Class Actions & Major Torts Coordinator- Common Law

This position is a specialist role and presents an exciting opportunity to work in the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
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Department: Court Services Victoria
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SC1083D
Closing Date: 27-Jun-2018
Salary Range: $81,354 - $92,304
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: SC1083- Position Description.docx (Word, 188KB)


Contact: Kate Clark
(03) 9603 9012

Position Details

  • Fixed Term, Full Time, 12 months

About us

The Supreme Court of Victoria is the highest court in Victoria and deals with the state's most serious criminal and civil cases. More information about the court is available at www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au.

About the role

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in the civil jurisdiction, and to closely observe the work of advocates and the judiciary. The role will entail exposure to large-scale, complex and high-profile litigation, with some administrative responsibilities within the Court.

The Coordinator will provide significant support to the Principal Judge of the Common Law Division, currently Justice John Dixon, and other judges of the Common Law Division in managing class actions and major torts cases. Reporting to the Principal Judge and located within his chambers, it entails significant responsibilities working with Justice Dixon and other judges, in liaising with practitioners and other persons, both on casework and on broader divisional and external business.

The role involves a range of legal and administrative responsibilities including legal research and analysis of case law, clerking in court, assisting with drafting, editing and publishing judgments, rulings and orders; liaising with litigants and managing the use of specialist class actions resources and databases. The role requires excellent legal research, teamwork and organisational skills, a practical understanding of litigation, and a high degree of initiative and self-direction.

Duties include:

  • Performing a range of legal responsibilities in Common Law class actions and proceedings in the Major Torts List, including clerking in court during trials and providing legal research and assistance for judgment-writing.
  • Responsibility for case monitoring of all class actions in the Common Law Division.
  • Working with the Associate to the Judge in Charge of the Major Torts List in case monitoring and administration of Major Torts cases.
  • Providing legal research and assistance for judgment-writing in other common law proceedings and assisting the Common Law Legal & Policy Officer when required.
  • Making, or assisting judges with, speeches and presentations about class actions law and practice.
  • Responsibility for the Court's internal knowledge bank of class actions experience.
  • Arranging for provision of specialist class actions resources, including in relation to discovery, expert conclaves and e-trials.
  • Acting as a point of contact and reporting to judges of the Common Law Division regarding external research projects commissioned by the Court in relation to class actions.

About you

The judges of the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria are seeking a legally qualified person to commence as the Coordinator for Class Actions and Major Torts. Applicants will preferably have a minimum of two years' post-admission experience in litigation. However, exceptional applications reflecting less extensive experience will also be considered.

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 and
  • copy of academic transcript.

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description or contact Kate Clark on (03) 9603 9012. 

Applications close: Wednesday 27 June 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.

Please contact the CSV recruitment team to discuss any access or adjustment needs, including access to information about this position, via careers@courts.vic.gov.au. 


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