Paralegal, Criminal Law Practice
- Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Scheme (EAGP)
Fixed Term to December 2023, with possible extension
Full time, with part time hours considered for the right applicant
Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged to apply
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.
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.
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 Paralegal, Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) scheme is to assist in the delivery of high-quality legal support services to Aboriginal clients.
- Assist solicitors at Court in appropriate cases, including note taking
- Prepare and obtain supporting documentation and draft documents required by solicitors for the preparation of hearings in accordance with minimum practice standards
- Assist in gathering supporting documentation from and completing file reviews for non-litigation clients, as required
- Assist in researching matters of law or undertaking case reviews for solicitors, as required
- Assist in client interviews, and drafting of Affidavit and other court documents, as and where required
- Liaise with Government and non-Government agencies, welfare agencies, Courts, and other sections of the legal community in relation to clients of the Service
- General administrative support, including receiving or making client phone calls, photocopying, maintaining client files
WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO THE ROLE
- Formal paralegal qualifications, or currently undertaking a Law Degree or experience providing paralegal support
- Knowledge and understanding of issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in the care and protection system
- Knowledge of support and referral services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients involved in the Care and Protection system
- Effective written and verbal communication skills
- Good problem-solving skills
- Demonstrated Microsoft Suite computer skills
- It is highly desirable you will have previous experience working in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community-based organisation and/or legal organisation
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your application to Dominic Holles, Deputy Principal Solicitor (Western region) at [email protected]
Please apply promptly, this position has been re-advertised. We will consider applications as they are received. Applications close 5:00pm, Tuesday 22 August 2023.
Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to apply.