Paralegal, Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (Criminal Law)

Dubbo  |  Full-time/part-time  |  Fixed-term to 30 June 2023, with possible extension 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to assist Solicitors in the delivery of high-quality legal support services to Aboriginal clients using your administration and organisational skills. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit an experienced Paralegal or Administrator with legal office experience, or a current Law student.

 

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 Paralegal, Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) will be responsible for: 

  • undertaking a range of duties including the maintenance of the court attendance board/ roster on a daily basis, organisation if client files, input of statistical data into CMS database, and liaising with professionals, including Police, Public Defenders, Solicitors, Court Staff, Corrective Services and other ALS staff members and stakeholders
  • assist with response to phone calls and the reception area during business hours and provide secretarial support to EAGP Solicitors/ Advocates

Your skills and experience

  • A knowledge 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 the social issues affecting those communities
  • Commitment to the principles of social justice
  • Capacity to behave in a culturally appropriate manner
  • Proven computer systems skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Outlook and consistent typing skills
  • Excellent phone manner and communication skills and experience in answering and transferring calls
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and work independently in a team environment with limited supervision
  • Excellent problem-solving skills

Desirable, but not essential: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or be accepted as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which you live

How to apply

Applications for this position extended to Wednesday 25 January 2023.

Please apply promptly, shortlisting and interviews will be scheduled throughout the application period.

 

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