find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
New academy to improve court management

New academy to improve court management


In an Australian first, Victoria University has launched a Courts and Tribunals Academy specifically to address professional development of court staff.

The academy will be headed by former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon (pictured), who is an adjunct professor at the university and the chair of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.

Speaking with Lawyers Weekly, Ms Roxon said the new academy would help the courts be as effective as possible with the resources available and create a space to research best practice.

“I think everybody in the legal community – but also the broader community that interacts with the court system – knows how much pressure the courts are under,” she said.

“We see this as an opportunity to fill that gap and to help find ways to ease the pressures on the court system and the community that uses the courts.”

Ms Roxon said it has been publicly reported in the media that people interacting with the courts have been experiencing delays and access to justice issues.

“It is not that there is a particular crisis point,” she said. “It is just that [there are] growing pressures on many of our public institutions, and the courts have often found it difficult to respond.

“They are often constrained by government spending and this is a way to try to upskill people to make sure that the people and resources that are in the courts are able to be as effective as they possibly can be.”

Ms Roxon said the university hopes the new academy will make a difference by offering a specific program to train up staff through a new Graduate Diploma in Court and Tribunal Management.

“This is really to look at all the staff that support the work of judges within the courts from registrars to interpreters to business management/IT staff,” she said.

The academy will also contain a research arm to look at examples of court management practices that have been successful around the world.

One of the areas of focus will be the implementation of technology in the court system.

Ms Roxon said the intention was not to “re-create the wheel” but rather to “piggyback off” innovations in other government entities, such as Centrelink or Medicare, or in the private sector.

“I think it is fair to say that everybody has been struggling with technology, whether you are a large private business or whether you are a court,” said Ms Roxon.

“I do think – this is a personal view – that some of the traditions of the legal system have made it harder for people to embrace technology.

“I bring a particular perspective to this as a past health minister […] because you can go into any hospital around the country and see the amazing technological advances right in front of you. You don't always see that so obviously in the court system.”

Like this story? Subscribe to our free newsletter and receive Lawyers Weekly every day straight to your inbox. 

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

New academy to improve court management
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 23 2017
How to fail well
The legal profession is due for an attitude adjustment when it comes to perceived failures, accordin...
Oct 23 2017
Lawyers slam rushed consultation for SA repeat offenders bill
The Law Society of South Australia has expressed concern for a proposal to roll out new laws amendin...
Oct 23 2017
The pursuit of happiness in the law
A panel of legal experts have explored how to define success in the legal profession, and how lawyer...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...