Legal and Research Counsel/Advisor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Auckland City
  • Date Advertised: 31-OCT-18
  • Job Reference: MOJ/1364460
  • Job Title: Legal and Research Counsel/Advisor
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Legal and Research Counsel/Advisor

Judicial and Business Services, Auckland City


  • Be part of a small, professional and high-performing legal team.
  • Unique opportunity to assist the drafting of judicial decisions in the fascinating, inquisitorial coronial jurisdiction.
  • Build valuable collegial relationships with members of the judiciary and Ministry staff.
  • Contribute to justice and a safer society.

The Ministry of Justice provides a range of justice services around New Zealand. We have more than 3000 people working across 120 locations around the country, all working towards our vision of a safe and just New Zealand.

We are currently seeking an experienced and proactive Legal and Research Counsel/Advisor to support New Zealand’s Chief Coroner, Deputy Chief Coroner and coroners. This is a role where your enthusiasm, initiative and keen eye for detail will be key in providing timely, robust and accurate legal drafting, research and support to New Zealand’s coroners. This role will suit someone who is a self-starter and is mature, process driven and thinks critically.


About the role:

Your day-to-day work will primarily involve assisting coroners in the drafting of findings. By assisting coroners to complete their inquiries into a range of unexpected, unnatural and sudden deaths, you will help contribute to making New Zealand a safer society, build working relationships with a unique subset of the judiciary, and be exposed to a fascinating area of law and justice.

You will work closely with decision makers, legal colleagues, registry staff and management and contribute to legal decision-making processes. Your wider activities will include providing legal research, publishing Coroners’ recommendations and comments, providing non-legal research and analysis, liaising with other government agencies and stakeholders and assisting coroners prepare for and during inquests as Counsel assisting. This role is an opportunity to think critically, work hard and make a positive impact on New Zealand alongside your colleagues in the Legal and Research team.


Skills and experience required:

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • fantastic time management and self-management skills
  • the ability to work largely independently while being open to collaboration
  • excellent spelling, grammar and attention to detail
  • an intellectually curious outlook
  • a Bachelor of Laws degree

This is a permanent, full-time position based in central Auckland. The salary range for the role is $56,050–$75,832.


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, cover letter and academic transcripts. For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.

Applications close on Sunday 11 November 2018