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Local Court Judge

Permanent appointment

Expressions of interest are invited for appointment as a Judge of the Local Court in the Northern Territory. Applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements specified in s53(2) of the Local Court Act (NT). Beyond those minimum requirements, candidates are expected to have extensive legal experience and enjoy high standing in the legal profession.

Local Court Judges exercise jurisdiction in criminal, civil, child protection, work health and coronial matters. Local Court Judges hold appointment to age 72. The position comes with an attractive remuneration package and further details are available on request.

Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria for Local Court Judges which can be found on the Local Court website. Applicants should outline their experience in the use of digital technology and electronic case management systems. The appointee will also be required to travel to bush courts and travel in light aircraft.

There are Local Court Judges based in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. The appointee is expected to be initially based in Darwin but may be directed to sit in other centres in the future. Section 22(2) of the Local Court Act provides that a Local Court Judge may be directed as to the place in the Territory where he or she is to perform his or her duties, and any appointment is made subject to that statutory condition.

All expressions of interest must include full particulars of qualifications and experience and include a completed ‘Questionnaire and Consent’ form, which can also be obtained from the website. All completed documentation should be sent by email to Mr Chris Cox, Executive Director, Justice Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Closing date: 30 September 2022

Last modified: 13/09/2022 11:25 AM

Office details

Office: 3/6 Lindsay St. Darwin NT 0800
Post: GPO Box 2388 Darwin NT 0801
ABN: 62 208 314 893


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Telephone: (08) 8981 5104