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Intermediate Solicitor, Criminal Law Practice

Nowra, NSW  |  Full-time  |  12 Months Fixed-term 

Primary purpose of the role

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity for an Intermediate Solicitor in our Criminal Law Practice team in Nowra. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit someone looking to take the next step in their Criminal Law career. 


Why Join the ALS NSW/ACT team?

At Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT you will make an impactful change. You have the chance to change lives and bring social justice and equity for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

Our focus is our people; the people we support, and the team we employ. We offer a career you can be proud of and a place where you feel safe to be yourself. We invest in our workforce and appreciate the rich diversity they represent of life experience, languages, and culture. Born out of a protest movement over 50 years ago, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. It’s an exciting time for the ALS, with both our services and teams growing significantly. We recently received additional government funding to deliver a range of new programs aimed at addressing systemic issues and driving structural reforms. This is creating unprecedented opportunities for the ALS and our communities. For many of our staff making a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities and working with a great, supportive team is its own reward. We appreciate that, but we want our team to know that we value them so offer benefits such as:


  •  Salary packaging options and novated car leasing
  •  Annual Leave Loading of 17.5%
  •  Career and professional development opportunities
  •  Access to personal counselling for you and your family
  •  A range of additional paid leave, paid parental and study leave
  •  Flexible work options – talk to us about how we can make this role work for you


The Role

The primary responsibility of the Intermediate Solicitor, Criminal Law Practice is to:

  • Maintain a Committals Practice by taking direct carriage of at least 50% of the committal matters including serious criminal indictable work

  • Appear as an Advocate in District Court appeals and sentences

  • Prepare and run complex Local Court (‘LC’) and Children’s Court (‘CC’) hearings and sentences


About You

  • 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 2 years’ experience in Criminal Law

  • In-depth knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure

  • Proven capacity to provide a strong advocacy role in leading the District Court and Committal Practices, along with the LC/CC practice

  • Demonstrated supervisory and mentoring skills of a multidisciplinary team of staff

  • Capacity to provide high quality legal representation and advice to Aboriginal people and deal with any complaints by clients and/or family members

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and time management skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload


How to apply


Applications for this position close on Friday, 24 November 2023


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