The Hon Robert Osborn QC retired from the Victorian Court of Appeal in June 2018 after serving 16 years on the Supreme Court. He sat in all trial divisions of the Court and was the Principal Judge in the Common Law Division prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal in 2012. He has particular interests in Environmental/Planning Law and Criminal Law/Evidence. He was the trial judge in the Brown Mountain case and whilst hearing appeals of all kinds has sat on a wide variety of land use related and criminal cases on appeal. He has participated in the process of ongoing reform of jury directions in Victoria and continued to sit as a trial judge from time to time after his appointment to the Court of Appeal.The last jury trial he did was the cold case of Bradley relating to the murder of Michelle Buckingham. He was a member of the Victorian Court of Appeal in the recent Lawyer X case and presided in the ACT Supreme Court in the final appeal to the Court by Eastman seeking a stay of his retrial.
He holds the degrees of BA hons,LLB Hons and LLM from the University of Melbourne. He went to the Bar in 1975 taking silk in 1994. He taught Environmental and Town Planning Law at the University of Melbourne between 1978 and 1998.
While a judge he has had a total of 16 young associates coming from a wide variety of backgrounds.