Legal Associate

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Legal associates assist with researching cases, points of law, preparing matters for hearing including other related matters for first instance judges and of the Court. Legal associates are responsible for providing assistance to judicial officers during court hearings and other administrative support to judges, as required. In addition, legal associates perform court support duties.

Legal associates primarily provide assistance to designated judges but may be asked to assist other judges if the need arises. Some travel may be required.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

The occupant of this position:

provides research assistance to judicial officers
assists judicial officers with the management of cases and, if required, enters data into the Court’s case management system
assists with the preparation of matters for both the Court and the Judge, with the Judge’s judgment writing as required including head notes, catch wording, and editing in line with the Court’s judgments publication standards
undertakes judicial associate and client service (court officer) duties, and provides assistance by updating chambers loose leaf series, and
assists with the general operation of chambers, when required.

It is a mandatory that candidates have completed (or near completed) a qualification in law with a strong academic record and have completed the family law subject.

Selection Criteria

Ability to undertake research (including on-line research) and prepare reports and written correspondence.
Sound organisational skills including the ability to manage priorities, meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure in a team environment.
Well-developed interpersonal skills including tact, discretion, initiative and the ability to communicate effectively with members of the judiciary, the legal profession, the public and other court staff.
Ability to operate computer-based equipment and associated word processing and other software.
Knowledge, or ability to acquire knowledge, of Family Court functions, the organisation, practices, procedures and terminology.

Contact Officer

For more information, please contact Ashleigh Johnston, telephone (02) 8067 2374 or email [email protected]

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form on the Court’s careers portal. If you have any issues with applying, please email [email protected]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.