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Junior Criminal Defence Lawyer - Waitakere

Employer:
NZ Ministry of Justice
Job Category:
Legal & courts
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Auckland Region
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Posted Date:
14-Jun-2019
Closing Date:
25-Jun-2019
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Job Description.pdf (PDF, 166KB)
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Job Description

Junior Criminal Defence Lawyer, Waitakere Public Defence Service

MOJ/1403802

  • 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 junior level or close to obtaining PAL 1 approval lawyers, for the Waitakere Public Defence Service. They should have a strong desire to develop their careers in the specialist area of criminal advocacy.  The successful candidates will be joining the Waitakere team, which is based in Henderson, this is a supportive and welcoming team of around 25 legal and support staff, with a range of experience. The office provides an opportunity to develop and share your criminal defence skills in a busy and sometimes challenging environment but supportive 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)

Salary range:  $51,335- $72,473

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 and a copy of your academic record. 

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

Applications close on Tuesday 25 June 2019.

 

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