Criminal Defence Lawyer

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
Criminal & Civil Law
Full time
Posted 25d ago

Multiple positions available – Full time ( Part-time options negotiable)

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) provides legal assistance and justice services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South Australia. We have offices in Adelaide, Ceduna, Port Augusta and Port Lincoln.  We are recognised as a leading legal service.

ALRM seeks appropriately qualified legal practitioners with a minimum of 2 years post admission experience who have the personal and professional attributes to be a successful member of its criminal law team based in Adelaide. The work requires a high level of motivation, energy, and a commitment to professional excellence.   

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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. 

Positions will be a 12 month contract (with option of renewal subject to funding agreement). Roles are full time but part time options can be negotiated for suitable candidates. The position will be based in metropolitan Adelaide with work in our Adelaide office, as well as at Port Adelaide and Elizabeth Magistrates Courts as required. 


The position will report to the Criminal Practice Manager. 


  • Conduct Magistrates Court matters including trials, and guilty pleas as Solicitor and Counsel.
  • To provide high quality legal advice, representation, information and education  to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people charged with criminal offences. 
  • In conjunction with other staff, to undertake work aimed at overcoming the disadvantage suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
  • Working well in a cross cultural environment and an ability to work well in a team environment.
  • To undertake work at circuit courts, including travel and overnight stays in remote communities. 
  • To work as part of a team including other legal staff, field officers and support staff to provide consistent and high quality legal advice and representation to clients of ALRM.
  • To work to ensure the provision of a culturally appropriate and responsive service to clients.
  • To understand and apply ALRM and Attorney General’s Department Policies as they relate to the provision of legal aid services to clients.
  • Provide outreach services as part of a team 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.


  • Admission (or eligibility for admission) as a legal practitioner in South Australia. 
  • Must hold an unrestricted SA Practising Certificate 
  • An understanding of the issues affecting the disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system.  Including a demonstrated understanding and sensitivity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their history and culture. 
  • Demonstrated experience as solicitor and counsel in Magistrates Court criminal matters. 
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in South Australia. 
  • Good time management and organisational skills including demonstrated capacity to perform under pressure and ability to effectively handle high volume workloads within tight deadlines. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel to and work in the regional areas serviced by ALRM. 
  • Computer literacy including ability and willingness to prepare correspondence and reports, using Email and electronic scheduling. 
  • Ability to work constructively with a diverse team of legal and non-legal staff to achieve the goals of the position including a demonstrated willingness to seek advice from field officers on cultural issues and/or supervision by senior lawyers when necessary. 
  • Current Drivers License with no exemptions. 
  • Satisfactory criminal history check and no history of disqualification from employment by a legal practice. 
  • Proof of full COVID Vaccination 

Please note: applicants for this position must address the selection criteria in their  written application.   

Please submit a current CV and application cover letter addressing the selection criteria addressed to by end of business 28th January 2021.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • How many years' experience do you have in criminal & civil law?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your Covid-19 vaccination status?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a Criminal Defence Lawyer?

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