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Solicitor Grade 3 (Criminal Law)

Newcastle  |  Full-time  |  Permanent 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to contribute to social justice and equity for local Aboriginal people. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit a qualified Solicitor with prior experience in Criminal Law practice and advocacy.


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 primary responsibility of the Solicitor Grade 3 (Intermediate), Criminal Law Practice within the Newcastle ALS Office is to:

  • Maintain a Committals Practice by taking direct carriage of at least 50% of the committal matters including serious criminal indictable work
  • Appearing as an Advocate in District Court appeals and sentences
  • Prepare and run complex Local Court (‘LC’) and Children’s Court (‘CC’) hearings and sentence matters

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 recognised Practicing Certificate with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in Criminal 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 Local Court/Children’s Court practice
  • Demonstrated 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 within the region and stay overnight or longer to undertake court work or training

How to apply

Applications for this position close on Thursday 15 December 2022.

Note that Teams interviews will be conducted immediately following short-listing, with a view to finalise selection prior to Christmas closure.


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