Senior Associate to Honourable Justice Emerton, Supreme Court of Victoria

The Honourable Justice Emerton of the Victorian Court of Appeal is seeking a legally qualified individual to assist her in the role of Senior Associate to commence on 29 January 2019.
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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/SC1028
Closing Date: 06-Nov-2018
Salary Range: $66,699 - $80,987
Job Duration: 18 months
Attachments: SC1028- Position Description.doc (Word, 237KB)


Contact: Georgie Hawkins
(03) 9603 6673

Position Details

  • Full time, fixed term role
  • $66,699 per annum + 9.5% superannuation (VPS Grade 3 position)
  • Role based in the Melbourne CBD

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, ceremonial, court management, administrative and legal research responsibilities.

The Victorian Court of Appeal is seeking a legally qualified individual to be the Senior Associate to Justice Emerton for a period of 18 months, commencing 29 January 2019.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the civil and criminal appellate environments, and to closely observe the work of advocates and the judiciary.

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

The duties of a Senior Associate are detailed in the attached position description but specifically include:

  • assist in the management and coordination of the Judge's judicial and administrative responsibilities
  • preparing research memoranda, case summaries and assisting in the production of judgments, including proofreading and editing;
  • identifying and implementing improvements to operational processes and procedures;
  • clerking in Court, using courtroom technology to ensure proceedings are transcribed and technological aids are readily available to counsel;
  • providing administrative assistance to the Judge during hearings and in chambers;
  • manage the Judge's chambers;
  • liaising with Court staff, the public and the profession; and
  • accompany the Judge to circuit courts in regional Victoria, as and when required.

The role requires a high degree of sensitivity and professionalism as you will be working closely with judicial officers, court staff, legal practitioners and members of the public.

To be successful in the role of Senior Associate to the Judge you will possess the following:

  • legal qualifications;
  • highly developed legal research skills;
  • demonstrated ability in statutory interpretation;
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills to confidently and accurately convey information over the telephone, in writing and in person to members of the legal profession, the public and the media;
  • exceptional organisational and problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment;
  • excellent computer literacy and administrative experience;
  • well-developed proofreading skills with proficiency in grammar;
  • an excellent academic record; and
  • a minimum of 2 years' post-admission experience. 

How to apply

To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button, ensuring you include the following documents in your application:

  • resume 
  • a short covering letter
  • certified copy of academic transcript
  • two recent examples of written relevant work.

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

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description. 

Applications close: Tuesday 6 November 2018

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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