Magistrates Court of Victoria

Field of Law

Justice System

Stage of career

Secondary; Undergraduates; Graduates

Contact Details

Address: William Cooper Justice Centre, 6/223 William Street, Melbourne
Phone:  (03) 9032 0905, 0419 561 420
Visit the Magistrates Court website
Contact person: Kathleen Sanderson, Manager, Learning and Development Unit
Email: Kathleen.Sanderson@courts.vic.gov.au

Description of Organisation

The Magistrates' Court of Victoria has a long and proud history of providing justice for the people of Victoria in local and regional Courts across the State.  The Court's objective is to provide an efficient, modern and responsive Court of summary jurisdiction designed to meet the needs of the community. The Magistrates' Court is the busiest court in Victoria, with 53 different locations around Victoria and handling approximately 90% of all cases which come before Victorian courts each year.  The Court deals with about 250,000 criminal and civil cases every year.

Information for secondary schools

Do you have work experience placements for secondary school students?

With social distancing measures in place, the Magistrates’ Court has made the decision to cease the work experience program for young people aged under 18.

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

The Magistrates’ Court is continuing to offer school group visits to court venues, and offers a work placement program for university and TAFE students aged 18 and over.

Information for university students/graduates

A law degree is not a requirement to be considered for the position of registrar.

The main role an employee would begin in within the Magistrates' Court is Trainee Court Registrar, which could then progress to Deputy Registrar after the training has been successfully completed.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Completed VCE/HSC or equivalent
  • Completed one year full time of an approved tertiary course in a relevant field
  • Work experience in a relevant field

If an applicant meets the requirements as set out above, they may apply during the recruitment process.  If they are shortlisted based on their written application, they will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre (including an interview).

Do you have a graduate clerkship program? (involving practical legal training and admission to practise)

The Magistrates’ Court offers full time, part-time, ongoing and fixed-term positions across a diverse range of roles, as well as a trainee court registrar program.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

Between 60-70

How many applications do you receive for these?

In 2013, we received nearly 1000 applications

Where do you advertise your positions?

Vacancies are advertised on the Victorian Government careers website, listed under Court Services Victoria.

Do you use a recruitment agency?

No

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