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Solicitor Grade 3 (Coronial)

Coffs Harbour  |  Full-time |  Fixed-term contract (24 months)

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to build specific legal knowledge in the Coronial jurisdiction and to develop supervisory skills through mentoring and guidance of less experienced Criminal Law team members. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit an experienced Criminal Lawyer with 2+ years experience and strong support networks to facilitate their focus on coronial matters.


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 Solicitor, Coronial/ Criminal Law will be primarily be responsible for: 

  • Providing representation and advice in the coronial jurisdiction
  • Management of a committals practice by taking direct carriage of any matters arising
  • Appearing in District Court short matters, in particular sentence matters and appeals
  • Prepare and run complex Local Court (‘LC’) and Children’s Court (‘CC’) hearings and sentence matters and oversee the management of the LC/CC practice


Your skills and experience

  • 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 an NSW Practicing Certificate with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in Criminal Law and/or Coronial law
  • In-depth knowledge of the 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
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and time management skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload
  • Willingness to drive or fly within the Region and stay overnight or longer to undertake court work or training


How to apply


Applications for this position close extended to COB Tuesday 7 March 2023.


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