Careers in the Court

Expressions of Interest Sought - Judicial Registrar

The Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (Court), seeks expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a Judicial Registrar of the Court.

Judicial Registrars are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General. All expressions of interest are treated confidentially and may be drawn upon on an ongoing basis as future vacancies arise.

The successful candidate will be an Australian lawyer within the meaning of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria) or enrolled as a legal practitioner of the High Court of Australia. Substantial litigation experience will be well regarded. The candidate must also have superior communication skills, resilience, and the ability to make timely decisions according to law.

Judicial Registrars may deal with and exercise all or any powers of the Court delegated to them pursuant to the Magistrates’ Court (Judicial Registrars) Rules 2015 which include the following: 

  • Certain offences under the Infringements Act 2006
  • Certain matters associated with warrants and search warrants
  • Applications for licence eligibility orders and removal of alcohol interlock condition applications
  • Certain matters coming within the Diversion Program in the criminal jurisdiction of the court
  • Civil causes of action for damages, debt or liquidated demands the value of which is less than $10,000
  • Certain proceedings under the Fences Act 1968
  • Civil interlocutory applications
  • Civil mediations
  • Applications under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996
  • Certain applications for Personal Safety Intervention Orders

Judicial Registrars are required to sit at all the locations of the Court throughout Victoria from time to time.

Expressions of interest, to be marked ‘Private and Confidential’, should include a resume, a short covering letter outlining your interest in the role and details of appropriate professional and personal referees. They should be posted to: 

Mr Iain McKinnon
Manager, People and Organisational Development
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
Level 6, 223 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Alternatively, expressions of interest can be emailed (please include all documents as one PDF attachment) to 

All expressions of interest must be received by no later than close of business on Wednesday 3 February 2016. Any queries should be directed to Mr McKinnon on 03 9032 0904

Trainee Court Registrar Recruitment 

Trainee Court Registrar recruitment was recently finalised. The 2016 recruitment date has not been set.

What is in a typical day for a Trainee Court Registrar?

  • Bench Clerking in a courtroom at one of over 50 locations across Victoria.
  • Swearing in and affirming witnesses, managing exhibits, facilitating the digital recording of court hearings, disseminating court documentation.
  • Facilitating the most efficient and productive order of court proceedings and resources.
  • Providing face to face, electronic and telephone based customer service to members of the public, court users and other stakeholders.
  • Assisting Magistrates and other members of the judiciary.  
What are we looking for?
  • Career orientated individuals who have VCE/HSC (or equivalent), tertiary course or work experience in a relevant field.
  • Team players with the ability to meet tight deadlines with attention to detail, demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, and competent computer skills.
  • Commitment to providing exceptional levels of customer service and being sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise daily work and demonstrated problem solving abilities.
  • Willingness to work at different Court locations within the state.
For further information, please download the Position Description and Advertisement available from the Related Publications Menu.

The salary range for a Trainee Court Registrar is $46,143 - $59, 255 plus 9.5% superannuation (as at 1 July 2015).

The commencement salary for Trainee Court Registrars is $46,143 plus 9.5% superannuation.

Some travel between court locations may be required.For details of exact locations for each court please refer to Contact Us.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through and include comprehensive answers to all questions on the application including both Key Selection criteria to be considered.

If you have missed this deadline and wish to be contacted when we commence our next recruitment, please email your contact details to  

Preparing for the recruitment process

Here are some steps you can take to gain an understanding of the role of a Trainee Court Registrar:

  • Attend a Magistrates’ Court to view case listings, observe court etiquette and become familiar with some of the legal terminology used.
  • Volunteer to do a work placement at a Magistrates’ Court or take up a work experience opportunity by contacting your local Magistrates’ Court.
  • Study in a relevant tertiary course 
  • Gain experience in a customer service and/or administrative environment.
  • Learn about the daily duties and responsibilities of a Trainee Court Registrar (see FAQ’s and Position Description) and think about how you would apply your skills and experience to these duties.
  • Prepare an up to date version of your CV.

Further information

For more information about the Trainee Court Registrar role, the recruitment process and timelines view the FAQ under the Related pages.

Any further questions regarding a career as a Court Registrar can be directed to

Other Employment Opportunities at the Court

The Magistrates' Court employs people to perform a variety of roles within the court. These include roles in the following business areas:

  • Corporate Services
  • Finance and Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Learning and Development
  • Information Technology
  • Court Support Services
  • Specialist Family Violence Services.

These vacancies are advertised when they arise on the Careers with the Victorian Government  and the Careers at Justice websites, links available from the Web and Legislation Menu. 

Contacts Learning and Development Unit

Tel: 9032 0907
GPO Box 882
Melbourne VIC 3001