Public Defence Service
The Public Defence Service is committed to providing independent, high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases, including providing professional leadership of the duty lawyer service.
This is a great opportunity to provide high quality mentoring and training and develop your experience and advance your legal career within a collegial and supportive team environment. The Auckland metropolitan courts offer varied criminal work, including high profile and challenging cases, High Court and Court of Appeal appearances. This role offers flexible working conditions which will enable you to maintain your expertise in criminal law without necessarily having to manage a caseload.
About the team and the role
You will report to a Deputy Public Defender and your enthusiasm and skills will contribute to the delivery of high quality defence services within the Auckland region.
You must be an experienced criminal litigator, with a PAL 3 or 4 approval level (or the ability to obtain this within a short time frame). You will have strong advocacy skills, be able to work in a team and relate well to people from diverse backgrounds. The key focus of this role requires that you are keen to lead and assist with the training, mentoring and supervision of junior PDS lawyers.
You will be willing to assist the Deputy Public Defender with the full range of administrative and legal tasks that must be undertaken in running a busy criminal law practice.
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- Prepare and present in-house training for lawyers on legal issues
- Coach and mentor other lawyers
- Quality assurance – undertaking file reviews and court observations
- Supervise other lawyers
- Appear in Court (this role does not require you to manage a trial caseload).
Skills and experience
- PAL 3 or 4 approval
- Strong advocacy skills
- Ability to work in a team
- Relate well to people from a diverse background.
This position is part-time, 16 hours per week.
To apply, complete the application form via this link, attaching your CV and cover letter.
Applications close on Sunday, 8 May 2016.