From The Cas­tle to the bench: Con­stanti­nos Kil­ias named a new mag­is­trate

The Guardian Australia - - Headlines - Lisa Martin

Con­stanti­nos Kil­ias is no stranger to epic le­gal bat­tles.

The Greek Aus­tralian ac­tor, also known as Costas, is per­haps best known for play­ing Farouk, Dar­ryl Ker­ri­gan’s Lebanese neigh­bour in the 1997 film The Cas­tle, which cen­tres on a David and Go­liath High Court chal­lenge by or­di­nary Aus­tralians fight­ing the com­pul­sory ac­qui­si­tion of their homes.

For three decades, he’s also been a bar­ris­ter, fo­cused mostly on crim­i­nal cases, ap­pear­ing in supreme, county and mag­is­trates’ courts and in coro­nial in­quests.

On Wed­nes­day, Kil­ias be­came a mag­is­trate in Vic­to­ria.

Vic­to­rian at­tor­ney-gen­eral Martin Pakula ap­pointed Kil­ias along with Alanna Duffy and Tim­o­thy Hoare as new mag­is­trates.

Kil­ias has ap­peared in a num­ber of other screen roles over re­cent decades, star­ring as Tony the Yu­goslav in the 2000 film The Wog Boy and the 2010 film Kings of Mykonos, as well in the tele­vi­sion series Blue Heel­ers and City Homi­cide.

“These three new mag­is­trates bring decades of col­lec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to the mag­is­trates’ court of Vic­to­ria and I con­grat­u­late them on their ap­point­ments,” Pakula said. Duffy has been a bar­ris­ter since 2004, spe­cial­is­ing in em­ploy­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tive law while Hoare has been a bar­ris­ter for 18 years, fo­cus­ing on crim­i­nal mat­ters.

Pakula thanked out­go­ing mag­is­trates Rod­ney Crisp and Philip Gin­nane for their ser­vice on the bench. Gin­nane has switched to the County Court while Crisp is re­tir­ing after 33 years.

Pho­to­graph: The Cas­tle

Newly ap­pointed Vic­to­rian mag­is­trate Costas Kil­ias (right) is also an ac­tor, per­haps bestknown for play­ing Dar­ryl Ker­ri­gan’s neigh­bour in The Cas­tle.

Pho­to­graph: Twit­ter / Costas Kil­ias

Bar­ris­ter and ac­tor Costas Kil­ias.

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