2024 Criminal Defence Lawyers, PDS at NZ Ministry of Justice, Multiple Locations
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
Te whiwhinga mahi/The Opportunity
The Public Defence Service (PDS) is looking for Criminal Lawyers to join our committed and professional teams located in our 10 offices across the country. We are seeking applicants at a variety of levels, from Junior Lawyers who have some criminal litigation experience, through to Senior Lawyers with PAL 3 or PAL 4 approval, or the ability to obtain these levels. Having obtained admission to the bar and having, or can gain a NZ practising certificate, is essential.
Working for the PDS you will find challenge and satisfaction with a varied caseload, supportive colleagues, comprehensive professional development and excellent terms and conditions.
Our 10 offices are in Auckland City, Manukau, Waitakere, North Shore, Tauranga, Hamilton, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. If you are interested in joining any of these offices, we want to hear from you.
He pūkenga tou/Skills and Experience
To be successful in this role, you must be passionate about criminal justice and:
- Be comfortable as part of a team who supports and relies on one another
- Enjoy sharing legal expertise, exchanging ideas and brainstorming
- Have empathy and the ability to relate to a wide range of people
- Have a current NZLS Practising certificate
- Have the right to work in New Zealand
Ko wai mātou/Who we are
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. We provide high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. Aimed at helping people access justice, the PDS promotes the MOJ values of respect, integrity, service and the delivery of excellent service to its clients.
As a PDS employee, 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.
Joining Te Tāhū o te Ture means you will become part of an organisation that welcomes and supports people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disabilities and religions.
He aha ngā painga o tēnei mahi mōu/Why you will enjoy working here
We offer you a range of benefits to support your wellbeing and help make the Ministry a great place to be. These include:
- 22 days holiday leave
- flexible work hours where possible
- an online professional development portal
- access to a variety of inclusive and proactive networks
See our full range of benefits here.
With a wide range of jobs, you also get the chance to gain a variety of skills and experience while developing your career.
Tono mai/How to Apply
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We will be reviewing CV's as they come in and inviting successful candidates to interview throughout the advertising process.
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Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
|NZ Ministry of Justice
|Legal & courts
|Position Description - PDS Intermediate Lawyer PAL 3 (1) (1).pdf (PDF, 234KB)
Position Description - PDS Lawyer PAL2 (1) (1).pdf (PDF, 207KB)
Position Description - PDS Lawyer PAL1 (3) (1).pdf (PDF, 223KB)
Position Description - PDS Senior Lawyer (1).pdf (PDF, 209KB)
Position Description - PDS Junior Lawyer - Supervised Provider (2).pdf (PDF, 223KB)
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