(a) Applicants should possess a Law Degree with Second Class Honours in the upper division or above, or the equivalent, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws. They should also be about to embark on pupillage or traineeship, or be in the course of or have completed the same, but generally should not have more than two years’ post-qualification experience. It may be noted that greater flexibility has been introduced by making candidates eligible before completion of pupillage or a traineeship.
(b) Proficiency in Chinese would be a clear asset.
(c) Applicants must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Separate schemes for Court of Final Appeal and Court of Appeal of the High Court: Candidates should note that starting from this year the Court of Appeal of the High Court will conduct a separate recruitment exercise for a new scheme of assistants for that court. Details of that recruitment exercise will be advertised later this year.
To provide assistance to appellate judges in the Court of Final Appeal in researching points of law, analysing and writing memoranda on appeals and leave applications, preparing memoranda on legal points, assisting with other work of the court, including the preparation of press summaries and fact summaries of appeals, as well as the preparation of notes relating to judges’ external speaking engagements and participation in legal conferences. Judicial Assistants may also be required to upload and maintain content published on the court’s website and to assist in preparing specimen directions, case bulletins and publications in relation to judicial education. Specifically in 2015, their duties will include assisting visiting final appellate judges from overseas jurisdictions during the Judicial Colloquium to be held in Hong Kong.
Terms of Appointment:
Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for 12 months. However, some flexibility may be permitted in respect of candidates who are completing or wish to commence post-graduate studies or who may have other similar reasonable grounds for a shorter duration of appointment.
A gratuity may be granted if the contract is satisfactorily completed with consistently satisfactory standard of performance and conduct. Such gratuity plus any contribution made by the Government to a Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) Scheme in respect of an appointee as required by the MPF Schemes Ordinance, will be equal to 10% of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period. Other fringe benefits, where appropriate, will be granted in line with the provisions of the Employment Ordinance.
1. The Judiciary is an Equal Opportunities employer and is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination against disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race in the recruitment process.
2. Non-civil service positions are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Judiciary and Civil Service.
3. The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
4. It is the Judiciary’s policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria.
5. Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the above enquiry address.
How to apply:
Application forms are available at the Information Counter on the ground floor of the High Court Building or from the General Offices of the District Court, Lands Tribunal, Labour Tribunal, Small Claims Tribunal and Magistrates’ Courts. The form can also be downloaded from the Judiciary’s website at http://www.judiciary.gov.hk/en/other_info/recruit_ad.htm. The position will also be posted on the Civil Service Bureau’s website at http://www.csb.gov.hk. Completed application forms should reach the Corporate Services Division of the Judiciary, Room LG 242A, LG2/F, High Court Building, 38 Queensway, Hong Kong not later than 13 March 2015. Please specify on the envelope ‘Application for Judicial Assistant (Court of Final Appeal)’. Candidates should state clearly in their application forms the nature of work and their working experience in the relevant field.
Candidates should also provide the name and contact details (i.e. email address/correspondence address and telephone number) of one or two referees. The referee(s) named should be able to comment at first hand on the candidates’ abilities as a lawyer/trainee lawyer and other matters relevant to the post of Judicial Assistant (Court of Final Appeal). (Note: Applications which are incomplete, late, not duly signed or without copies of required documents will not be considered.) Applicants who are not invited for interview within three months from the closing date may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.
Corporate Services Division, the Judiciary, Room LG 242A, LG2/F, High Court Building, 38 Queensway, Hong Kong
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
South China Morning Post and Ming Pao Daily News (14/2/2015 and 28/2/2015)