Duties of the Senior Associates
Senior Associates are responsible for the effective and efficient conduct of the Judge's court and chambers. The specific duties required of a Senior Associate will depend on the particular Judge and their needs, and the List or Division of the Court in which the Judge works. The duties of a Senior Associate may include some or all of following:
- Provide legal assistance and support to a judge by providing detailed analysis of case law, precedents and the application of legal developments where precedents may not be well defined, and use this information when drafting background papers and preparing decisions under the judge’s supervision.
- Assist the Judge by providing research such as locating legal documents from libraries and on-line legal resources and where appropriate preparing case summaries and providing assistance in the preparation of decisions and sentences.
- Provide administrative support to the judge’s chambers, including keeping accurate records of hearings, judgments and orders, co-ordinating the efficient movement of documents and files to and from the registry, preparing correspondence, reports and other documents, managing the judge’s schedule of hearings and engagements, and liaising with other judicial officers, court officers, court users and the general public.
- Provide administrative assistance to a judge during hearings, including facilitating and co-ordinating courtroom processes, liaising with other judicial officers, court users, registry officers and the general public, preparing documentation, empanelling and swearing-in juries, taking verdicts, recording orders made by the judge, and maintaining a record of, and securing, exhibits.
- Maintain the Judge’s library with amendments to legislation, procedural texts and manuals.
- Supervise and co-ordinate the work of other members of staff as required by the judge and provide training to new staff as required.
- Support the judge in preparing speeches and arranging and attending meetings, collating and distributing information, preparing agenda and taking and drafting minutes.
- Accompany the judge to circuit courts in regional Victoria, arrange accommodation and travel requirements and ensure that all administrative processes and courtroom requirements are in place.
- Carry out all other duties as necessary for the efficient running of the court and the judge’s chambers including the duties of the Junior Associate or Tipstaff in the event they are absent from the Court.
- In collaboration with other members of the office, identify and implement improvements to operational processes and procedures.
- Conducting examinations under Order 41 and 81 of the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2005.
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|Author:||Supreme Court of Victoria|
|Publisher:||Supreme Court of Victoria|
|Date of Publication:||February|
|Copyright:||Supreme Court of Victoria, 2013|