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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 348..


The clearance rate is the number of finalisations in the reporting period divided by the number of lodgements in the same period, multiplied by 100 (to convert to a percentage).

However, clearance times would identify how long a case takes to finalise from the date of lodgment until settlement.

(11) There are no formal qualification requirements for the position of Registrar although historically the position has been held by a person entitled to admission to practice as a legal practitioner by the ACT Supreme Court and is classified as an Executive level position.

There are also no formal qualification requirements for the position of Deputy Registrar. Deputy Registrars range in qualification anywhere from AS03 level to Legal 2 level within the organisation. In some cases they are legally qualified and have been admitted to practice as a legal practitioner by the ACT Supreme Court.

(12) The powers of the Registrar (and Deputy Registrar) are prescribed by the Magistrates Court Act, the Court Procedures Rules 2006 and other territory legislation which sets out these powers.

(13) The Registrar of the Court is appointed by the Attorney General, as the responsible Minister, in accordance with section 9 (1) of the Magistrates Court Act. Deputy Registrars are appointed by the Registrar in accordance with section 9 (2). Deputy Registrars of the Court are appointed as and when the business of the Court dictates. Deputy Registrars have the same powers as the Registrar except where the applicable legislation says otherwise.

(14) The duties and responsibilities of the Registrar of the ACT Magistrates Court have been agreed by the Head of Jurisdiction and the Chief Executive of the Department. The Registrar of the ACT Magistrates Court, in the exercise of his delegated judicial functions, is accountable directly to the Chief Magistrate and Magistrates.

Where other Court staff exercise delegated judicial authority as deputy registrars, their accountability is directly to the Registrar and where any Court staff member requires legal advice in the conduct of their duties they receive that advice from the Registrar. The Registrar is also responsible for the oversight of the content of training and development of staff in the exercise of their delegated judicial functions

* The Registrar also provides advice and briefings for the Attorney General and Chief Executive on matters relevant to the exercise of delegated judicial functions e.g. Ministerials relating to decisions of the Courts, policy considerations impacting on judicial functions, etc.

Disability, Housing and Community Services, Department—activities (Question No 1235)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 18 November 2010:

(1) What launches of programs, events, publications, policies, or other public announcements did the department and any of its agencies organise during 2009-10.


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