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Expressions of interest are sought for a Judicial Registrar position in the Criminal Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Honourable Anne Ferguson, seeks expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a Judicial Registrar of the Supreme Court. 

Judicial Registrars are members of the Court, appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, who exercise delegated judicial functions. All expressions of interest are treated confidentially.

The Criminal Division of the Court hears criminal trials in serious indictable matters, predominantly homicides and homicide-related matters.  

The Division also hears applications for bail, and applications under the following Acts: 

  • Bail Act 1977, 
  • Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997, 
  • Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004, 
  • Serious Offenders Act 2018, 
  • Surveillance Devices Act 1999, 
  • Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003, 
  • Witness Protection Act 1991, 
  • Surveillance Devices Act 1999 and 
  • The Sentencing Act 1991.

The Division also hears some appeals from the Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts. 

The Division is seeking to appoint a second Judicial Registrar-Criminal Division, who will be responsible for: 

  • Supporting the Principal Judge of the Criminal Division in the management and listing of criminal matters in the Division; 
  • Conducting s 198B examinations for fast-track matters;
  • Conducting settlement conferences; and 
  • Implementing reform initiatives in consultation with the Division. 

The Judicial Registrar will exercise judicial authority pursuant to Part 3 of Order 4 of the Supreme Court (Criminal Procedure) Rules 2017 including the conduct of mentions and directions hearings and making orders under the Criminal Procedure Act 2009

Other duties

Judicial Registrars may be assigned further duties by the Chief Justice from time to time including:

  • Undertaking the specialist duties of another Judicial Registrar in their absence;
  • Leading or being a member of internal or external committees; and
  • Leading or participating in Court reform projects.

The position requires a legally qualified (admitted for not less than 5 years), highly motivated leader with outstanding professional experience and demonstrated understanding of court processes. It also requires superior communication skills, and the ability to make timely decisions according to law.  Experience and expertise in the conduct of indictable trial matters, particularly in the Supreme Court, is highly desirable.

The position is located in Melbourne.  Further information is available at www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au. Enquiries can be made to Ms Viv Macgillivray on 0433 323 346.

Expressions of interest, marked ‘Private and Confidential’, may be forwarded to:

The Honourable Chief Justice Anne Ferguson
Supreme Court of Victoria
210 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Or sent by email to: Ms Viv Macgillivray, Executive Associate to the Chief Justice at ivi.znptvyyvienl@fhcpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocpus@yarvilligcam.viv

All Expressions of Interest must be received by no later than close of business on 15 June 2021.