Nominations and applications for occupational licensing court assessors are now open.
The occupational licensing Acts require the Minister of Consumer and Business Services to establish panels of court assessors to sit with the Magistrates Court or District Court in certain civil and disciplinary proceedings.
Court assessors will be appointed under the following legislative streams:
- Building Work Contractors Act 1995
- Second-hand Vehicle Dealers Act 1995
- Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995
- Land Agents Act 1994
- Land Valuers Act 1994
- Conveyancers Act 1994
- Security and Investigation Industry Act 1995
There are two types of court assessors:
• Industry court assessors – are qualified and experienced in their nominated occupation and trade. They must be registered as a licence holder under a particular occupation. They provide to the court their expertise, knowledge of industry jargons and best practices.
• Consumer court assessors – represent people who are likely to deal with occupational tradespeople. They provide to the Court a consumer’s point of view about a particular trade.
A court assessor must:
• be ethical
• be able to clearly express themselves
• be able to conduct themselves with decorum in a court environment
• declare if there are any conflicts of interest before assisting a judge in a matter.
The court assessor’s role
Court assessors sit with the Court and provide relevant and impartial evidence about their trade expertise – building, conveyancing, real estate, land valuing, electrical, plumbing, gas fitter and security and investigation.
Assessors can help a judge in court proceedings by providing knowledge and technical evidence about the workings and practices of a particular trade.
Court assessors should never mislead the Court or become an advocate for their particular trade.
Court assessors may disagree with or fail to reach the same conclusion as the judge. The Court will reach its own conclusion, after considering the opinions and evidence of the court assessor.
Nomination and appointment
Nomination and application will commence 01 August 2017 and close 01 September 2017 at 11.59 pm.
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
- up-to-date curriculum vitae/resume
- letter of support from their relevant trade association
- identity verification documents for police screening clearance.
Court assessors are considered political appointments. Both new and re-nominated applicants may be required to undergo a police screening clearance and must consent to a police check to be conducted by the South Australian Police.
Nominators and supporters
As Court Assessors seek to represent their various trades, it is crucial that the applicant has the confidence of its representative body. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek support from their occupation or trade representative organisations when applying to be a court assessor. A letter of support from (but not limited to) the following organisations is strongly encouraged:
|Occupation/ Trade||Organisation||Contact number|
|Australian Property Institute (API)||(08)
|Land Valuers||Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)||(02)
|Electricians||National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA)||(08)
|Plumbers||Plumbing Industry Association of SA Inc (PIASA)||(08)
|Electricians, Plumbers||Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union, SA
|Gas Fitters||Australian Pipeline Gas Group (APA)||(08)
|Building Work Contractors||Housing Industry Association of SA (HIASA)||(08)
|Gas Fitters||Transport Workers Union (TWU)||(08)
|Building Work Contractors||Master Builders Association (MBA)||(08)
|Second-Hand Vehicle Dealers||Motor Trade Association of South Australia (MTA)||(08)
|Second-Hand Vehicle Dealers||Australian Automobile Dealers Association (AADA)||(02)
|Security Staff||Australian Security Industry Association (ASIAL)||(02)
|Security Staff||National Security Association of Australia (SA) Inc. (NSAASA)||(07)
Contact Paul Louis Liew of CBS Regulatory Services at email@example.com or at 08 8226 8593.