Public Interest Law Careers Guide - County Court

Field of Law

Justice System

Stage of Career

Secondary; Graduates

Contact Details

Address: 250 William Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone:  03 8636 6510
Visit the County Court website
Contact person: HR Manager

Description of Court/Tribunal

Civil Jurisdiction

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.

Criminal Jurisdiction

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.

Criminal Appeals

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

Leanne Newson
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)

Careers page on the Victorian Government website

Do you use a recruitment agency?


Contact person for Indigenous applicants

Ask to speak to a member of the Koori Justice Team

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