EOI called for appointments to the Magistrates Court of the ACT

12 November 2021

The ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury MLA, invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from eligible and suitably qualified people for appointment as a Magistrate of the Magistrates Court of the ACT.  

The Magistrates Court has wide jurisdiction including with respect to criminal, family violence, children’s, civil, industrial, and coronial matters.

Two Magistrate appointments are proposed to be made as soon as possible:

  • One appointment as Magistrate to be the ACT’s first dedicated Coroner, who will exclusively or predominantly exercise the functions and jurisdiction of a Coroner, as arranged by the Chief Magistrate (noting the Chief Magistrate also exercises the duties of Chief Coroner); and
  • One appointment as Magistrate (by virtue of which they are also appointed as a Coroner), who will exercise the functions and jurisdiction of a Magistrate more generally, as arranged by the Chief Magistrate.

This EOI process may be also used to establish an order of merit to support future appointments as Magistrate and Coroner.

Magistrates are not permitted to undertake other employment, except with the written consent of the Attorney-General. 

EOI 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 other culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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

A person is eligible to be appointed as a Magistrate if they have been a lawyer for at least five years and if they are under the age of 70 years.

The selection criteria for these appointments are available for download here.


Remuneration, allowances, and entitlements are set independently by the ACT Remuneration Tribunal. The current determination which sets Magistrates’ remuneration, allowances and entitlements can be accessed here. Conditions are also set out in the Magistrates Court (Conditions of Appointment) Decision 2019. 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 Ms Jennifer McNeill, Deputy Director-General, 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.