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Senior Criminal Defence Lawyer

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Auckland Region
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Senior Criminal Defence Lawyer, Manukau Public Defence Service


We are looking for a Senior Lawyer – Team Leader, with a speciality in criminal advocacy, to join the team in the largest of the PDS offices - with around 65 legal and support staff.  We have clients at the Manukau, Papakura and Pukekohe District Courts, as well as the higher courts.  It is a busy and sometimes demanding environment with variety and challenge and you will join a diverse and supportive team in one of the fastest growing communities in the country. 

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. 

To qualify you must be passionate about criminal justice issues and:

  • have a PAL 3 or 4 approval level and be qualified to practice law in New Zealand
  • have proven 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
  • enjoy sharing legal expertise, exchanging ideas and brainstorming
  • have empathy and the ability to relate to a wide range of people

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

You will lead a team of up to six lawyers and have a caseload of varied criminal work - including high profile and challenging cases, High Court and Court of Appeal appearances. You will also be involved in training, mentoring and supervising junior PDS lawyers.  Our work comes to us via Legal Aid and we make sure that you are supported by an experience administrative team - meaning you can focus on doing what you do best. 

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. 

Salary range:  $119,000 - $140,000

To apply, click the Apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description at the site, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.

Applications close on Sunday 17 February 2019. 



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