Applications for the judges’ associate positions for 2015 close on Friday, 7 February 2014 at 5.00 pm.

Take note of the closure date

An Associate is essentially an assistant to the Judge and the duties of an Associate will vary depending on the Court and the needs of the individual Judge. A Judge’s associate is an ideal stepping stone for an aspiring Barrister. You have the privilege of working behind the scenes, becoming familiar with practices, procedure, court staff, practitioners, counsel and most importantly you have the opportunity to watch advocates and learn what makes a good advocate. Many Judges choose Associates who demonstrate an interest or commitment to joining the Bar. Most associates are for a 1-2 year term. Associates typically will also complete a year as a Trainee Solicitor prior to or after their Associate in order to be eligible for admission to legal practice.

The role of a judges’ associate is exclusive and often means working in a close relationship between the Judge and the Associate. The associate essentially 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.

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.

Each judge has their own preferences on what the associate does, but as at a bare minimum it includes duties such as:

  • 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.

There are a number of ways to apply for these positions. For more information and details on how to apply please visit the Queensland Courts website.