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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. Click the button above to register for 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.”


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Frequently Asked Questions

How is my participation confirmed?

You will receive an email and invoice once your registration is received and payment confirmed.

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.

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

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

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

Please see our Terms & Conditions.

What is the dress code for attendance at College programs?

Smart casual unless otherwise advised.

Do I pay for incidental expenditure at the hotel?

You will pay for this on checkout.

Please note that most hotels require an imprint of your credit card when checking in, to cover incidental expenditure that is individually occurred.

Can I bring my partner?

Accommodation providers may charge a room service fee. Such costs must be borne by the participant.

Your partner is most welcome to attend one of the dinners with you. The cost for this is $120 which will be invoiced to you via email.

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.


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.

Will I need to submit any documents?

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.

Where can I get help?

Contact the NJCA administration team: