Junior Lawyer Appeals

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Hamilton
  • Date Advertised: 01-NOV-18
  • Job Reference: MOJ/1365274
  • Job Title: Junior Lawyer Appeals
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  • Summary:

Junior Lawyer – Appeals (12 months Fixed Term), Hamilton Public Defence Service


  • Work on high level and interesting criminal issues
  • Develop your research and submission writing skills
  • Grow your analytical mind

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 all people of New Zealand access justice, the PDS promotes the values of respect, integrity, service and the delivery of excellent service to its clients. PDS lawyers are the voice of some of the most marginalised people in the criminal justice system. 

Right now, the PDS are looking for an outstanding Junior Lawyer, reporting to our Senior Lawyer (Appeals) interested in developing research, submission writing and critical analysis skills, through providing support on Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases undertaken by the Public Defence Service (PDS).  From time to time, as your workload allows, you may also provide support to other lawyers within the PDS with research, opinion and submission writing.

This role does not include time in court or carrying a case load, although an internal applicant may be able to retain a small caseload.  The position is a 10 month fixed term contract; however, if filled internally, there may be the possibility of two five month contracts.

The successful candidate will ideally join our team in the central Hamilton office, there is the possibility of being based in another PDS office, dependent upon the level of experience of the successful applicant.

To be successful you must have:

  • an interest in the big picture of criminal justice issues
  • proven, excellent legal writing skills
  • superior attention to detail
  • a passion for research and an analytical mind

In return, the PDS offers access to a well-designed and embedded national training programme, professional development opportunities and access to a professional supervision programme.

The PDS is part of the Ministry of Justice and the wider justice sector. 

Salary range:  $ 51 335 – $60,000

To apply, complete the application form, attaching your CV, cover letter.  Applications close on Saturday 17 November 2018.