About King

The Honourable Leonard James King AC QC (1925 – 2011) was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia. Leonard King’s childhood was spent during and in the aftermath of the great depression. He was educated at St Joseph’s Memorial School where he matriculated at the age of 14. After leaving school he worked for the Shell Company as a clerk. Upon the outbreak of World War II, Leonard King volunteered and he served in the Royal Australian Air Force in Australia and New Guinea. Utilising the Commonwealth 47 Reconstruction Training Scheme, he commenced a law degree while still serving in New Guinea. On his demobilisation, he continued his studies at the University of Adelaide. Mr King was admitted to practice in December 1950 and he worked as a solicitor and barrister. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1967.
In 1970, Mr King entered Parliament as the Member for Coles. He served as the Attorney-General in the Dunstan Labor Government between 1970 and 1975. Mr Leonard King was appointed a puisne judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia in June 1975. On 30 October 1978, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, from which position he retired on 28 April 1995.
Based in the North East of Adelaide, King comprises the localities of Bibaringa, Golden Grove, Gould Creek, Greenwith, Hillbank, One Tree Hill, Salisbury Heights, Salisbury Park, Uleybury and Yattalunga and portions of Salisbury East and Surrey Downs.