$56,820 to $74,690 per month (full-time) / $335 to $440 per hour (part-time), depending on the length of relevant experience of individual candidates (also see “Working hours” below)
(a) Applicants must –
(i) be solicitors or barristers admitted/called in Hong Kong or any other common law jurisdiction and have at least one year post-qualification experience as a solicitor or barrister by 31 August 2015; or
(ii) have previous experience as a Judicial Assistant in the Hong Kong Judiciary;
(b) Applicants must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;
(c) Applicants are expected to have the ability to identify the material issues in complex matters effectively and to articulate that analysis succinctly and accurately, orally and in writing, applying sound legal judgment;
(d) Applicants are expected to have the ability to work under pressure, both as to volume of work and time;
(e) Excellent writing skills are essential; and
(f) Proficiency in Chinese will be a clear asset.
(a) Candidate is required to work on a full-time basis for 44 hours per week and occasionally involving irregular hours.
(b) However, some flexibility may be permitted in respect of candidate who may only be able to work on a part-time basis. For such candidate, he/she is required to work for not less than 24 hours per week and may be required to work irregular hours.
Judicial Associates (General) are to provide assistance in cases and work in the High Court. Priority would be given to cases in the Court of Appeal, although occasionally Judicial Associates would be asked to assist in work in the Court of First Instance. Main duties include -
(a) Assisting judges in the disposal of leave and other paper applications in civil matters;
(b) Conducting legal research and giving advice on matters as assigned by the judges;
(c) At the request of the presiding judge, assisting in long and/or complicated appeals;
(d) Assisting in special projects such as researching on topics relating to judicial manuals, specimen directions and guidance notes, etc.; assisting in the redrafting of such materials; and assisting with research on various legal issues;
(e) Researching and preparing scripts for public speeches, conferences or journal articles;
(f) Preparing Case Bulletins for important appeal cases or decisions of general application on practice and procedure; and
(g) Preparing press summaries of judgments in cases of general public importance (English and Chinese).
Terms of Appointment:
Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for one to two years and the term may be renewable. However, some flexibility may be permitted in respect of some candidates who may have reasonable grounds for starting later or finishing earlier than the normal period of engagement.
(a) For candidate appointed on a full-time basis, a gratuity may be granted upon satisfactory completion of the full contract period. 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.
(b) Gratuity will not be granted for candidate appointed on a part-time basis.
(c) 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. They are not eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service and in the Judiciary. Nor are they eligible for civil service medical and dental benefits.
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.
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 Homepage at http://www.judiciary.gov.hk/en/other_info/recruit_ad.htm. The position will also be posted on the website of the Civil Service Bureau of the Government 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 29 June 2015. Please specify on the envelope ‘Application for Judicial Associate (General)’. 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 and other matters relevant to the position of Judicial Associate (General). (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 the Ming Pao Daily News (30 May 2015 and 6 June 2015)