Police Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Melbourne - Southern Metro
Reference: VG/E20021670D
Closing Date: 06-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $72,751 - $88,336
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description.docx (Word, 577KB)

2 Application Form.docx (Word, 627KB)

1. Position Description.docx (Word, 577KB)

2 Application Form.docx (Word, 627KB)

Contact: Senior Sergeant Cameron Gould
9767 7443 or cameron.gould@police.vic.gov.au

Position Details

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain valuable experience working as a Police Lawyer within an established, contemporary and agile organisation.

Victoria Police are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, skilled, and dedicated Police lawyer to appear in both the criminal and civil jurisdictions of the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.   

The Police Lawyer role operates within a team of Lawyers and sworn Victoria Police personnel, offering opportunities to tailor your skill to an array of matters of varying complexity. You will be expected to perform in court advocacy, caseload management and offer legal advice and information to a range of clients in the areas of intervention order proceedings, criminal prosecutions, Civil Law, and other areas as directed. 

The successful applicant will be expected to work within a team environment where collaboration is modelled, and multiple members contribute to the ongoing case management of files, applications and briefs of evidence through to finalisation at court.

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

Your duties will include:

  • Caseload management and associated administrative tasks.
  • Exercise sound understanding of legislation and Victoria Police policy through the provision of legal advice/information to a range of clients in the areas of family violence and other areas as directed.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Negotiate matters with parties/legal representatives at an early stage as required by the PCE model.
  • Exercise professional and audience-tailored communication (written and verbal) with affected family members, affected persons (victims), respondents and witnesses; each varying in age, gender, ability and demographic.
  • Prepare court lists in advance of hearing dates.
  • Compile written correspondence ranging from internal communiques to written submissions for tender in court.
  • Provide support and assistance to Police Prosecutors, Senior and Supervising Lawyers in the management of more complex cases. You may also be required to provide professional guidance to Legal Support Officers as directed by your senior managers. 

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer.
  • Opportunity to develop and maintain collaborative relationships within the expansive Victoria Police workforce. 
  • You will work with internal and external stakeholders across agencies as part of a broad network that will ensure cooperative and proactive approaches to addressing community harm.
  • The position offers ongoing professional development opportunities where you will be supported to develop and apply your skills to an array of matters.
  • As the successful applicant you will need to demonstrate an ability to handle demanding court lists, manage competing priorities effectively, be self-driven and solution focused. You will be required to apply a high level of attention to detail and have exceptional time-management skills.
  • Australian Practising Certificate or be immediately eligible to apply for one.
  • Ability to work in a team and in a developing and demanding work environment.
  • Sound judgment, a high level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to manage stakeholder relationships.
  • Current valid driver's licence would be desirable.  

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, ongoing position available.
  • This position is located at Dandenong Prosecutions Unit, 50 Langhorne St Dandenong.
  • 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.
  • In accordance with the Acting Chief Health Officer's Direction – COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, you are required to be fully vaccinated (this includes a booster vaccination) and your employment with Victoria Police is subject to proof of vaccination.
  • 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 – the word document (2. Application form) for you to complete and attach to your submission, is attached to the job advertisement. 
  • A copy of your Australian Legal Practising Certificate.

Applications close midnight, Tuesday 6th December 2022.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) the Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) website or Seek.
Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

Current Victorian Government employees must apply via Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE). 

For further information on this role please contact: Senior Sergeant Cameron Gould on (03) 9767 7443 or cameron.gould@police.vic.gov.au. No recruitment agency calls please.

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 6004.

About Us:

Victoria Police has a dedicated workforce of more than 22,000 employees consisting of police, protective services officers, police custody officers, and public service staff. Each employee plays a vital role in providing the 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and public safety capability the organisation delivers to its community. As a Victoria Police employee, you have a dedication and commitment to community safety. 

Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve is important to Victoria Police. We want to attract and retain people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities, and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply as we celebrate the benefit that diversity brings to our employees, our services, and our community.

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps

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