Group: 2712 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals
hear legal and other matters in courts and tribunals; interpret, analyse, administer and provide advice on the law; and draft legislation.
researching statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
conducting trials and hearings
calling and questioning witnesses
hearing and evaluating arguments and evidence in civil and criminal summary matters
deciding penalties and sentences within statutory limits, such as fines, bonds and detention, awarding damages in civil matters, and issuing court orders
exercising arbitral powers if resolution is not achieved or seems improbable through conciliation
preparing settlement memoranda and obtaining signatures of parties
advising government of legal, constitutional and parliamentary matters and drafting bills and attending committee meetings during consideration of bills
preparing advice on matters associated with intellectual property rights
advising clients and agents on legal and technical matters
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification and at least five years of relevant experience. Judges require appointment by the government or crown and must have been a Magistrate or an experienced legal practitioner of at least seven years standing. Magistrates must have been a legal practitioner of at least five years standing (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).