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Legal and Research Counsel/Advisor - Wellington and Christchurch

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Legal & courts
Wellington Region
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Legal and Research Counsel/Advisor (Coronial Legal and Research) – a unique opportunity to help write judicial decisions and contribute to making New Zealand safer, Based in Wellington and Christchurch


The Ministry of Justice provides a range of justice services around New Zealand. We have more than 3000 people working across 120 locations around the country, all working towards our vision of a safe and just New Zealand.

We are currently seeking an experienced and proactive legal professional to support New Zealand's Chief Coroner, Deputy Chief Coroner and coroners. This is a role where your enthusiasm, initiative and keen eye for detail will be key in providing timely, robust and accurate legal drafting, research and support to New Zealand's coroners.

This role will suit someone who enjoys legal drafting and is hard-working, mature, positive, and process driven.

About the role:

Your day-to-day work will primarily involve assisting coroners in the drafting of findings, as well as conducting legal research if required. By assisting coroners to complete their inquiries into a range of unexpected, unnatural and sudden deaths, you will help make New Zealand a safer society, build working relationships with a unique subset of the judiciary, and be exposed to a fascinating area of law and justice.

The team you will be joining is a medium size with six legal colleagues based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and a legal team manager based in the Office of the Chief Coroner in the Auckland District Court. We are looking for someone who is authentic, respectful and inclusive of difference. You will need to be open to challenging the status quo to continuously improve, while also being able to take direction from your manager and the coroners.

We care about the wellbeing of our employees. We won't expect long days from you but do expect that you work hard and smart and be a problem-solver. We provide access to tools to look after your wellbeing, such as professional counselling and support, and some employee benefits such as subsidised health insurance.

It is critical that you be highly resilient and able to work with sensitive and potentially traumatic material. We help to provide timely closure to families who have lost loved ones to suicide, fatal motor-vehicle collisions and other tragedies. This is not a role to take on lightly. Please expect to explain why it appeals to you and how you manage stress, workload and traumatic material and your ability to work remotely of your wider team.

Skills and experience required:

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • strong interest in legal writing and ability to produce high quality written work
  • excellent communication skills
  • fantastic time-management and self-management skills
  • the ability to work independently while being open to collaboration
  • excellent spelling, grammar and attention to detail
  • high level of resilience and ability to work with sensitive and traumatic material
  • 2 years + PQE
  • Bachelor of Laws degree as a minimum

This is a permanent, full-time position based in Wellington and Christchurch. The salary range for the role is $61,744–$87,167.

How to apply:

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. Please indicate your preferred location (Wellington or Christchurch) in the cover letter. For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.

Applications close on Friday 25 October 2019.



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