Brendan Kissane QC is Victoria's Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). He was appointed to the position on March 6, 2018.

Mr Kissane has been a Senior Crown Prosecutor since May 2015, and was previously a Crown Prosecutor for eight years.

He was the first Crown Prosecutor assigned to Geelong, where he oversaw the operations of the local Office of Public Prosecutions from 2009 to 2011.

Prior to his work as a Crown Prosecutor, Mr Kissane was a barrister at the Victorian Bar for more than 20 years. He
was also a member of the Refugee Review Tribunal from 1995 to 2002. Before becoming a barrister, Mr Kissane was a solicitor for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

He has a Master of Laws, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2014, and Queen’s Counsel in 2015.

The role of Chief Crown Prosecutor

The CCP has day to day management of the Crown Prosecutors subject to the direction of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The CCP is responsible for ensuring the Crown Prosecutors function in an effective, efficient and economic manner.

The role involves prosecuting complex matters in the Supreme Court and appeals in the High Court of Australia, and providing advice to Crown Prosecutors in relation to their matters.

The CCP is a member of the Director’s Committee, along with the DPP and the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions.

When the DPP is absent, the CCP takes on the role of Acting DPP and assumes the powers and duties of the DPP in doing so.