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Junior Criminal Defence Lawyer - North Shore

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NZ Ministry of Justice
Job Category:
Legal & courts
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Auckland Region
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Posted Date:
03-Dec-2018
Closing Date:
14-Dec-2018
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Job Description

Junior Criminal Defence Lawyer, North Shore Public Defence Service

MOJ/1370329

  • Focus on criminal defence – become an expert in your area of law
  • Enjoy comprehensive professional development programmes and career opportunities
  • Be the voice of justice for our communities' most marginalised people

We are looking for a junior level lawyer who has completed (or is eligible to complete) duty lawyer training and  has obtained or is close to obtaining PAL 1 approval, and who has a strong desire to develop their career in the specialist area of criminal advocacy.  The successful candidate will be joining our team in our North Shore office in Albany.  This is a small team of around nine legal and support staff with clients at the North Shore District Court as well as the higher courts.  As a small team we are particularly good at sharing knowledge and supporting one-another in our busy and genuinely interesting work environment. 

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. 

You will find challenge and satisfaction with a varied caseload, including trials and appearances.  You will have expert and talented colleagues around who will mentor you and support your development to the next level of your career.  The PDS is well known for its comprehensive professional development programme in criminal litigation and is considered an excellent training ground and full of opportunities for a successful legal career.   

To be successful you must be passionate about criminal justice issues and be qualified to practice law in New Zealand.  You will be developing an ability to build credibility with judges, peers and others in the legal community. As an important member of a close-knit team you will enjoy 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. 

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, cover letter and a copy of your academic record.  Applications close on Friday 14 December 2018. 

 

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