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Solicitor Advocate - Legal Officer Grade VI - Criminal Law Division - State-wide - Talent Pool

Organisation / Entity: Legal Aid Commission, Office of the
Job category:
  • Legal and Justice | Advocate
Job location:
  • Statewide
Job reference number: 00009DNY
Work type: Full-Time
Total remuneration package: $169,503 Package includes salary ($148,885 - $152,021), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact: Melissa Burgess (02) 9219 5816
Closing date: 19/02/2023 - 11:59 PM



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Solicitor Advocate - Legal Officer VI – Criminal Law – State-wide – Temporary Full-Time for a period up to 3 years

Why you should join Legal Aid NSW!

About us

Legal Aid NSW is the largest legal aid agency in Australia, comprising a Central Sydney office and 28 regional offices in metropolitan and regional centres across NSW including two satellite offices located at Walgett and Bourke, and a number of specialist services and advice clinics. Working in partnership with private lawyers, Legal Aid NSW provides legal advice, information and minor assistance and legal representation to eligible people in many areas of law. Legal Aid NSW also provides alternative dispute resolution services, community legal education programs and publications on legal issues.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Legal Aid NSW is committed to being a culturally safe and genuinely inclusive organisation and workplace for all people and communities that work with and interact with us, where people feel valued, welcomed, respected and heard.

We want people with diverse backgrounds to apply — including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, the LGBTQI+ community, culturally diverse people and other diverse communities. 

We acknowledge, support and accommodate the diverse access needs of people with visible and invisible disabilities. If you need a reasonable adjustment to participate in the recruitment process, or you’d like information about what we can do to help you, please contact our team at erecruitment@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

For Aboriginal specific information regarding working at Legal Aid NSW, our Aboriginal Staff network, career development opportunities and support systems please email: aboriginalservices@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

 Other benefits of working with us

  • You will have access to training, development and mentoring opportunities.
  • We are an accredited Flex Ready certified employer and are recognised as leaders in the area of flexible work. Most of our staff work flexibly — for example, from home some of the time or in a way that helps them balance family and work life.

About the role

Provide court advocacy in District Court trials, sentences and other criminal law proceedings on behalf of Legal Aid NSW clients. Temporary roles at Central Sydney and regional locations are for a period up to 3 years.

About you

The successful applicant will have extensive criminal advocacy experience and the ability and willingness to conduct both jury trials and Judge-alone trials. The successful applicant will also have extensive experience in undertaking mandatory case conferencing in EAGP matters and in mentoring junior colleagues in a criminal law environment.

Essential requirements

  • Admitted or eligible to be admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.
  • Highly developed advocacy skills and experience and capacity to personally conduct trials and other complex criminal proceedings as required.
  • Hold a current NSW drivers’ licence and have the ability to undertake travel when requires
  • hold Australian or NZ citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency (for ongoing vacancies) or a valid visa to work in Australia (for temporary vacancies)
  • Willingness to undertake a Criminal Record Check and/or Working with Children Check
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (triple vaccinated for all new employees)

How to apply

You MUST submit your application online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au. If you submit your application late or by email it will NOT be accepted. Your application must include:

  • your resume (no more than 5 pages)
  • cover letter (no more than 2 pages). In your cover letter, please respond to these two questions:

1. Describe your experience conducting complex indictable criminal law matters in the District Court.

2. Outline your criminal law experience and how you would use that to support the professional development of more junior solicitors.

Applicants should read the Role Description and consider the Focus Capabilities and Key Accountabilities when preparing their resume and cover letter.

The selection process will include a range of comparative assessment techniques to assist in determining capability and suitability for the role.

This recruitment will be used to fill any current vacancies and may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar future temporary vacancies that may arise over the next 18 months.

 Further Information

  • Enquiries: Melissa Burgess on melissa.burgess@legalaid.nsw.gov.au 
  • Jobs Board Ref No. 00009DNY

 If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person you can also contact the Aboriginal Services Branch to arrange a confidential conversation about any questions you may have.

Closing Date: 19 February 2023 (11:59 pm)





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