03 August 2018

OPP Senior Legal Advisor Bruce Gardner retires

One of the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) most experienced senior legal advisors, Bruce Gardner, retires today after 36 years of dedicated service.

During his time at the OPP, Mr Gardner has worked in a variety of roles across the office, most notably as Manager of Policy and Advice and currently as Senior Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He also serves as a member of the Law Reform Commission and in 2012 was awarded a Public Service Medal for his outstanding contributions to law reform and the work of the OPP.

Mr Gardner says he feels very fortunate to have worked in an area of law that has interested him for so long.

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such dedicated and professional people here over a number of decades,” he said.

“I have mixed feelings about leaving. I’m excited to have a change of lifestyle and focus but will miss the people and work here immensely.”

Solicitor for Public Prosecutions John Cain said Mr Gardner has been an integral part of the OPP for the last 36 years.  

“He has put in 36 years of very dedicated work and has much to be proud of in his achievements at the OPP and in the wider Victorian community,” Mr Cain said.

Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd QC thanked Mr Gardner for his outstanding contribution to the administration of criminal justice over many years and his work as Senior Legal Advisor to the Director.

Mr Gardner completed Law and Arts degrees at Melbourne University in 1980 and was admitted to practice in 1981.

He joined the-then “Criminal Law Branch of the Crown Solicitors Office” in 1982 as a junior solicitor, before moving to the newly established Office of the DPP in 1983.