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Graduate/Junior Solicitor, Criminal Law Practice - Western NSW

Primary Purpose of the Role 

The primary responsibility of Solicitor, Criminal Law Practice, is to undertake criminal appearance work as directed, in the Local Court, Children’s Court, District Court and/or circuit courts (requiring travel). This is an ongoing recruitment, to fill vacancies as they arise in ALS offices across western NSW.

The ALS has offices across western NSW at Bathurst, Dubbo, Broken Hill, Bourke, Walgett, Moree, Armidale, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Griffith.         

Why Join the ALS NSW/ACT? 

At the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) we deliver quality and culturally appropriate legal and other support services that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout NSW and the ACT. As part of the team, you will have the chance to make a difference and contribute to social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.  

Our focus is our people; the people and communities 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.  

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.  

In addition, we offer valuable benefits including:  

  • Salary packaging options and novated car leasing - meaning your fortnightly take home pay is more than it would otherwise be. 
  • 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

  • Providing high quality and culturally appropriate legal advice and representation to Aboriginal clients and assisting them in resolving their legal problems and undertaking court responsibilities  
  • Providing considered, independent, balanced, and professional criminal law advice  
  • Researching, preparing, and providing representation for Aboriginal clients in criminal law matters and prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel  
  • Effectively balancing the requirements of managing a busy caseload 
  • Maintaining and enhancing professional competence, keeping abreast of legal developments, changes in ALS policies, systems, guidelines, practices, and community needs  
  • Communicating with, taking instructions from, and effectively representing Aboriginal clients who may present as distressed, have a physical or intellectual disability, or have problem behaviors such as drug or alcohol addictions, when the legal concepts involved are complex and difficult for the client to understand  

About You

The successful incumbent will demonstrate: 

Essential  

  • Legal qualifications and a current NSW Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately) as well as demonstrated up-to-date knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure  
  • 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  
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples  
  • A willingness and ability to travel to ALS’s various offices   

Desirable

  • Current valid unrestricted NSW Drivers licence and a willingness to drive in metropolitan and country locations, travel intrastate and stay overnight or longer.

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