​The Courts Administration Authority currently employs two full-time Magistrates' Associates. The role of a Magistrates' Associate consists of a wide range of responsibilities and duties to support the Magistracy by:

  • Providing high level legal research advices and opinions on points of law that are related to matters before the court or as a result of a development in the law;
  • Assisting the Magistrates Court Rules Committee which involves reviewing court rules and forms in light of changes to legislation, drafting amendments to rules and forms, and participating in all Committee meetings;
  • Keeping the Magistracy informed and up-to-date with new legislation which involves critically analysing and reporting on Government Gazettes and responding to material provided by Government Departments; and
  • Undertaking projects and contributing to committees to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Magistracy including maintaining internal Benchbooks.

A Bachelor of Laws degree is required to become a Magistrates Associate.  The following levels apply:

  • For appointment at the JUA1 level – un-admitted practitioner
  • For appointment at the JUA2 level – admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of South Australia (i.e. successful completion of a Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Legal Practice)
  • For appointment at the JUA3 level – A minimum of one year’s practising experience as a legal practitioner after being admitted to practise in the State of South Australia.  One year’s practising experience as a legal practitioner may include:
    • a) time spent employed as a legal practitioner at a law firm, or government department (e.g. the Crown or the DPP); or
    • b) time spent working as an associate after the associate has been admitted; or
    • c) a combination of (a) and (b)
  • Time spent employed as a legal practitioner will only count toward the one year’s practising experience where the person held a valid practising certificate in the State of South Australia.  Evidence of practising experience must be provided, by way of a copy of the practising certificate together with a letter from the previous employer confirming the duration of your employment.  One year’s practising experience as a legal practitioner may not include time spent as a clerk at a law firm, government department or chambers.
Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Child Related Employment Screening prior to employment and a National Police Certificate that the CAA finds satisfactory.​

Vacancies are advertised on the IWORKFORSA website. Please refer to this website for any future vacancies that may arise.

If you require further information, please contact the Deputy Principal Registrar, Magistrates Court, on 08 8204 0720.​​​​

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