Coroner's Legal Officer x2

The Coroners Court of Victoria is a specialist court established to investigate certain types of deaths and fires. The purpose of these investigations is to consider ways that similar deaths and fires may be prevented in the future. For more information visit Court Services Victoria (CSV) is the employer of staff at all Victorian courts and tribunals, the Judicial College of Victoria, and the Judicial Commission of Victoria. CSV offers a wide range of legal and non-legal career options as well as attractive employee benefits. CSV strongly encourages applications from people of any gender, age, religion, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds, including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
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Department: Court Services Victoria
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ8860_DJ8867
Closing Date: 19-Mar-2018
Salary Range: $81,354 - $92,304
Job Duration: until 02/04/2020
Attachments: DJ8860_DJ8867 - Candidate Application Form.doc (Word, 80KB)

DJ8860_DJ8867- Position Description .doc (Word, 67KB)

Contact: Jessica Wilby
(03) 8688 0779

Position Details

The Coroners Court of Victoria (CCOV) was established on 1 November 2009 with the introduction of the Coroners Act 2008 (Vic).  The Court is led by the State Coroner of Victoria.

The Coroners Court is an inquisitorial jurisdiction. The role of the Coroners Court is to conduct an independent investigation into reportable deaths and fires, for the purpose of finding the cause of those deaths and fires.  By its work, the Coroners Court contributes to the reduction of the number of preventable deaths and fires, the promotion of public health and safety and the administration of justice.

Having received a report of certain deaths (and fires), the coroner's investigation seeks to establish the facts to ascertain if possible (in relation to a death), the identity of the person who died, the cause of death and the circumstances in which the death occurred.

The coronial jurisdiction is a sensitive, demanding and confronting environment that attracts significant public scrutiny.  Court staff are required to be responsive to a culturally diverse Victorian community and be prepared to engage effectively with clients in an emotional and distressed state.  Court staff are required to have sufficient emotional maturity to manage exposure to material that may be graphic and disturbing. In relation to the work undertaken, adherence to the highest levels of confidentiality is a mandatory requirement.

Due to the nature of working in a legal environment, employees of the Coroners Court of Victoria may be exposed to challenging and/or confronting material and experiences. Court Services Victoria takes steps to minimise the impact and provides support mechanisms to all employees.

CSV embraces diversity amongst our staff and we welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability.

The Coroner's Legal Officer reports to the Senior Legal Counsel.  The primary responsibility of a Coroner's Legal Officer is the end to end case management of reportable death investigations to better support coroner.

We will strongly consider:

1.The quality of the application. 

2. An appreciation of working in a judicial environment.

3. Demonstrated complex legal writing skills (preferably for judicial officers).

4. Investigative experience.

This role does not require the successful applicant to engage in legal practice and therefore will not be required to have a current practising certificate.

Please be advised that this is an entry level position or a transfer at level.

How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, outlining professional skills, knowledge and personal qualities.  Applications should include:

1) resume       

2) a short covering letter and

3) completed application form (see file attachment).

You are only required to address the Key Selection Criteria listed in the Application Form. Individual responses to “key selection criteria” listed on the Position Description are not required. Attachments can be uploaded in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Applicants should view the full position description attached to this advertisement before applying. 

For all enquiries regarding this position, please contact  Jessica Wilby on (03) 8688 0779.

Applications close Monday 19 March 2018 


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