law Society of South Australia.