Peter Bellach


BA LLB (Hons) (Sydney University)

Admitted as a legal practitioner in 2003
Admitted as a barrister in 2015

Peter has over 10 years experience specializing in criminal law in the Northern Territory. Before joining John Toohey Chambers in 2015, Peter was the Deputy Managing Solicitor, Criminal Section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.

As a barrister Peter appears in a broad range of criminal matters in the Magistrates Court, Supreme Court and Youth Court. He has appeared in several recent appeals to the Supreme Court. Peter has extensive experience advising in relation to drug charges, assault charges, traffic matters and applications for domestic violence orders.

Throughout his career, Peter has developed a strong interest in cross-language and cross-cultural communication, recognising the importance of effective communication with clients and witnesses from linguistically, culturally and socially diverse backgrounds.

In 2012 he undertook a 12 month secondment to the Aboriginal Interpreter Service, Northern Territory Government. This position involved providing legal training for Aboriginal Language Interpreters working in the criminal justice system. It also involved a major project to translate and record the police caution (provided to a suspect at the beginning of an interview) into 22 Aboriginal languages for use by the Northern Territory Police.


Recent Appeals conducted 

  • Prior v Mole [2015] NTSC 65

  • Silva v Parker [2015] NTSC 44

  • Rigby v PG [2015] NTSC 12; (2015) 293 FLR 387

  • Fejo v Sims & Anor [2014] NTSC 9

  • Mitchell v Verity [2011] NTSC 95; (2011) 255 FLR 116

  • Malogorski v Peart [2011] NTSC 86; (2011) 30 NTLR 145; (2011) 254 FLR 147

  • Parnell v Verity [2011] NTSC 47

  • Lewin v Bradley & Raymond v Bradley [2011] NTSC 28


Published articles/works 

Working with Aboriginal Clients: What makes a good lawyer? Indigenous law Bulletin March/April 2014, Vol 8 No 11

Northern Territory Duty Lawyer Handbook, December 2012


Contact details 

P: 08 8942 1162
M: 0429 180 165


Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Proceedings
  • Care and Protection of Children
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Proceedings
  • Disiplinary Tribunals
  • Family and Estate Law
  • Guardianship and Mental Health
  • Indigenous
  • Licensing
  • Mediation
  • Public Law
  • Refugees
  • Social Security and Welfare