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Chief Judge Michael Rozenes resigns

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Cite as: August 2015 89 (8) LIJ, p.12

The search for Victoria's next Chief Judge of the County Court is underway after the resignation of Chief Judge Michael Rozenes following a serious illness. 

Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced the Chief Judge’s resignation on 23 June.

Months earlier, on 1 April, the County Court released a statement saying the Chief Judge had been taken ill and was in Royal Melbourne Hospital recovering.

Judge Michael McInerney was appointed acting Chief Judge and he will continue in the position until a new head of jurisdiction is appointed.

Mr Pakula thanked Mr Rozenes for his many years of exceptional service to the Victorian community, including 12 years of “outstanding leadership” of the state’s principal trial court.

“The Andrews Labor government thanks Michael Rozenes for his many years of outstanding service to the County Court, the justice system and the people of Victoria,” Mr Pakula said.

“Michael brought a warmth and generosity to the office of Chief Judge and will be sorely missed by all who worked with him. His considerable intellect and willingness to constantly improve and innovate have made the County Court a modern, progressive and more responsive institution.”

LIV president Katie Miller said Mr Rozenes brought efficiency and humanity to the County Court.

“He improved efficiency, but not at the expense of the people who work within the Court. Michael’s contributions brought great sacrifice to himself, leaving a busy, successful practice at the Bar, which he loved, to serve the people of Victoria. The LIV thanks him for his service and wishes him well in retirement.”

Mr Rozenes was appointed Chief Judge of the County Court on 25 November 2002. In that time, he worked to reduce delay, improve the experience of court users and bring the benefits of modern technology into the court.

Under his leadership, the County Court saw the introduction of a series of innovations. These measures include the Sexual Offences List to manage the increasing number of cases coming through the system, and the Koori County Court, the only sentencing court in Australia for Aboriginal Australians in a higher jurisdiction.

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