The Hon Robert James BROMWICH

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 29.02.2016
Location: Sydney

Other Commissions & Appointments:
Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory - Additional Judge
Supreme Court of Norfolk Island - Additional Judge

Justice Robert Bromwich commenced legal practice in January 1985, joining the year-old Sydney Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) later that year.

At the CDPP, Justice Bromwich practised across a wide range of federal criminal law with a particular focus on white-collar crime. He assisted, while on secondment, in setting up the NSW ICAC and was later appointed an Assistant Director and a trial advocate at the CDPP. In 1998, he went to the NSW Bar and in 2009 was appointed Senior Counsel. He had a wide-ranging civil, criminal and public law practice at the Bar.

In December 2012, Justice Bromwich was appointed Director of the CDPP. As Director, he implemented and led wide-ranging organisational reform, including changing the CDPP from its historic regional model to a practice group model with national leaders. As Director, he also appeared frequently in intermediate appeal courts and in the High Court.

On 29 February 2016, Justice Bromwich was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. His docket contains matters from most of the Court’s national practice areas. On 5 September 2016, Justice Bromwich was appointed as an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. He sits in the ACT Supreme Court and ACT Court of Appeal for a total of up to two weeks of the year, mostly in criminal matters. On 13 May 2021, Justice Bromwich was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island. He sits on trials and appeals in the Norfolk Island Supreme Court as they arise, also mostly in criminal matters.

Associateship applications

Justice Bromwich’s Chambers are staffed by two associates. The usual duration of each associate position is about 18 months from commencement in either January or the middle of the year. The appointment of associates is staggered to facilitate continuity of service and the induction and training of an incoming associate.

The next vacancies for associate positions with Justice Bromwich will now arise in about July 2023 and in January 2024, with some flexibility as to dates. Justice Bromwich will be taking applications for those positions between 1 December 2022 and 31 January 2023, with a view to making offers by about the end of February 2023. If you wish to be considered for either of these positions, please provide your application during the period from 1 December 2022 to 31 January 2023.

Applications should take the form of a brief cover letter, brief CV and academic transcript. Applications should be sent by email to, marked to the attention of the Chambers of Justice Bromwich. Inquiries relating to the process for the selection of associates should be made in the same way.Associate candidates will ideally have post-admission work experience in legal practice, or equivalent life experience.

General information about associate positions can be found on the Judges' Associates page of the Employment section of the Federal Court website.


Updated February 2022 

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