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Junior and Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyers Wellington

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Junior and Intermediate Lawyers, Wellington Public Defence Service


  • Significant time in court and running trials
  • Focus on criminal defence – become an expert in your area of law
  • Enjoy comprehensive professional development programmes and career opportunities

We are looking for junior (PAL 1 approved) and intermediate level (PAL 2) lawyers who have completed (or are eligible to complete) duty lawyer training, and who have a strong desire to develop their career in the specialist area of criminal advocacy.  This is a great time to join New Zealand's largest criminal law practice without compromising on opportunities for interesting work, professional development, and a genuinely collegial environment.  These are full time positions, however part time or flexible hours will be considered.

The Public Defence Service (PDS) is New Zealand's largest criminal law practice, providing high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. Aimed at helping people access justice, the PDS promotes the values of respect, integrity, service and the delivery of excellent service to its clients.  In this role you are the voice of some of the most marginalised people in the criminal justice system.

We are a collegial and professional office with around 27 legal and support staff working in a busy environment with variety and challenge, and you will be joining an experienced and supportive team in the coolest little city in the world.

To be successful and enjoy this work you must be passionate about criminal justice issues and:

  • have the ability to build credibility with judges, peers and others in the legal community
  • be comfortable to be part of a team who support and rely on one-another
  • have empathy and the ability to relate to a wide range of people
  • have a valid New Zealand practicing certificate or be eligible for admission through the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997

This is a challenging but truly satisfying job and our lawyers love what they do.

As an employee of the PDS you will have access to a well-designed and embedded national training programme, professional development and opportunities to attend conferences, along with access to a professional supervision programme. The PDS is part of the Ministry of Justice and the wider justice sector.  The ministry provides centralised business services, infrastructure and support to the work of the PDS.

There is always something new to learn which contributes positively to my experience as a Junior Lawyer, this is due to the variety of cases that PDS undertake and the supervision and support that is available to us. PDS is a fantastic training ground for new lawyers. (Sophia)

To apply, complete the application form, attaching your CV and cover letter.  Applications close Sunday 1 October 2017.



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