Judicial Associate (General), Judiciary (Ref: 44008)

Department: Judiciary

Publish Date: 2021-02-27 00:00:00

Job Title: Judicial Associate (General)

Salary (Monthly): $75265

Salary (Hourly): $N/A

Salary (Daily): $N/A

Entry Requirements:

(a) Applicants must be solicitors or barristers admitted/called in Hong Kong or any other common law jurisdiction and have at least three years’ post-qualification experience as a solicitor or barrister by 30 April 2021;

(b) Applicants must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;

© 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.


Judicial Associates (General) are to provide assistance in civil cases and legal research work in the Judiciary. Priority would be given to civil cases in the High Court although occasionally Judicial Associates (General) would be asked to assist in the work of other levels of court and legal research on matters relating to the administration of the Judiciary. Main duties include -

(a) Assisting judges in the disposal of civil matters, including non-refoulement claims applications;

(b) Conducting legal research and providing assistance on matters as assigned by the judges;

© At the request of the presiding judge, assisting in long and/or complicated cases;

(d) Assisting in special projects such as researching on topics relating to judicial manuals, specimen directions and guidance notes, and assisting in the redrafting of such materials;

(e) Preparing Case Bulletins for important cases or decisions of general application on practice and procedure;

(f) Researching and preparing scripts for public speeches, conferences or journal articles;

(g) Preparing press summaries of judgments in cases of general public importance (English and Chinese); and

(h) Assisting judges and judicial officers and the Judiciary Administration with research on various legal issues on matters relating to the administration of the Judiciary.

Terms of Appointment:

(a) Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms.

(b) Appointees on full-time appointment will be appointed for 1-2 years & the term may be renewable at the Judiciary’s discretion. Some flexibility may be permitted in respect of candidates who may have reasonable grounds for starting later or finishing earlier than the normal period of engagement. They are required to work for 44 hours per week & occasionally irregular hours.

© Appointees on part-time appointment will be appointed for 3 years & the term may be renewable at the Judiciary’s discretion. They will be required to work as & when needs arise during the term of appointment, subject to their availability, expertise & relevant experience. In general, they are expected to work for a consecutive period of no less than 1 month initially & for specific period(s) thereafter on a need basis. They are required to work on a half-daily (4 hours) basis & may be required to work irregular hours.

General Notes:

1. Judicial Associates (General) on full-time appointment should not take up any other form of legal work such as legal practice in the private sector and legal service in the Government and any other public organisation during the period of employment as Judicial Associate (General), including not appearing in any case in court or tribunal and offering legal advice as in-house counsel or to clients.

2. Judicial Associates (General) on part-time appointment should not appear in any case in court or tribunal during the period(s) of their work as specified by the Judiciary.

  1. As an Equal Opportunities employer, the Judiciary is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirements irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.

  2. Non-civil service contract 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 Judiciary and the Civil Service. 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. Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the Judiciary may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the selection interview.

  5. 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. Candidates who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other candidates whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Judiciary’s policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau’s website at http://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.

  6. Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the Judiciary’s personal data policies. For correction of or access to the data after submission of applications, please write to the Senior Judiciary Executive (Judges and Judicial Officers) 3 at 3/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong.

    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 Hong Kong Judiciary - Recruitment Advertisement. The position will also be posted on the GovHK at http://www.gov.hk.

    Candidates should indicate in their application forms whether they will be able to take up full-time appointment remunerated on a monthly basis or part-time appointment remunerated on a half-daily basis if selected for the position.

Completed application forms should reach the Corporate Services Division of the Judiciary Administration, 3/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong not later than 29 March 2021. 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.

Enquiry Address:

Corporate Services Division of the Judiciary Administration, 3/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong.

Enquiry Telephone: 2867 2200

Application Start Date: 2021-02-27 00:00:00

Application End Date: 2021-03-29 18:00:00