His Honour Judge Michael Rozenes AO QC

Michael Rozenes was  born in Poland and  migrated with his family to Australia  when  he was  three. After finishing at BGS he attended Monash University,  graduating  with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1967  and  a Bachelor of Law in 1969. Michael served articles with Frank  Galbally of the firm Galbally & O’Bryan and  was  admitted to the Supreme Courts of Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia  and  South Australia in 1971  and  subsequently signed the Bar Roll in 1972. From 1972  to 1976  Michael had  a general criminal and  common law practice and  from 1977  to 1991 he practised exclusively in the criminal jurisdiction with a specialisation in complex taxation, corporate and  appellant criminal cases. He appeared before numerous Royal Commissions, including  the HIH Royal Commission, Builders’ Royal Commission and Melbourne Ambulance Service Royal Commission. He was  appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1986.  Over the course of his career at the Bar, Michael sat  on the Victorian Bar Council,  the Criminal Bar Association of Victoria Committee and  the Victorian Bar Ethics Committee. In February 1992,  he was  appointed Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, where his initial three- year  term was  extended for a further two years. In 1997  Michael returned to practice at the private  Bar and  from 1998  to 2001  was  Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association of Victoria. On 25 November 2002  Michael was  appointed as the Chief Judge of the County  Court. In 2010  Michael was  made an Officer of the Order  of Australia for “distinguished service to the judiciary, particularly  as Chief Judge of the County  Court of Victoria and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, and through contributions to law reform and legal education”.

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