Supervising Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/20035575
Closing Date: 28-Jul-2019
Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: 1. Position Description - C3284.docx (Word, 431KB)
Job Specification

2. VPS Application Form - 20035575.docx (Word, 640KB)
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Contact: Principal Legal Advisor Laura Chipp
(03) 8628 3280 or Laura.Chipp@Police.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About the role:
This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain valuable experience working as a Supervising Lawyer, in the new 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 located in the Specialist Children's Court Prosecution Unit (SCCPU) at Melbourne and offers an opportunity to perform as a manager, advocate and undertake complex legal and policy work in the criminal division of the Children's Court and other areas as directed. The SCCPU unit is a recently developed specialist unit within the Prosecutions division of the Legal Services Department. This position will be based in Melbourne with oversight and people management for a team of 13 staff members. In addition, this role is a senior role within the heart of the SCCPU state-wide unit. SCCPU's primary function is not only to service Melbourne Children's Court but also to provide 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. 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.

Your duties will include:

  • The primary responsibilities of this role will be to manage staff and appear in the Children's Court jurisdiction as well as other jurisdictions, to prosecute matters on behalf of Victoria Police and to offer a strategic approach to specialist prosecutions for complex criminal law matters and Children's Court jurisdiction. 
  • The role will also require effective management of the business and functionality of a team of Police Lawyers and Legal Support staff, all varying in skill 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 to addressing community harm. This role will include working closely with key internal and external stakeholders where you will assist the Principal Legal Advisor of the Specialist Children's Court to provide timely feedback, comment and analysis of current and emerging trends as well as legislative and policy reforms in the youth justice space.
  • You will be responsible for the leadership and support of staff within the Specialist Children's Court Prosecution Unit and will be reporting to the Principal Lawyer of your designated work area.  You will provide management to staff members in SCCPU whilst appearing in court in your capacity as a senior level lawyer.
  • You will assist in the implementation of procedures, policies and programs to support the training of SCCPU portfolio holders across the State.
  • Some of your daily responsibilities will include managing strategies for appropriate representation, providing professional leadership and guidance within the unit, managing Police Lawyers, Police Prosecutors and Legal Support Staff and may be asked to provide general civil and criminal law advice to senior management within the Legal Services Department. 
  • You will also be required to provide data and statistical reports regarding court compliance and processes whilst reporting on the work performance and professional development needs of your designated work unit. You will also provide training and development of Police Prosecutors and also Police Lawyers whilst ensuring compliance with legal professional supervision requirements.


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 of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • High level understanding and experience as a court advocate across all jurisdictions.
  • 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


Requirements and relevant information:

  • Your usual place of work will be at level 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.


Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.


Applications close midnight, Sunday 28 July 2019
- No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role please contact: Principal Legal Advisor Laura Chipp on (03) 8628 3280 or via email Laura.Chipp@Police.vic.gov.au.

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.

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: http://www.policecareer.vic.gov.au


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