Solicitor - Kempsey

SOLICITOR – KEMPSEY

Based out of Kempsey, this role also involves travel to various circuit courts, including Taree and Forster.

Fulltime Fixed-Term 12 months

About The ALS

The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

The ALS aims to provide culturally appropriate information and referral, legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT.

The ALS is committed to achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community. The ALS remains committed to being community focused; being fearless in our advocacy; accountable and ethical and aiming to make a difference to create better futures; while also acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal traditional values and cultural practices.

About the role

Working under the supervision of the Principal Legal Officer the primary objective of the role is to provide high quality legal advice and representation to clients in Criminal Law matters, in accordance with policies, procedures and guidelines. 

Based out of Kempsey, this role also involves travel to various circuit courts, including Taree and Forster. 

The successful candidate needs to be able to communicate with and effectively represent Aboriginal clients who may be distressed, have a disability or behavioural issues, when legal concepts may be complex and difficult for the client to understand. 

You would need to maintain professional competence and keep abreast of legal developments, changes in ALS policies, systems, guidelines and practices and community needs.

Accountabilities:

  • Perform criminal appearance work as directed covering matters within Local Courts, Children's Courts, District Court and/or Court Circuit travel.
  • This Criminal Appearance work will involve the undertaking specific activities including List Work, Sentence Matters, Bail Applications and Defended Hearings.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant criminal law legislation, case law and court procedures.
  • Research, prepare and provide representation for Aboriginal clients in criminal matters and prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel.
  • Provide considered, independent, balanced and professional criminal law advice.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities, directors and staff; as an employee of the ALS, continue to learn about the customs and history of local Aboriginal people.
  • Maintain all files in an orderly and professional manner, including the recording of all data for statistical purposes.
  • Ensure the lawful achievement of ALS core business objectives to the highest standards of probity and efficiency, and with due reference to the interests of all stakeholders.

Your Skills and Experience

To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal communities combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities, and staff.
  • Legal qualifications and a NSW Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately).
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure.
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islanders peoples.
  • Capacity and motivation to provide quality legal representation to Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and time management skills.
  • Computer literacy and capacity to generate legal correspondence; and
  • Current valid NSW Driver’s license and a willingness to drive in metro and country locations, travel and stay overnight or longer (strongly desirable).

How to apply

Please CLICK HERE to download the application package for this position. Please submit the completed application package to Bianca Hawkins (Regional Administration Coordinator) at E: [email protected].

Current e-list candidates do not need to submit a full application, as you will be considered for this role. Please email Bianca Hawkins to advise if you wish to be considered for this vacancy.   All other candidates must submit a completed application packages to be considered.

Applications for this position close at 5 pm on Monday, 6 June 2022.

Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to apply.

 

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