Special Magistrates of the Magistrates Court of the Australian Capital Territory

  • ACT Government
  • ACT, Australia
  • 12 Nov, 2021
Full time Legal Services

Job Description

Classification: Special Magistrates
Position No: Special Magistrates of the Magistrates Court of the Australian Capital Territory
Directorate: Independent Statutory Offices including boards, tribunals and committees
Advertised (Gazettal date): 12 November 2021

The Attorney-General of the Australian Capital Territory, Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, invites expressions of interest from eligible and suitably qualified people for appointment as Special Magistrates of the Magistrates Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Expressions of interest are sought to establish an order of merit for appointment as Special Magistrate. Multiple candidates may be identified through this process as suitable to hold the position of Special Magistrate. The term of appointment as a Special Magistrate will be negotiated on appointment, but may be up to 5 years in duration. During this appointment term, the Special Magistrate will work on ad hoc occasions to cover leave arrangements and additional listing requirements as needed.

Applicants should note that as Special Magistrates generally work on ad hoc occasions, there is no guarantee of any particular type or frequency of work.

Expressions of interest are sought from all areas of the legal community including the private sector, government and community sector. Women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ, and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Previous judicial experience will be well regarded. Successful candidates may be identified based on their application and referee reports only.

Information regarding eligibility, selection criteria and the personal particulars form may be obtained from jobs.act.gov.au.

The ACT Magistrates Court has jurisdiction to hear and determine civil and criminal cases across an extensive range of matters including:

  • offences under the criminal law;
  • applications for family violence, personal and workplace protection orders;
  • civil debt and damages; and
  • commercial tenancies.

The Court’s jurisdiction also includes the Coroner’s Court, the Children’s Court, the Industrial Court, and the Galambany and Warrumbul Circle Sentencing Courts.


Special Magistrates are appointed by the ACT Executive following consultation with the Chief Magistrate.

A person is eligible to be appointed as a Special Magistrate if they are under the age of seventy years.


Remuneration, allowances and entitlements are set independently by the ACT Remuneration Tribunal. The current determination which sets Special Magistrates remuneration, allowances and entitlements can be accessed here. Other terms and conditions may be set by the Executive at the time of appointment.

Enquiries and Expressions of Interest

Written expressions of interest addressing the selection criteria, a current curriculum vitae and the personal particulars form should be emailed to judicialappointment@act.gov.au.

General inquiries should be directed to Jennifer McNeill, Deputy Director-General, Justice, of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, by email to judicialappointment@act.gov.au or on (02) 6205 3504.

Expressions of interest close on 12 December 2021. Late applications may be accepted at the selection panel’s discretion.

Job Closing Date

12 Dec, 2021