New judge on the bench – Australian Jewish News

Posted By on June 26, 2022

A CAREER counsellors advice paved the way for a law career that will this week see Judge Peter Rozen welcomed to the bench at the County Court of Victoria.

Speaking to The AJN, the Jewish judge recalled a visit by a career guidance counsellor when he was in secondary school.

After asking him about his future calling and hearing from him that he was passionate about the English language and its construction the counsellor made a recommendation. She suggested law, said Rozen. The senior high school student heeded her advice.

After completing legal studies, Rozen, now 59, worked as a solicitor at law firm Maurice Blackburn, specialising in workers compensation cases, before being admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1988. He signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1998 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2019.

That year, Rozen was appointed senior counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, a role he found very interesting and very demanding. In 2021, he served as counsel assisting in the St Basils nursing home inquest.

Rozen was also counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, and performed a similar role in the inquiry into the Hazelwood mine fire at Morwell.

For 12 years, he was a part-time teacher at the University of Melbourne Law School.

Rozen has specialised in occupational health and safety (OHS) and in employment law.

He has co-authored a textbook, Health and Safety Law in Victoria, now in its fourth edition, which details the Victorian OHS legislation and places it in the context of similar laws in other jurisdictions.

The new judge is among four appointments to the County and Coroners Courts, including former deputy state coroner Caitlin English, who becomes a County Court judge, while former coroner Jacqueline Hawkins becomes a magistrate and Deputy State Coroner, and barrister Catherine Fitzgerald becomes Coroner.

Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes congratulated the new appointees.

I commend these well-deserved appointments and look forward to their continued strong contribution to the County and Coroners Courts of Victoria. These appointments bring broad and extensive experience from their respective legal careers and will be excellent additions to the Victorian court system.

A customary welcome sitting for new Judge Peter Rozen was held in on Thursday, hosted by Kathy Wilson, a council member of the Law Institute of Victoria.

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