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PROTOCOL - SUPREME COURT JUDGES’ASSOCIATES Adopted by the Judges - 11 February 1999 Amended by the Judges - 13 June 2000 It is noted that Schedule H of the Judges’ Entitlement Handbook deals with Associates and that the Judges have adopted a duty statement for Associates. That duty statement is attached. 1. General Principles Governing Appointment 1.1 In selecting a person for appointment as an associate effect must be given the general principles governing public employment such as appointment on merit, equal opportunity and the avoidance of nepotism. 1.2 Save in exceptional circumstances (as, for example, for a brief period during a temporary vacancy in the office), the Associate selected by the Judge will be a law student or graduate in law and will not be a member of the Judge’ owns family. 1.3 s Members of the Judge’ family are not disqualified from appointment as the Associate of another Judge. However, a Judge considering such an appointment should decide to make it only where it is demonstrable that the candidate is amply qualified, such as his or her being an honours graduate or on track for honours. 2. Applications for the Position of Associate 2.1 The Court Administrator, at least annually, will by letter to University Law Schools, by advertisement in a newspaper circulated throughout the State and on the Supreme Court website call generally for applications for the positions of Supreme Court Judges’Associates. 2.2 Application forms and job descriptions for the position of associate will be available to enquirers from the Court Administrator. 2.3 Applications should be submitted in writing either to the Court Administrator or to a particular Judge. 2.4 The Court Administrator will register and acknowledge receipt of applications noting those which request appointment to a particular Judge or a willingness to work in a particular region and notify the relevant Judge or Judges of those applications. 2.5 Applications forwarded to individual Judges may also be included in this central collection. 3. Selection of an Associate 3.1 Should a Judge consider it desirable having regard to the quantity of applications received, the Court Administrator and a representative of the Court (nominated by the Chief Justice) will make an initial assessment of the applicants. That assessment may involve interviews. 3.2 A prospective appointee will be interviewed by the Judge contemplating his or her appointment. The Judge may elect to have another person, such as the s Judge’ present associate, present at the interview. 3.3 The Judge will notify the Court Administrator of the person to be recommended to the Governor-in-Council for appointment as that Judge’ s associate and the Court Administrator will notify the Attorney-General of that recommendation. 4. Duration of Appointment 4.1 In the usual case appointments will be made for a term of one year which may be extended if the Judge is satisfied with the performance of the associate. Temporary appointments may be made for a period of less than three months to cover an unforeseen vacancy. 4.2 The appointment of an associate may be terminated by the Governor-in-Council on the recommendation of the Judge. An associate’s appointment may be terminated by the Governor-in-Council accepting the s associate’ resignation or for other good reason. 5. s Position of Associates during Judge’ Absence During absences on leave, a Judge should take responsible steps to ensure that the s Associate’ time at work is fully and efficiently occupied. As well as attending to the s continued running of the Judge’ chambers, a plan should be in place. The plan will s require supervision of the Associate’ work by another willing Judge designated for the purpose by the absent Judge (for example, in the Trial Division, the Senior Judge Administrator). It could allow for the Associate to work at times as an Associate in the District Court, or on designated research including the Library, or other projects and the like. 6. Financial Matters 6.1 Associates must not use frequent flyer points, if any, accruing them for official travel for private purposes. They may not claim points for official travel. If any points are nevertheless credited to them for official travel, they may not use them for private purposes. 6.2 Associates will not use or accept Government credit cards. Protocol Supreme Court Judges’ Associates 2 Adopted by the Judges – 11 February 1999 Amended by the Judges – 13 June 2000 Protocol Supreme Court Judges’ Associates 3 Adopted by the Judges – 11 February 1999 Amended by the Judges – 13 June 2000