Field Officer - Part Time (Tues, Wed, Thur)
This is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identified position
The primary responsibility of the Field Officer, Criminal Law Practice is to provide high quality support services to clients, in accordance with the ALS policies, procedures and guidelines; to contribute in the delivery of high quality legal services to Aboriginal clients. This will be a part time role 3 days per week servicing the Taree and Foster Local Courts and associated follow up work. Expected days will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The position holder will liaise with local Aboriginal organisations and communities, including local representative groups to link Aboriginal clients, organisations and communities with the criminal justice system. The position holder will also be required to attend to client enquiries including when in police custody, liaise with clients, their families and the community providing information as to the operation of the criminal justice system
- Attend to client enquiries and provide appropriate administrative support services including: taking statements; identifying and arranging appropriate follow-up through the ALS or other agencies.
- Liaise with clients, their families and the community providing information as to the operation of the criminal justice system and ensure clients receive relevant information as to their rights
- Assist solicitors in maintaining client files, court diaries and appointment diaries and assist in the recording of client information and the preparation of client statistical information.
- Assist solicitors generally in the preparation of legal representation of clients, maintain routine client liaison and ensure that clients have sufficient access to their legal representation
- Deal with client complaints and take further steps where appropriate.
- Participate in committees, community groups and organisations and inter-agency liaison to further promote the image of the ALS as a highly effective service provider.
- Submit work reports in writing to the Cluster Manager/Managing Solicitor.
- Ensure all policies and practices are ethical and comply with the ALS’s policies and workplace health and safety legislation and promote the establishment of equal employment and access in accordance with agreed statutory policy.
- Display good time management skills.
- Work collaboratively as a team member with all other legal, field and administrative staff
- Keep up-to-date on legal developments and procedures and identifying training needs.
To apply, please download an application package here
Return application package to: Ms Bianca Hawkins, Regional Administration Coordinator
Phone: 02 6623 4400
Applications close at midnight on Friday 15 January 2021