Solicitor, Higher Court Appeals (VPSG4)

Job posted: 06/05/2022
Applications close: 22/05/2022 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 12 months

Organisation: Office of Public Prosecutions

Salary: $88,955 - $100,930

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/OPPTBC/MAY2022

Reference: VG/OPPTBC/MAY2022

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $88,955 - $100,930

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 440 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.

SolicitorHigher Court Appeals

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) has an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to join our organisation as a Solicitor within our Higher Court Appeals division.

This position is designed to attract solicitors who have experience in the preparation and conduct of matters in the higher courts (Court of Appeal, High Court, common law division of the Supreme Court). 

About the Role:

  • Under direction, prepare and instruct in appeals listed for hearing in the Court of Appeal (conviction, sentence and Director's appeals) and any further appeal to the High Court.
  • Under direction, prepare and instruct in matters for hearing in the common law division of the Supreme Court and civil division of the Court of Appeal (O.56, s.272 appeals).
  • Assist in maintaining management, case tracking and statistical recording systems.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and conduct criminal litigation of varying complexity, including the preparation and conduct of Court of Appeal and High Court proceedings, or the ability to quickly acquire the required knowledge.
  • A thorough knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence law and sentencing law, Court of Appeal processes and experience in performing legal research on moderately complex issues.
  • High level interpersonal skills, with the ability to liaise effectively with relevant stakeholders such as Court of Appeal staff, Victoria Police, defence practitioners, Crown Prosecutors, OPP solicitors, victims and social workers.

For further information, please refer to the attached Position Description.

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, 22 May 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.  

Solicitor, Higher Court Appeals (VPSG4)

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Solicitor, Higher Court Appeals (VPSG4)