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Coronial & Trial Advocate(s)

Flexible - please nominate preferred location  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term to June 2025

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to act in the more complex and difficult coronial and criminal cases and prepare and research representation of Aboriginal clients in these matters. 

Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit an experienced lawyer with demonstrated knowledge and experience appearing in the Coroner’s Court.


About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.


About the role

The primary responsibility of the Coronial and Trial Advocate is to act on behalf of ALS clients in coronial inquests, inquiries, and complex criminal law matters, and provide mentoring and guidance in criminal law and coronial inquests for other ALS staff.    

There are multiple vacancies available; please nominate your preferred office location(s). 

Your skills and experience

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Legal qualifications and a NSW Practicing Certificate with a minimum of 4 years’ experience in a Criminal Law practice or Coronial Inquest work
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience appearing in the Coroner’s Court
  • Sound knowledge of and demonstrated experience in conducting high quality carriage of a committals practice combined with serious criminal hearing work
  • Commitment to the principles of social justice and demonstrated ability to represent Aboriginal clients and undertake an advocacy role before Courts or Tribunals
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to provide quality representation in a high-volume work environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to conduct community legal education and to prepare court documents, correspondence, submissions and other written materials
  • Well-developed legal research/analytical and statutory interpretation skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without close supervision and to manage a diverse workload
  • Demonstrated commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Ethical and Diversity practices in the workplace
  • Double Vaccination against COVID-19
  • Desirable: Current valid unrestricted NSW Driver’s licence and a willingness to drive in metropolitan and country locations, travel intrastate and stay overnight or longer

How to apply


Applications for this position close at 5:00pm, Friday 1 September 2023.


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