Police Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Frankston - Bayside Peninsula
Reference: VG/JE20044039G
Closing Date: 06-Dec-2023
Salary Range: $74,580 - $90,558
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description.docx (Word, 577KB)

2. Application Form.docx (Word, 627KB)

Contact: Lauren Savage
(03) 9265 3135 or Lauren.Savage@police.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain experience working as a Police Lawyer in the Courts and Specialist Prosecutions Division of the Victoria Police Legal Services Department (LSD). Our vision is to be a centre of prosecutorial and legal excellence, with people who are recognised as being fair, just, and valued partners in the Victorian justice system.

Victoria Police's LSD provides legal services and advice to support policing, courts, and the Victorian Community. The LSD is led by an Executive Director (who is also the organisation's General Counsel) and employs over 800 staff spread across four divisions – the Office of the Executive Director; the Legal Practice Division (incorporating the Civil Law Division); the Courts and Specialist Prosecutions Division; and the Legal Business Operations Division.

The Courts and Specialist Prosecutions Division is currently enhancing its advocacy response to meet the expansion of court networks and specialist jurisdictions across Victoria. We are therefore seeking enthusiastic, skilled, and dedicated Police Lawyers to meet this demand. Alongside sworn police prosecutors, Police Lawyers appear in a range of criminal prosecutions and family violence intervention order applications in both the Magistrates' and Children's Courts.

This position sits within the Frankston Prosecutions Unit, with the successful candidate required to appear as a solicitor advocate in both criminal prosecutions and family violence intervention order applications at locations that Frankston Prosecutions Unit services.

To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate an ability to appear as a court advocate and manage competing priorities effectively, with a sound understanding of the Victorian criminal justice system.

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

Your duties will include:

  • Preparing, conducting, and appearing as a solicitor advocate on behalf of Victoria Police in the Magistrates' and Children's Courts as directed.
  • Managing a range of cases, including the prosecution of criminal and family violence intervention order matters.
  • Provision of legal advice in areas of skill and knowledge, including the drafting of court submissions.
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships within Victoria Police.
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders across agencies to ensure cooperative and proactive approaches to addressing community harm.
  • Establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with legal representatives and court staff.
  • You may also be required to provide professional guidance to Legal Support Officers as directed by senior managers.

As the successful applicant, you will:

  • Have an Australian Practising Certificate or be immediately eligible to apply for one.
  • Be able to work in a team and in a developing and emerging work environment.
  • Have a high level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • Have sound knowledge and understanding of the Victorian criminal justice system and a commitment to keeping abreast of changing trends, policies, and legislation.
  • A current and valid Victorian Driver Licence.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, ongoing position available.
  • The salary range for a VPS3 role is $73,842 to $89,661 (covering salary ranges VPSG 3.1 and VPSG 3.2).  Although it is standard practice for selected candidates to commence at the base of the salary range, genuine consideration will be given to a commencement salary within the available range that is commensurate with the successful candidate's knowledge, skills, and experiences. This will be subject to negotiations with the Hiring Manager during the selection process and may include the provision of evidence of a higher income and/or supporting documentation (as required).
  • As a member of the Courts and Specialist Prosecutions Division of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office for a particular advertised opportunity. The primary location for this position is Frankston Prosecutions Unit, 15 Fletcher Road, Frankston. However, given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department. This promotes professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains and supports the Department's commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce.
  • This position may require you to work outside normal hours.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.

Your application must include:

  • A Cover letter (no more than 1 page)
  • Resume
  • Completed application form – the word document (2. VPS Application Form) for you to complete and attach to your submission, is attached to the job advertisement.
  • A copy of your current Australian Practising Certificate

Applications close midnight, Wednesday 6 December 2023.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms: Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) website, Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) 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, please contact: Lauren Savage on (03) 9265 3135 or via email Lauren.Savage@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 or on (03) 8533 1440.

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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