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Junior Criminal Defence Lawyer - Christchurch

Employer:
NZ Ministry of Justice
Job Category:
Legal & courts
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Region:
Christchurch
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Posted Date:
04-Dec-2019
Closing Date:
05-Jan-2020
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Job Description.pdf (PDF, 208KB)
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Job Description

Junior Criminal Defence Lawyer, Christchurch Public Defence Service

MOJ/1436777

We are looking for junior lawyers with a speciality in criminal advocacy, holding a duty lawyer listing would be optimal but is not essential, to join the team in our central Christchurch office in early 2020.  As a team of around 26 legal and support staff we enjoy a busy and varied workplace and we work well as a team, supporting one-another and sharing knowledge and experience.

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.  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 must have been admitted to the Bar. 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:  $51,849 - $73,198

The Ministry of Justice is committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures. All staff - regardless of gender, race, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs have access to equal employment opportunities, in recruitment, training and career opportunities and conditions of employment.

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 and a copy of your academic record. 

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

Applications close on Sunday 5 January 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact recruitment@justice.govt.nz

 

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