Supreme and District Courts
The Role of an Associate to a District Court or Supreme Court Judge
The role of an Associate is unique and involves a close working relationship between the Judge and the Associate. The Associate acts as a personal and confidential aide to the Judge, both in and out of Court, in connection with all the Judge’s concerns. An Associate must understand and have the personality and skill to deal with the demands and restrictions that are particular to judicial life.
Some of the main duties of an Associate include:
- Legal research;
- Liaising with Court staff, the legal profession, government departments, the press and the public;
- Ensuring the effective and efficient conduct of the Judge’s Court including arraignments, empanelling juries and taking verdicts in criminal trials, listing matters, custody of court files and recording orders; and
- Travelling with the Judge on circuit and other Court business.
A position as an Associate is a rare opportunity to gain insight into the Court processes behind-the-scenes. It is an invaluable experience, particularly for those interested in litigation or a career as a barrister.
Associates are generally appointed for one year. You are encouraged to apply if you will have completed a law degree by the time you would be due to commence as an Associate.
Links for Further Information:
- Supreme Court Judges
- District Court Judges
- Protocol - Supreme Court
- Protocol - District Court
- Duty Statement
Applying for the Position of Judge’s Associate
Applications for the position of Associate to a Supreme Court or District Court judge open on the first Monday in December and close on the first Friday in February at 5:00pm.