Judicial appointments

Protocol for judicial appointments

The appointment of judicial officers to the Supreme (including Court of Appeal), District and Land and Magistrates Courts, is conducted in accordance with the Protocol for judicial appointments in Queensland.

Appointments are made on the basis of merit. Page 3 of the protocol outlines suggested criteria for appointment as a judicial officer, developed by the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA).

Submitting an expression of interest

If you are eligible, you may submit an expression of interest at any time, whether or not a current vacancy exists.

In your expression of interest, identify the court jurisdiction you wish to be considered for, and provide your curriculum vitae (CV), no longer than two pages, detailing your work history, name and contact details (address and day time telephone number) as well as a maximum two page statement addressing the AIJA suggested criteria for judicial appointment.

In addition, complete the following forms to be submitted with your CV and statement:

Email all documents to support your expression of interest to:
Judicial-Appointments@justice.qld.gov.au.

Expressions of Interest can be lodged at any time during the year (commencing 1 July) and will automatically lapse on 30 June each year.  If your details change in this time, email updated details to Judicial-Appointments@justice.qld.gov.au.

If you want to continue your expression of interest, you will need to re-apply each year.

Current vacancies

Vacancies in the Magistrates Courts

  • 1 x Magistrate Mount Isa. EOI closes 28 June 2024.
  • 1 x Magistrate Brisbane. EOI closes 28 June 2024.
  • 1 x Magistrate Cairns. EOI closes 28 June 2024.
  • 1 x Magistrate Brisbane/Southport. EOI closes 28 June 2024.
  • 1 x Magistrate Southport/Bowen. EOI closes 28 June 2024.
  • 1 x Magistrate Southport/Cairns. EOI closes 28 June 2024.

Vacancies in the District Court

  • 2 x District Court Judges. EOI closes 4 July 2024. Note: Any EOIs currently submitted (which would otherwise lapse on 30 June) will be considered in this process.