CNS Solicitor, Redfern

CNS Solicitor, Redfern (Custody Notification Service)

Full Time Contract to 24 December 2021


About The ALS

The ALS aims to provide culturally appropriate information and referral, legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT.

The ALS is committed to achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community. The ALS remains committed to being community focussed; being fearless in our advocacy; accountable and ethical and aiming to make a difference to create better futures; while also acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal traditional values and cultural practices.

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited (ALS) is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. 


Primary Objectives of the role

The primary responsibility of the Custody Notification (CNS) Solicitor is to undertake the Service of providing a 24-hour legal advice and support phone line for Aboriginal people taken into police custody. In particular the position holder will:

  • Provide legal advice and support over the CNS telephone to persons in custody;
  • Assess if the person in custody is facing any self-harm threat or requires any duty of care notification or response;
  • Contact the person’s family and/or an Aboriginal Field Officer to ensure parental or family concern for their whereabouts and health are minimised;
  • Complete CNS forms and logs.


Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Perform responsibilities to a high standard within agreed timelines and in line with ALS vision, mission and values.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide legal advice over the CNS telephone to persons in custody.
  • Complete CNS forms and logs.
  • Refer appropriate matters to the Managing Solicitor.
  • Direct inappropriate calls to the correct Service and/or Program.
  • Service the CNS phone line for the shifts allocated on weekends and out of hours.
  • Assist the local office with Criminal Law representation and appearance matters.
  • Provide contact and liaison support to families and respond to identified need for support to the families in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with and update the Managing Solicitor on any matters pertaining to the persons in custody.
  • Develop and maintain stable, productive, professional and collaborative intra-office working relationships between all staff members.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant criminal law legislation, case law and court procedures.
  • Ensure the lawful achievement of ALS core business objectives to the highest standards of probity and efficiency, and with due reference to the interests of all stakeholders.
  • Provide considered, independent, balanced and professional legal advice.
  • Ensure all policies and practices are ethical and comply with the ALS’s policies and workplace health and safety legislation and promote the establishment of equal employment and access in accordance with agreed statutory policy.
  • Keep up-to-date on legal developments and procedures and identifying training needs and attending training to maintain professional standards and retain a practicing certificate.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential Criteria

To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Legal qualifications and a current NSW Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately)
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples
  • Capacity and motivation to provide quality legal representation to Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills combined with strong time management, legal research and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work autonomously and manage a diverse workload
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office Suite
  • A willingness and ability to travel to ALS’ various offices (regional and metropolitan), conferences (local and interstate) and events.

How to apply

To download the application package click here

Please submit your application to Sheri Misaghi, Regional Administration Coordinator [email protected].

Only candidates with completed application packages will be considered.  

Applications for this position close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday 24 June 2021.

Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to apply.

Ways to Get Involved