The Department of Attorney General and Justice advertises vacancies on the jobs.nsw website. This site contains all of the information you will require to apply for a vacancy in the Department.
Further information about employment opportunities and applying for vacancies in the Department is also available at Your Career with the Department of Attorney General and Justice.
Legal tipstaves provide a high level of legal research and administrative support to judges in the Equity and Common Law Division and to judges in the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court also employs eight legal researchers on an annual basis.
Legal tipstaves and researchers in the Supreme Court of NSW conduct often complex legal research on behalf of judges. This would generally involve a detailed analysis of case law and an examination of legal developments in areas where precedents may not be well defined. These skills may be used in drafting background papers and assisting judicial officers in their work.
The Office of the Chief Justice can also accept applications on an ongoing basis for the position of Judicial Clerk/Research Director.
The day to day functions of the modern Supreme Court of NSW are fast paced and demanding. Tipstaves will be expected to possess highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, proficiency in the use of IT and be able to professionally display tact, confidentiality and confidence in their interactions with court users, practitioners, the judiciary and other court staff.
Salary and other terms and conditions of employment are determined by the Attorney General of NSW.
Tipstaves at the Supreme Court of NSW may accompany their judges to regional circuit locations within NSW, including Orange, Wollongong, Newcastle, Lismore, Goulbourn and Wagga Wagga.
Period of appointment
Tipstaves are generally appointed for a period of one year.
Submitting your application
Applications should be made early in the year before the appointment is to take effect, preferably no later than 30 March in that year. Interviews are usually conducted in April and May, with the successful applicant commencing work in late January the following year.
Positions as tipstaves or researchers are extremely popular and therefore highly competitive. Candidates applying for positions are expected to display the following skills and attributes:
highly developed legal research, conceptual and analytical skills
excellent organisational skills
strong interpersonal skills
high level computer and keyboard skills.
Each judge’s chambers operates individually. Applicants are strongly recommended to contact the chambers of individual judges for specific information relating to applying for the tipstaff position with that judge. Please refer to the Contact Us pages for contact details.
Law graduates applying for tipstaff or researcher positions are expected to have a strong academic record in their law studies. Highly developed legal research skills and involvement in extracurricular activities or voluntary work in legal areas are also highly desirable.
If you wish to apply for a position as a tipstaff or researcher, please forward a covering letter (outlining your interest in the role) accompanied by your Curriculum Vitae and academic results addressed to:
Judicial Staff Coordinator
Supreme Court of NSW Law Courts Building
Level 4 184 Phillip St, Sydney 2000
GPO Box 3
Telephone: (02) 9230 8100
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Attn: Judicial Staff Coordinator)
Applicants seeking tipstaff positions with a particular judge are advised to apply directly to his or her Honour's chambers.
Applications will remain with the Supreme Court for a period of 12 months only.