Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyer – Auckland

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    7 days ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Auckland City
  • Date Advertised: 03-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MOJ/1454348
  • Job Title: Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyer – Auckland
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Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyer PAL 2, Auckland Public Defence Service


We are looking for an Intermediate lawyer, with a speciality in criminal advocacy, to join our team in the central Auckland team.  We are a collegial and professional office with around 30 legal and support staff working in a busy environment with variety and challenge, and you will be joining an experienced and supportive team in the largest and most diverse city in New Zealand.

The Public Defence Service (PDS) is New Zealand’s largest criminal law practice, providing high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. Aimed at helping people access justice, the PDS promotes the values of respect, integrity, service and the delivery of excellent service to its clients.  In this role you are the voice of some of the most marginalised people in the criminal justice system. 

You will find challenge and satisfaction with the varied caseload, including high profile cases and the opportunity for High Court and Court of Appeal trials and appearances.  You will have colleagues around you who you can learn from and who will support your development to the next level of your career, and a comprehensive professional development programme.  The work comes to the PDS via Legal Aid and you will be supported by professional administrators.   

To be successful you must be passionate about criminal justice issues and:

  • have a PAL 2, or close to obtaining Pal 2, approval level and be qualified to practice law in New Zealand
  • have confidence in your ability to develop credibility with judges, peers and others in the legal community
  • enjoy sharing legal expertise, exchanging ideas and brainstorming
  • have empathy and the ability to relate to a wide range of people

This is a challenging but truly satisfying job and our lawyers love what they do.  

The PDS is part of the Ministry of Justice and the wider justice sector.  The ministry provides centralised business services, infrastructure and support to the work of the PDS. 

You never know what each day will bring. I love the rush the job can bring whilst being able to sit and critically think about a legal issue. (Claire)

Salary range:  $60,092 to $93.324

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It’s important to us that our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.

How to apply

To apply, click the Apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description at the site, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.

Applications close on Sunday 22 March 2020 

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