Justice Middleton was appointed a part-time Commissioner of the ALRC for a term of three years on 28 November 2012, and reapppointed for a further 12 months in November 2015. On 22 Nov 2016, the Attorney- General reappointed Justice Middleton for another three years.
John Eric Middleton was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia effective from 31 July 2006. He was appointed Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal effective from 16 February 2009, and presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal effective from 24 November 2010.
He graduated from the University of Melbourne as Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and from the University of Oxford as Bachelor of Civil Law (First Class Honours). He was the Winter Williams Scholar (University of Oxford (1976)). He was admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1976. After serving as Associate to Sir Ninian Stephen, then Justice of the High Court of Australia, he was called to the Bar in 1979 where he practised predominantly in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Resources Law and Commercial Law.
He was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel for the State of Victoria in 1991 and subsequently became Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council.
His extra-curial activities include being a Council Member of The University of Melbourne, a member of The American Law Institute, a Council Member of the National Judicial College of Australia, a member of Judicial Liaison Committee for Australian Centre for Commercial International Arbitration, and a Board member of the Victorian Bar Foundation.
He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services as a former Chairman, Bar Council, to the community and to education.