Associate to the Honourable Justice McLeish, Supreme Court of Victoria

• Full time, fixed term role, approximately 12 months with a possibility of a 6 month extension

• $72,751 per annum + 10.5% superannuation (VPS Grade 3.1 position)

• Role based in the Melbourne CBD
Job Details
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Department: Court Services Victoria
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG3.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SC1158
Closing Date: 04-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $72,751 - $80,545
Job Duration: 12 month contract with possible 6 month extension
Attachments: SC1158 - Associate to McLeish JA PD - 2022.pdf (PDF, 259KB)

Contact: Samantha Loo, Judicial Services Coordinator

Position Details

About us

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.

Justice McLeish is seeking a legally qualified individual to be his associate commencing 27 February 2023.  The successful applicant will have been admitted to legal practice, and subsequent employment experience is likely to be an advantage.

About the role

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

  • assisting in the management and coordination of the Judge's judicial and administrative responsibilities;
  • preparing research memoranda and case summaries, and assisting in the production of judgments, including proofreading and editing;
  • 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;
  • managing the Judge's chambers;  and
  • accompanying the Judge to circuit courts in regional Victoria, as and when required.

About you

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

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

  • demonstrated ability in legal research and writing;
  • demonstrated ability in statutory interpretation;
  • interpersonal and communication skills;
  • organisational and problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment;
  • excellent computer literacy;
  • well-developed proofreading skills with proficiency in grammar;  and
  • an excellent academic record.

How to apply

Applications comprising a cover letter, resume and a certified copy of your academic transcript should be submitted online, via the Victorian Government Careers website.

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

For any enquiries regarding this expression of interest, please contact Samantha Loo (Court of Appeal Judicial Services Coordinator) on (03) 8600 2412;  email:;  or the Judge's current associate:  Joshua Forrest on 8600 2431;  email:;

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

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.

Employees of Court Services Victoria are required to comply with any applicable government pandemic order, as well as any policy implemented by Court Services Victoria, in relation to mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19.  It is a condition of any offer of employment that applicants for vacant roles with Court Services Victoria agree to comply with any applicable pandemic order or policy regarding mandatory vaccinations.

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