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El 2 - Registrar (Family Law)

Federal Court of Australia - Brisbane City, QLD

Legal
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JOB DESCRIPTION

Full Job Description
The Registrar position is multi-faceted and includes:
performing delegated judicial functions at a high level, including presiding in Court, conducting dispute resolution, duty lists, and case management;
case management and triaging of matters at various stages of the litigation pathway;
assisting with the formulation of legal policy within the Courts, including in support of various Court Committees, and with the implementation of policies on a national basis;
playing an important role locally and nationally in delivering the Courts’ reform agenda, together with delivering Government initiatives related to the family law courts; and
liaising with internal and external stakeholders in areas of Registrar practice.

Position Overview
Registrars will undertake a significant proportion of the legal work across both Courts, including
presiding over duty lists, interlocutory disputes (such as subpoena and disclosure disputes), and
undertaking a variety of dispute resolution. Registrars will also play a key role in achieving the Courts’
reforms and in supporting key projects and initiatives, including the:
  • Lighthouse Project operating in the Adelaide, Brisbane and Parramatta registries, with a groundbreaking design to identify risk issues early and to support vulnerable parties;
  • ‘PPP500’ small claims property pilot (aimed at providing an accessible, simplified and quicker way
of resolving family law property disputes with an asset pool of up to $500,000);
  • Discrete Property List (managing and resolving financial disputes);
  • COVID-19 List and other national Registrar-led lists; and
  • Information sharing framework.
The Registrar position is multi-faceted and includes:
 performing delegated judicial functions at a high level, including presiding in Court, conducting
dispute resolution, duty lists, and case management;
 case management and triaging of matters at various stages of the litigation pathway;
 assisting with the formulation of legal policy within the Courts, including in support of various
Court Committees, and with the implementation of policies on a national basis;
 playing an important role locally and nationally in delivering the Courts’ reform agenda, together
with delivering Government initiatives related to the family law courts; and
 liaising with internal and external stakeholders in areas of Registrar practice.
There may also be an opportunity for successful applicants to fulfil the responsibilities of various
coordinating and leadership roles, including working as part of a national team to implement the
structural changes associated with the FCFCOA Act.

Key responsibilities and duties of the position

Performing delegated judicial functions
Registrars will perform statutory duties, powers and functions of a Registrar in the FCoA pursuant to
section 37A of the Family Law Act 1975 and in the FCC pursuant to section 102 of the Federal Circuit
Court Act 1999, (which from 1 September 2021 will be pursuant to sections 98 and 254 of the FCFCOA
Act, respectively), and other legislative instruments, as required.
Registrars will perform delegated judicial functions locally and nationally, including:
  • conducting conciliation conferences and other forms of dispute resolution in both property and
parenting matters, including complex cases;
  • conducting case management of the workload of the Courts, including case management of
various proceedings;
  • carrying out delegated judicial functions in family law matters by way of presiding in Court in
duty lists and other Court based events;
  • for certain regions, undertaking circuits for regional areas (in relation to FCC matters).
Delivering court reform and key initiatives
Registrars will play a central role in helping to deliver court reform and key initiatives. They will need to
show leadership both locally and nationally in the performance of their legal and other duties and
functions, and assisting to drive forward the Courts’ reform agenda. There will be opportunities for
Registrars to perform duties at a national level in support of the Courts’ operational needs in support
of the Chief Justice/Chief Judge and the CEO/PR.
Registrars may also undertake additional national roles and responsibilities, including participating in
case management initiatives within the Court, assisting with the development of coherent and
consistent practice and procedure, analyses of workload, and liaison with, and education of, the
profession.

Internal and external liaison
Registrars will liaise with key internal and external stakeholders in areas of Registrar practice and

procedure and matters of jurisdiction, including with:
  • The Chief Justice/Chief Judge, Judges of both Courts, the CEO/PR, Deputy Principal Registrar,
Executive Director National Registrar Operations, Senior Registrars and Court staff;
  • Relevant Courts, Tribunals and other government agencies;
  • The profession generally, including any relevant User Groups of the Court; and
  • State and National Law Societies and Bar Associations and other key stakeholders.
Registrars will play a key local role in liaison with the legal profession. A key component of this liaison
is to actively seek feedback from local stakeholders in relation to areas of Registrar practice.
Reporting lines and key relationships
The position of Registrar reports on a regular basis to the Regional Coordinating Registrar (day-to-day),
more broadly to the Executive Director National Registrar Operations and Deputy Principal Registrar,
and ultimately to the CEO/PR.
Registrars will be required to engage with a wide variety of key judges and staff, including the Chief
Justice/Chief Judge, judges, the CEO/PR, Senior Registrars and key national operations staff. Registrars
will also liaise with the legal profession and Court users.
Formal Qualifications and Experience
Legal qualifications and admission as a practitioner of the High Court and/or the Supreme Court of a
State or Territory of Australia is essential. Applicants should have:
  • a minimum of 5 years’ post admission experience;
  • considerable experience in family law, including in parenting and financial matters; and
  • a comprehensive understanding of ADR and negotiation frameworks generally, including how
complex mediations and conciliations are undertaken. Training as a mediator with experience in
conducting mediations and/or experience participating in mediations or other dispute resolution
processes, will be considered favourably, but is not mandatory.
The ability to contribute to the formulation of policy and assist with the operational management of the
Courts will be considered favourably.

Selection Criteria

The successful applicants will need to have:
1. The ability to exercise judicial discretion in an appropriate manner: capacity to preside in court and
exercise delegated powers and functions pursuant to section 37A of the Family Law Act 1975 and
section 102 of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 (which from 1 September 2021 will be
pursuant to sections 98 and 254 of the FCFCOA Act, respectively);.
2. Demonstrated experience in civil litigation and practice in superior courts of Australia, with a
thorough understanding of litigation processes and strategies, including key steps in the case
management of matters.
3. Demonstrated experience in, or the ability to conduct, mediations and case management.
4. Demonstrated experience and understanding, or ability to acquire such knowledge quickly, of the
relevant family law legislation; and the jurisdiction and practices and procedures of the FCoA and
family law work in the FCC.
5. Demonstrated ability to critically evaluate large volumes of information, prioritise matters
appropriately and exercise sound judgment in decision-making in a high-pressure environment.
6. Highly developed communication skills, negotiation and interpersonal skills, including the ability to
represent the Courts at a senior level, when interacting with the public and legal profession, and the
ability to influence behaviour and attitudes at all levels.

Agency Overview
These roles sit within the FCoA and the FCC. The Federal Court of Australia entity is the administrative
organisation that engages employees under the Public Service Act 1999 to work in support of one or
more of the following courts or Tribunal: FCoA, FCC; Federal Court of Australia, and the National Native
Title Tribunal. The Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016 established the Federal Court
entity however, each court continues to maintain its distinct statutory identity, with separate functions
and judicial independence. Employees are covered by the Federal Court of Australia Enterprise
Agreement 2018-2021.