Supervising Lawyer (VPSG5)

Job posted: 08/06/2021
Applications close: 05/07/2021 (Midnight)
16 days remaining

16 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Victoria Police

Salary: $101,120 - $122,348

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/E20035575

Reference: VG/E20035575

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $101,120 - $122,348

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

About the role:

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements. This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain valuable experience working as a Supervising Lawyer in the Specialist Children's Court Prosecution unit (SCCPU) within Victoria Police's Legal Services Department.  The department is increasing its advocacy response to meet the expansion of specialist courts across Victoria to address recidivism and unique offending patterns.  Victoria Police seek enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated advocates to prosecute a range of complex criminal and family violence related matters across multiple courts, jurisdictions and locations across the state.

This role is located within the Specialist Children's Court Prosecution Unit (SCCPU) based at the Melbourne office, and will be subject to ad hoc outreach and appearing in complex advocacy across the state. The primary responsibilities of this role will be to perform as a manager / legal supervisor to staff at Melbourne SCCPU, to undertake complex advocacy, legal and policy work on behalf of Victoria police in the youth justice area and offer a strategic advice to specialist prosecutions for complex criminal law matters in the Children's Court jurisdiction.  The role will require effective management of a hybrid team of police prosecutors, lawyers and legal support staff, all with varying skills and experience.

The role will require you to develop and maintain collaborative internal relationships as well as work with external stakeholders across agencies as part of a broad network that will ensure cooperative and proactive approaches focusing on evidence based policing of cautions and diversions, as well as addressing community harm and reducing youth recidivism. This will include working closely with key internal and external stakeholders. 

You will assist and report to the State-wide Managing Principal Lawyer of SCCPU, and will assist to provide timely feedback, comment and analysis of current and emerging trends as well as legislative and policy reforms in the youth justice space and support the SCCPU state-wide program for Victoria Police.

You will also be required to oversee SCCPU's Melbourne Legal Practice, appear in and prosecute the most complex matters, and mentor and supervise legally qualified staff and Police Prosecutors to undertake to criminal prosecutions of all Children's Court (Criminal Division) matters at Melbourne. You will also provide case advice, support and be briefed to appear for other complex state-wide SCCPU prosecutions.

You will conduct all of your own Advocacy, and will also provide support, training and mentorship to junior lawyers and prosecutors. You will also provide training and development of Police Lawyers whilst ensuring compliance with legal professional supervision requirements. 

The SCCPU Melbourne unit has a team of 18 members.  The SCCPU's primary functions is to service the Melbourne Children's Court and to provide support, advice, ongoing training and specialised advocacy to more than 80 Youth Prosecution Portfolio holders across the state, in a networked community of practice.

You will hold a key position in the SCCPU senior management team and will have influence over the ongoing practice, strategic direction of the unit, and the focus of future projects, pilots and evidence based policing works that the state-wide prioritises and undertakes.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer (Unrestricted Practising Certificate).
  • Ability to work in a team, in a developing and emerging work environment.
  • High level experience of written and oral advocacy matters including routinely appearing in complex indictable contested hearings (preferably in Children's Court matters).
  • Ability to manage high level projects and support the State-wide SCCPU Managing Principal Lawyer with complex projects and policy works.
  • High level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • High level understanding and experience as a court advocate across all jurisdictions, with extensive experience in criminal law and/or Children's Law.
  • High level experience in coaching, mentoring and developing junior Lawyers to undertake high-level advocacy work.
  • A formal management qualification and formal teaching or training qualification would be advantageous.
  • A current and valid Drivers' Licence would be advantageous.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • This position is located at 456 Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
  • 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:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.
  • A copy of your Unrestricted Practising Certificate

Applications close midnight, Monday 5 July 2021.

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:Managing Principal Lawyer, Laura Chipp via email laura.chipp@police.vic.gov.au or (03) 0403 224 105.

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 VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au or on (03) 8335 8081.

About Us:

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: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps

Supervising Lawyer (VPSG5)

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Managing Principal Lawyer, Laura Chipp | (03) 0403 224 105 or laura.chipp@police.vic.gov.au

Supervising Lawyer (VPSG5)