Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Appointment of Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Date of Publication: 
12 December 2012

Attorney-General's Office Media Release

Minister for Emergency Management

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon today announced the appointment of Mr Robert Bromwich SC as Australia’s next Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Bromwich will be Australia’s 7th Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce Mr Bromwich’s appointment as Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions,” Ms Roxon said.

“The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions plays a critical role in the prosecution of Commonwealth offences.

Mr Bromwich is a distinguished member of the legal community and brings with him a considerable level of knowledge and experience in criminal law. Under his leadership, I am confident that the Office of the CDPP will continue to provide the highest quality prosecution services to the Australian community.

“Mr Bromwich has gone full circle, starting as a legal officer in the Office of the CDPP many years ago, he worked his way up through the ranks to In-house Counsel before going to the Private Bar and he now returns as its Director.”

Mr Bromwich has been a respected member of the New South Wales Bar since 1998 and was appointed Senior Council in 2009. He has extensive experience in criminal law and has represented the Commonwealth in a number of complex criminal trials.

Mr Bromwich was appointed following a comprehensive merit selection process. His appointment is for a period of five years and will commence on 17 December 2012.

Mr Bromwich replaces Chris Craigie SC whose appointment as Director ended in September 2012.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions operates independently of Government and prosecutes a wide range of alleged criminal offences, such as offences relating to the importation of serious drugs, frauds on the Commonwealth including tax and social security fraud, commercial prosecutions, people smuggling, people trafficking (including sexual servitude and sexual slavery), terrorism, and a range of regulatory offences.

A short biography of Mr Robert Bromwich SC is below.

Mr Robert Bromwich SC

Mr Bromwich has 27 years’ experience as a legal practitioner. He was a barrister at the NSW Bar for 11 years before being appointed Senior Counsel in 2009.

During this time, Mr Bromwich has appeared as both prosecution and defence counsel in a number of complex criminal jury trials and appeals, specialising in insider trading, fraud and drug offences.

Mr Bromwich has held a range of roles in private practice and with the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, including Senior Assistant Director from 1991-1995 and In-house Counsel from 1995-1997.

For all media inquiries please contact the Attorney-General’s office on 02 6277 7300 or 0409 945 476

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