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Job Number: 42067
Department: Judiciary 
Division/Section/Unit: Corporate Services Division 
Job Title: Judicial Associate (General) 
Salary: $71,520 to $85,770 per month, depending on the length of relevant experience of individual candidates 
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 31 October 2019;

(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. 
Note: Working hours: Candidate, whether on longer-term or short-term appointment, is required to work on a full-time basis for 44 hours per week and occasionally involving irregular hours. 
Duties: 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, in particular the Court of Appeal, 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 leave and other paper applications in civil matters, including non-refoulement claims applications;

(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.; and assisting in the redrafting of such materials;

(e) Preparing Case Bulletins for important appeal 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: Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms. Candidates should indicate in their application forms whether they will be able to take up longer-term and /or short-term appointment if selected for the position. For longer-term appointments, successful candidates will be appointed for one to two years and the term may be renewable at the Judiciary’s discretion. 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. Successful candidates who are able to take up short-term appointment will be retained in a list, and may be offered or re-offered short-term appointment(s) with employment period(s) ranging from three months to less than one year in aggregate at a time as and when needs arise. Such list for short-term appointments will lapse upon the launch of the next recruitment exercise for this short-term position. 
Fringe Benefits (a) The appointee will be subject to the provisions of the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) Schemes Ordinance and will be required to make employee’s contribution to a MPF Scheme.

(b) For longer-term appointments of one to two years, a gratuity may be granted upon satisfactory completion of the full contract period. Such gratuity plus any contribution made by the Government to a 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. Gratuity will not be granted for short-term appointments.

(c) Other fringe benefits, where appropriate, will be granted in line with the provisions of the Employment Ordinance. 
General Notes: 1. On appointment, Judicial Associates (General) appointed on a longer-term of one to two years 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. For Judicial Associates (General) appointed on short-term basis with period(s) of employment of less than one year in aggregate at a time, they should not appear in any case in court or tribunal during the period(s) of employment as Judicial Associate (General).

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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 https://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 https://www.judiciary.hk/en/other_information/recruit_ad.html. The position will also be posted on the GovHK at https://www.gov.hk.

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 30 September 2019. 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 
Closing Date(dd/mm/yyyy): 30/09/2019 18:00:00 
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s): South China Morning Post and the Ming Pao Daily News (10 and 17 August 2019) 
Web Site of Department: https://www.judiciary.hk 
Application via Internet: Not Applicable 
Advertising Date 10/08/2019