Public Interest Law Careers Guide - County Court
Field of Law
Stage of Career
Description of Court/Tribunal
As the major trial Court in Victoria, the County Court has original jurisdiction in all civil matters. Cases heard in this jurisdiction include commercial matters, building disputes and damages arising from a wide range of incidents including medical negligence, serious injury and defamation. The Court is also able to hear Workcover matters.
The County Court can hear all indictable offences, except treason, murder and related offences. The broad ranges of offences dealt with include serious theft, armed robbery, drug trafficking, sexual offences, fraud and dishonesty offences, culpable driving, serious assault and income and sales tax offences. The majority of offences arise under Victorian legislation, however the Court also deals with a number of offences under Commonwealth legislation.
The Court hears appeals from the criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates' Court and the criminal and family divisions of the Children's Court.
Information for secondary schools
Do you have work experience placements for secondary school students?
Yes - please refer to the Teachers and Students page of the County Court website
Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?
Yes - Judge Saccardo
Contact person for school trip and/or speakers
Education Liaison Officer
Law Institute of Victoria
Information for university students/graduates/lawyers
What sorts of positions are available at the Court?
Tipstaff, Associate, Registry, Admin Officer
What qualifications are required for the different positions?
Qualifications for each position is detailed on Position Description at time of advertising
On average, how many positions become available per year?
Approx 50 vacancies
How many applications do you receive for these?
On average 100 applications
Where do you advertise your positions?
Careers page on the Department of Justice website (internal applicants only)
Do you use a recruitment agency?
Contact person for Indigenous applicants
Ask to speak to a member of the Koori Justice Team