SOLICITOR Grade 3 (Intermediate) - Dubbo
EAGP (Early Appropriate Guilty Plea)
Temporary Fulltime position until 30 June 2022
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.
About the role
This role is a temporary fulltime position up to 30 June 2022. The primary responsibility of the Intermediate Solicitor EAGP, is to manage the Committals Practice, manage the District Court (short matters), prepare and run complex Local Court and Children's Court hearings and the relevant allocation of responsibilities and court circuits to Solicitors and Field Officers. It is a supervisory position, reporting to a Cluster Manager/Managing Solicitor. The role demands high level plain English and a flexible approach to problem solving. Typical responsibilities would include:
- Direct carriage of at least 50% of the committal matters and allocation of remainder to junior solicitors
- Direct supervision and mentoring of junior solicitors
- Allocation of all District Court matters and appearance at sentence matters
- Liaison with Deputy Principal Solicitor on all matters listed for trail in District Courts
- Preparation and running of complex Local Court and Children's Court hearings and sentence matters and oversee the management of LC/CC Practice
- Developing and maintaining inter-agency relationships
Your Skills and Experience
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 in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff.
- Legal qualifications and a NSW Practising Certificate with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a Criminal Law practice.
- In depth knowledge of 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 management, 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
- Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload
- 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.
- A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes
How to apply
To download the application package for this role please click here
Please submit your written application to Christy Cromelin, Regional Area Coordinator [email protected].
Only candidates with completed application packages will be considered.
Applications for this position close at 5 pm 10 August 2021.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Solicitors are encouraged to apply.