Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyer – Christchurch

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Christchurch
  • Date Advertised: 23-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: MOJ/1428372
  • Job Title: Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyer – Christchurch
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Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyer, Christchurch Public Defence Service


We are looking for an Intermediate lawyer, with a speciality in criminal advocacy, to join the team in our central city office.  As a team of around 26 legal and support staff we enjoy a busy and varied workplace and we work well as a team, supporting one-another and sharing knowledge and experience.

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 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:  $79,326 to $111,989

The Ministry of Justice is committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures. All staff- regardless of gender, race, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs have access to equal employment opportunities, in recruitment, training and career opportunities and conditions of employment.

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 10 November 2019. 

If you have any questions, please contact