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New appointment to the Court of Appeal

Tuesday, 07 February 2012

Attorney-General Robert Clark today announced that Justice Robert Osborn has been appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Justice Osborn will fill the place recently vacated by the retirement of Justice David Ashley.

Mr Clark said Justice Osborn was a highly regarded figure in the Victorian legal community, bringing many years of experience to the position.

"Justice Osborn joined the Victorian Bar in 1975, with a general practice particularly focused on public law cases," Mr Clark said.

"In addition to his extensive experience at the Bar, Justice Osborn taught town planning law at the University of Melbourne for 20 years.

"His abilities and contribution to the law were recognised in 1994, when he was appointed Queen's Counsel, and again in 2002 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria."

In 2009, Justice Osborn became the principal judge in the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court, presiding over a number of substantial trials in addition to periodic appearances on the Court of Appeal.

"I congratulate Justice Osborn on his appointment to the Court of Appeal, and look forward to his ongoing contribution to the people of Victoria and the state's judicial system," Mr Clark said.

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