Solicitor / Barrister

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula
Legal
Criminal & Civil Law
$80,000 - $89,999
Contract/Temp
Posted 30d+ ago

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement

Port Augusta

Solicitor / Barrister


ALRM conducts community-based legal service and other law related programs including providing legal representation and advice to the Aboriginal people of South Australia, from offices in Adelaide and Regional Offices in Ceduna, Port Augusta and Port Lincoln.

Given the sensitivity of work of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, we are obliged to undertake a background check of applicants. In applying for the position, approval is given to ALRM to undertake necessary background checks in relation to employment, financial and criminal history.

ALRM offers attractive salary sacrifice arrangements. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

Contract term can be negotiated to 12 months or upto June 2024.


The Solicitor reports to Criminal Practice Manager.  The role is to conduct all legal work in the Youth, Magistrates  and District courts including bail applications, negotiations , attendance at pretrial conferences, complex guilty pleas, and trials. 

Travelling to country locations for the purpose of conducting Court matters is a requirement of this role.

Position will be based In Port Augusta.

     Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct District Court matters including Magistrate trials, guilty pleas as Solicitor and Counsel.
  • Will be responsible for supervising restricted practitioners working within the same office, and must have demonstrated experience in same
  • Provide legal advice, representation, information and education in relation to criminal law matters generally.
  • To work as part of a team including other legal staff, field officers and support staff to provide legal advice and representation to clients of ALRM of a consistent high quality.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the criminal legal system, its requirements for effective client representation and its impact upon Aboriginal people;
  • Comprehensive understanding of the issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to the delivery of legal services and in the wider community;
  • Capacity to work effectively in an Aboriginal organisation, and commitment to delivering culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients;
  • Must regularly perform work in the superior courts/higher jurisdiction or courts convened by a Judge;
  • Must accept professional responsibility to deliver high standards of work performed by them and without the need for close direction or supervision;
  • As part of a team provide outreach services in accordance with ALRM objectives.
  • Liaise with other legal service providers, Federal and State Authorities and other agencies as required.
  • Perform such other duties commensurate with the functions of ALRM and this classification, as may be required.
  • Contribute positively to organisational management and support operations towards the achievement of organisational goals.
  • Support and work with people with diverse backgrounds, value systems, cultural differences and special needs.

Essential Criteria

  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a Solicitor or Barrister of the Supreme Court of South Australia.
  • Must have at least five (5) years full-time equivalent post admission experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the criminal legal system, its requirements for effective client representation and its impact upon Aboriginal people.
  • Demonstrated experience as Solicitor and counsel in District Courts in criminal matters.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to the delivery of legal services and in the wider community.
  • Capacity to work effectively in an Aboriginal organization.
  • Commitment to delivering culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high-level organisational and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to efficient and effective service delivery and a commitment to a client-centred focus.
  • Ability to manage and balance priorities in an environment of high workloads and varied casework.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, office equipment and office systems..
  • Ability to work collaboratively and share decision making.
  • Ability to demonstrate respect, approachability and mediation, consistency and model exemplary leadership qualities and behaviors.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of Equal Opportunity, Work Health, Safety and Welfare standards.
  • An understanding of the objectives of Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement., its services and clients.
  • A current South Australian Driver’s License.

All interested applicants are required to include a cover letter, CV/resume and a considered response to the key selection criteria. 

Applications are to be shared at recruitment@alrm.org.au.        

Closing date for applications is close of business on 21st November 2021.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Do you have a current Working With Children (WWC) Check?
  • How many years' experience do you have in criminal & civil law?
  • Do you have a current Police Check (National Police Certificate) for employment?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your Covid-19 vaccination status?
  • Do you have a current Australian driver's licence?

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