Principal Solicitor Advocate (VPSG6)

Job posted: 05/08/2022
Applications close: 21/08/2022 (Midnight)
6 days remaining

6 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Office of Public Prosecutions

Salary: $127,467 - $170,579

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/OPP420A

Reference: VG/OPP420A

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) is an independent statutory authority responsible for preparing and conducting criminal prosecutions in Victoria on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Matters prosecuted by the DPP and the OPP involve serious crimes or matters that are of significance to the fair and effective operation of the Victorian criminal justice system. The OPP consists of the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions and a staff of approximately 470 providing legal and corporate support to the DPP, the Chief Crown Prosecutor and Crown Prosecutors in the exercise of their independent roles in the criminal justice system.

Principal Solicitor Advocate (Ongoing & Fixed Term, Full Time)

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) has an Ongoing opportunity and a Fixed Term (up to 12 months, parental leave replacement) opportunity available for highly motivated individuals to join our organisation as a Principal Solicitor Advocate within the Advocacy Division.

The Principal Solicitor Advocate is designed to attract senior lawyers who have extensive experience in both the Magistrates' and County Court.  It offers the opportunity for the exercise of previously acquired legal practice and advocacy skills, as well as resolution skills, in the preparation and conduct of highly complex criminal cases.

The incumbent will work in a dynamic environment, with changing priorities and should possess the ability to work in an agile manner, contributing to and embracing innovative solutions and ways of working.

The incumbent will be aware of their obligations to victims and witnesses in line with the Victims Charter Act 2006. They will engage with victims and witnesses to meet the individual justice needs, tailored to and in alignment with the complexity of matters.

The position is Melbourne based however, occasional travel to Regional Victoria may be required. Flexible working arrangements including part time arrangements will be considered.

About the Role:

  • Prepare and appear in the County Court in complex plea hearings, appeals and contraventions.
  • Prepare and appear in complex committal hearings in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and in list work (including committal mentions, bail applications, summary jurisdiction applications and pleas) in both Melbourne and regional courts. 
  • Promote and embrace innovative solutions and ways of working within a dynamic and agile environment

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Extensive working knowledge of Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence Law and other relevant legislation, with considerable knowledge of, and practising experience in highly complex cases.
  • Extensive demonstrated experience appearing as an advocate in complex criminal matters.
  • Demonstrated ability to formally and effectively mentor staff and to foster continuous learning and development and aid in their professional development, including demonstrated leadership capability.

The Office is committed to providing a safe working environment for staff, and may require employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as, coronavirus (COVID-19) and other transmissible diseases based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time.  Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.

To apply, you will need to submit a resume, cover letter and complete the online questionnaire which can be found on the last page of the application process. This questionnaire will ask you to address some of the Key Selection Criteria which you must complete. Separate responses to the KSC outlined in the position description are not required.

In accordance with the VPS recruitment process all candidates are subject to complete a pre-employment misconduct screening declaration. Further information is available on the VPSC website: https://vpsc.vic.gov.au/resources/pre-employment-screening-misconduct-victorian-public-service/

Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 21 August 2022

The OPP is committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  People from all cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, particularly applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, or those who may experience disability related barriers in securing employment. If you require assistance with the recruitment process, or have accessibility requirements please contact recruit.info@opp.vic.gov.au

Persons considering applying for these positions should note that the recruitment process may be used to fill a commensurate position/s within 3 months of the completion of the recruitment without any further advertisement or interview. Please note this recruitment process, including interviews, will be conducted remotely.

Principal Solicitor Advocate (VPSG6)

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Principal Solicitor Advocate (VPSG6)