During World War ll Charles Francis served in the RAAF as an air gunner. He remained on the Reserve and became a Group Captain and Judge Advocate General (1979 – 1982). He was awarded the Reserve Forces Decoration and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
He became a trial lawyer in 1949 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1969. He was Chairman of the Victorian Bar (1987 – 1988) and served on the Australian Bar Association Council (1987 – 1989). He was Vice-Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (1983 and 1984) and served on the Common Law Bar Association Committee between 1989 & 2002.
He was a Member of the Victorian State Parliament from 1976 to 1979, and was for many years, an independent lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
Charles is the author of papers on legal history and human rights, and has lectured in USA, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and Singapore.
In 1959 he convened the Australian Regional Conference of the World Congress of Families and in 2003 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the law and to the community.