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PAL1 or PAL2 Criminal Defence Lawyer Junior/Intermediate, Wellington Public Defence Service


• Focus on criminal defence – be an expert in your area of law

• Enjoy well-designed professional development programmes and career opportunities

• Join a large team of experienced, talented and supportive colleagues

We are looking for a junior or intermediate level lawyer with a speciality in criminal advocacy to join the team in our Wellington office. This is a full time role, however part time or flexible hours can 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. 

You will find challenge and satisfaction with the varied caseload, including high profile cases and the opportunity for High Court and Court of Appeal trials and appearances.  You will have colleagues around you who you can learn from and who will support your development to the next level of your career, and a comprehensive professional development programme.  The work comes to the PDS via Legal Aid and you will be supported by professional administrators.   

To be successful you must be passionate about criminal justice issues and have a PAL 1 or 2 approval level.  You will have confidence in your ability to develop credibility with judges, peers and others in the legal community. As an important member of a close-knit team you will enjoy sharing legal expertise, exchanging ideas and brainstorming - and providing support and light relief when required.  You will 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.  

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.  You never know what each day will bring. I love the rush the job can bring whilst being able to sit and critically think about a legal issue. (Claire)

To apply, complete the application form, attaching your CV and cover letter.  Applications close on Thursday 8 December 2016.