Position number: 20035610
About the role:
This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain valuable experience working as a Lawyer, in the standalone Specialist Children’s Court Prosecution unit (SCCPU) within Victoria Police. Victoria Police’s Legal Services Department is enhancing its advocacy response in an effort to meet the expansion of court networks and jurisdictions across Victoria. In order to address repeat victimisation, recidivism and unique offending across diverse demographics, more specialist courts are opening. Victoria Police is seeking to meet this demand with enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated advocates to prosecute a range of complex criminal and family violence related prosecution matters across multiple court jurisdictions and locations across the state.
The role is in the SCCPU at Melbourne and offers an opportunity to undertake complex legal work in the criminal division of the Children’s Court and other areas as directed. The SCCPU is a specialist unit within the Prosecutions division of the Legal Services Department. This position will be based in Melbourne with the additional function of providing support, advice and ongoing training and specialised advocacy to more than 80 Police Prosecutors and Police Lawyers who hold the Youth Prosecution Portfolio holder across the whole state.
The primary responsibilities of this role will be to prosecute matters on behalf of Victoria Police in the Children’s Court jurisdiction as well as other jurisdictions. As the successful applicant, you will need to demonstrate an ability to handle busy court lists and to manage competing priorities effectively. This role offers an opportunity to tailor your skills to an array of matters that vary in complexity. Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.
Victoria Police is a professional, diverse and flexible workforce that continues to lead the way in victim centric support, whilst striving to prevent and reduce community harm. Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.
Your duties will include:
- Appearing as an advocate, caseload management and providing legal advice/information to a range of clients in criminal prosecutions and other areas as directed.
- Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships within Victoria Police.
- Working with internal and external stakeholders across agencies to ensure cooperative and proactive approaches to addressing community harm.
- Regularly appearing in the Children’s Court jurisdiction.
- Attending court and prosecuting criminal related matters on behalf of Victoria Police.
- Liaising with legal representatives and court staff.
- Providing support and assistance to Senior and Supervising Lawyers in the management of more complex cases and support Legal Support Officers as directed by your senior managers.
- Ability to work in a team and in a developing and emerging work environment.
As the successful applicant, you will have:
- Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer.
- Ability to work in a team, in a developing and emerging work environment.
- High level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
- A current and valid Drivers’ Licence.
Requirements and relevant information:
- Your usual place of work will be 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Specialist Children’s Court Prosecution Unit, Prosecutions Division, Legal Services Department. However, you may be required to work at any other division within the Department as required.
- Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
- The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
- As a member of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office within a Division for a particular advertised opportunity. However given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department. This supports the Departments commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.
Your application must include:
- Completed application form – attached to the job advertisement.
- A copy of your current Australian Lawyer Practicing Certificate.
Applications close midnight, Wednesday 4 November 2020.
Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; the Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic), Job Skills Exchange (JSE) website or Seek.
Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.
For further information on this role please contact: Supervising Lawyer Anna Leith on (03) 8628 3280 or via email [email protected]
If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email [email protected] or 03 8335 8081.
Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: http://www.policecareer.vic.gov.au