John Middleton was Equal Dux of the School (Humanities) in 1970. Upon qualifying as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, he became an Associate to the Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen, then a Justice of the High Court of Australia. He proceeded to become a member of the Victorian Bar in 1979, and became One of Her Majesty’s Counsel for the State of Victoria in 1991.
He has been actively involved for many years in the legal profession, being one time Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council (1995 – 1997) and Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the Supreme Court of Victoria (1995), and since 2001 has been a member of the Legal Practice Board. In 2003 he was a recipient of the Centenary Medal for services as a former Chairman, Bar Council, to the community and to education.
John was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia effective from 31 July 2006.