Public Interest Law Careers Guide - 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 0906
Visit the Magistrates Court website
Contact person: Laura Carey

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?

Yes.  You will need to contact the relevant Court.  Information is provided on the Work Experience page of the Magistrates' Court website

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

If a school group is visiting a Court, they may contact the Court in advance regarding the possibility of booking in a talk from a Magistrate / Registrar.  There is further information on the Education page of the Magistrates' court website

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers:

Please contact the relevant court on the Education page of the Magistrates' court website

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).

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?

Do you use a recruitment agency?


What sort of volunteer opportunities are available?

Contact the individual Court location.  Most Courts have a limited number of work experience / work placement positions available at any one time.

Visit the Work Experience page of the Magistrates' Court website

Advice for applicants

  • Attend a Magistrates Court to view case listings, observe court etiquitte and some of the legal terminology used.
  • If possible, get some work experience at the Magistrates' Court during your studies, and look at the website
  • Read the position description and attached instructions carefully before submitting an application.
  • Gain experience in a customer service and/or administrative environment.

Additional comments

Outside of recruitment times, you may be placed on a mailing list so that we can contact you to advise when we are next recruiting.  This is under the "Careers" section of the website.

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