Senior Criminal Lawyer – Fixed Term – 6 Months – Lawfuel


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The Public Defence Service (PDS) is New Zealand’s largest criminal law practice, led by highly experienced criminal lawyers. We are currently seeking a Senior Lawyer to join the team based in Manukau.

The PDS has a commitment to providing independent, high quality, timely legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases, including providing professional leadership of the duty lawyer service.

Reporting to the Deputy Public Defender, Manukau, your enthusiasm and skills will contribute to the delivery of high quality defence services within the South Auckland Courts. You must be an experienced criminal litigator, with a PAL 3 or 4 approval (or the eligibility to obtain this within a short time frame). You will have strong advocacy skills, will be able to work in a team, relate well to people from diverse backgrounds and be able to manage a personal caseload, largely comprised of jury trial work.

This is a great opportunity to grow your experience and advance your legal career within a collegial and supportive team environment. The South Auckland Courts are one of the busiest court clusters in the country, offering a varied criminal caseload, including high profile and challenging cases. This position also involves regular High Court trials and appearances.

A significant part of this role will include mentoring and leading your own team of junior and intermediate lawyers. Develop your leadership skills and managerial experience, and gain satisfaction from contributing to the development of criminal defence services in New Zealand.

This is a fixed term position to cover a staff members parental leave.

Applications will be considered from both defence lawyers and prosecutors with experience in the trial jurisdiction.
The PDS can offer you a commitment to your ongoing professional development, a competitive salary and the opportunity to make a contribution to the legal profession in New Zealand.

All applications should be submitted via the online application page at


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