Judge Cogswell SC
Judge Richard Cogswell SC graduated in law from the University of Tasmania in 1974. He spent the following two years at Oxford University as the Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar reading Philosophy and Politics.
He then returned to Australia where he took up a position in Sydney as Associate to Sir Kenneth Jacobs at the High Court for a year.
He decided to remain in Sydney and after practising as a solicitor for 3 years he went to the Bar in 1981. He practised from Wentworth Chambers for 10 years, mostly in civil but also doing some criminal work.
In 1991 he was appointed a Crown Prosecutor, thus remaining at the Bar but changing from the private to the public sector. Briefed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions he prosecuted jury trials in the District and Supreme Courts and appeared regularly in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. He became a Senior Counsel in NSW in 1997 and a Queen’s Counsel in Tasmania in 1998.
In 2000 he was appointed the NSW Crown Advocate. The Crown Advocate shares chambers with the Solicitor General and appears in complex and high profile criminal- related cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal and at first instance as well as undertaking occasional work in the NSW Court of Appeal, the High Court and giving advice to the Attorney General and other public officers.
In early 2007 he was appointed to the District Court of NSW. He has been hearing civil and criminal matters in metropolitan Sydney and on various country circuits.
In 2016 Richard was appointed full-time President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal for 3 years. He retains his District Court judgeship but will not sit regularly while the MHRT President.
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