Associate (x2) to Justice Chris Maxwell, President, Victorian Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria

• Full time, fixed term role • $68,884.00 per annum + 9.5% superannuation (VPS Grade 3 position) • Role based in the Melbourne CBD
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Department: Court Services Victoria
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SC0791_SC0900
Closing Date: 24-Nov-2019
Salary Range: $68,884 - $83,640
Job Duration: 12 to 18 months (preferably 18 months)
Attachments: SC0900 - Senior Associate to President Maxwell - 2019.pdf (PDF, 239KB)

SC0791 - Associate to President Maxwell - 2019.pdf (PDF, 239KB)

Georgie Hawkins on (03) 9603 6673

Position Details

The Supreme Court of Victoria (the Court) is the highest court in Victoria and comprises the Court of Appeal and the Trial Division. The Court deals with major criminal and civil matters, plus appeals against decisions of lower courts.

Judges in the Court are supported by associates who assist in the management and coordination of the Judge's judicial, court management, administrative and legal research responsibilities.

Justice Chris Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal, is seeking to fill two associate positions.  The first position will commence 2 March 2020.  The second will commence 31 August 2020.  Both positions will be for a term of 12 to 18 months (preferably 18 months.)

The successful applicants will have strong academic credentials and, preferably, at least two years' post-admission experience.

The President sits on criminal and civil appeals, and has responsibility for ensuring the efficient conduct of the work of the Court of Appeal.  The President's associates assist in the discharge of his Honour's judicial and administrative responsibilities.  They also assist the President in his work with the legal profession and with Victorian law schools.

A significant portion of the work involves high-level legal research and writing.  The President's associates also perform administrative tasks in connection with case management.   

Excellent research, writing and proficiency in grammar and a strong academic record are essential. 

The duties of an associate to the President are detailed in the attached position description but specifically include:

  • preparing research memoranda and assisting in the production of judgments, including proofreading and editing;
  • leadership and training for other Court of Appeal associates;
  • initiate, develop and implement improvements to Court policies and processes;
  • clerking in court;
  • performing administrative tasks, including maintaining Court records and preparing material for use by the Judge in Court;
  • liaising with Court staff, the public, government and the profession;
  • accompanying the Judge to circuit courts in regional Victoria, as and when required;  and
  • assisting the President to prepare for, and accompany the President to external events including speeches, panel discussions and meetings.

Applications should comprise of a cover letter, resume, a certified copy of your academic transcript and two recent examples of written relevant work.

Applicants are not required to separately address the key selection criteria.

For any enquiries regarding this expression of interest, please contact Georgie Hawkins (Court of Appeal Judicial Support Manager) on (03) 8600 2405;  email:;  or the judge's current associates:  Alice Godfree on (03) 8600 2407 or Kate Riedtyk on (03) 8600 2408  email:;

The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday, 24 November 2019.

Other information

Court Services Victoria (CSV) is the employer of staff at all Victorian courts and tribunals, the Judicial College of Victoria, and the Judicial Commission of Victoria. CSV offers a wide range of legal and non-legal career options as well as attractive employee benefits.

CSV is committed to building a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. We strongly encourage people of all abilities to apply, particularly people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, and those who may experience diversity or disability related barriers in securing employment.

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