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National Magistrates Orientation Program 2019


2–6 Sep 2019


Brisbane, QLD




Magistrates Only

National Magistrates Orientation Program 2019

“The course was highly relevant, fast paced and very engaging.”[2018]

This program, open to magistrates within 18 months of their appointment, aims to provide new magistrates with the knowledge and skills to facilitate their transition to a role at the magisterial bench.

This five day program has been designed by an organising committee of experienced magistrates with the primary objective of assisting newly appointed magistrates with their transition the bench. There is a strong emphasis in the program on providing participants with an opportunity to practice their craft in a collegiate and supportive environment. This is balanced with the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts on topics such as Family & Domestic Violence, Vexatious Litigants in Person, Cultural Barriers etc. Participants have an opportunity to explore their own magisterial style as well as benefit from the thoughts and experience of their peers and seasoned facilitators at the program.

The program runs annually in Brisbane. Tentative dates for 2019 are Monday 2nd to Friday 6th September. Click the button above to express your interest in attending this program.

Feedback to the 2018 program:

“The presenters were fantastic. They are to be commended for their willingness to share … and their ability to provide such positive and helpful feedback. The culture was extremely supportive.” 

“I enjoyed all the sessions, especially the role plays in Court. Having the opportunity to receive constructive criticism from the facilitators and my peers was very helpful and rewarding.”

 “The practical sessions on ex tempore judgments and difficult litigants [were of most value to me], because these enabled me to work on areas of concern for me. I was also able to gauge that I was performing as expected amongst my peers, which was validating feedback.”


Planning Committee Members

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I register for this program?

Registration for this program is electronic via the REGISTER button on this website.

2. What are the costs to attend this program?

The cost for this program is $3700 which includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as well as morning tea and lunch on Wednesday and Friday.

3. How is my participation confirmed?

Your registration is not confirmed until you have completed your online registration and payment of the registration fee has been received.

The College will not hold places in the program once the registration period opens.

4. Is it possible to make arrangements for special requirements, including dietary or other?

Yes, provided the College has sufficient notice to arrange it.  There is a space on the registration form for you to note these requirements.  Please be aware that dependent on the request, the participant may be required to bear extra costs.

5. Does the College organise travel and accommodation arrangements for program participants?

No, individual participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation.

6. When should I book my flights?

The registration desk will open at 8:30am on Monday 3rd September with the program commencing at 8:45am. The last program session on Friday 7th September concludes at 1:15pm and will be followed by lunch.

The College does not publicly advertise the location of its programs. Participants will be advised of the program venue via the Participant Information Guide which will be distributed closer to the date. Please note that the program venue is an approximate 30 to 40 minute drive to the airport.

You will need to factor in the programs official open/close, local traffic issues and airline terms and conditions of arrival to estimate how much time you need to allow for arrival/departure.

The Committee asks that you do not leave the program before it has concluded.


7. Will I need to pay for parking at the venue?

Yes.  You will be responsible for any parking costs.

8. If I am unable to attend the program is the fee refunded to my court?

Please see our Terms & Conditions.

9. What is the dress code for attendance at College programs?

Smart casual unless otherwise advised.

10. Will I have access to the internet whilst attending the program?

Most venues provide access to the internet.  At some programs, the NJCA may have organised free access.  The program Participant Information Guide will inform you of the arrangements for the program you are attending.

11. Are partners welcome at evening functions?

Yes, but this will depend on venue capacity and payment will be required in advance for partner attendance at functions. Further information will be provided in the Participant Information Guide.

12. Can partners attend sessions at programs?


13. Will I need to bring an electronic device such as a laptop with me?

The College encourages participants to bring their laptop or any other suitable electronic device to access materials at programs.

There are some sessions for which you will be required to have an electronic device.  You will be advised in advance of the program, on which days this is the case.

14. Will I receive hard copy materials?

The College may provide session handouts at programs; however, all other materials including the participants manual is available electronically.

15. Will I need to submit any documents to meet with course requirements?

Some programs send out a pre-program questionnaire or ask that you submit a written judgment. The Program Manager will advise of such requirements in advance of the program.

16. Where can I get help?

Contact the NJCA administration team, email: