Solicitor Advocate

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) is an independent statutory authority responsible for preparing and conducting criminal prosecutions in Victoria on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Matters prosecuted by the DPP and the OPP involve serious crimes or matters that are of significance to the fair and effective operation of the Victorian criminal justice system. The OPP consists of the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions and a staff of approximately 475 providing legal and corporate support to the DPP, the Chief Crown Prosecutor and Crown Prosecutors in the exercise of their independent roles in the criminal justice system.
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Department: Office of Public Prosecutions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/OPP430B
Closing Date: 26-May-2024
Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762
Job Duration: Up to 12 Months
Attachments: OPP430 Solicitor Advocate PD May 2024.docx (Word, 198KB)

Contact: OPP Recruitment

Position Details

Solicitor Advocate

Full Time, Fixed Term – Up to 12 Months (2 positions)

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) has exciting opportunities to join our Advocacy team as a Solicitor Advocate!

Successful incumbents will be predominantly responsible for prosecuting list work in the Magistrates' Court, with further opportunity to prosecute other hearings in consultation with your Manager.

Both positions are Melbourne based; however occasional regional travel may be a requirement of the position. A vehicle and overnight accommodation are provided as required.

About the Role:

  • Preparing and appearing in the Magistrates' Court including mentions and committal case conferences as well as other matters.
  • Engage in discussions with internal and external stakeholders, including Crown Prosecutors, defence solicitors and police informants, to pursue any early resolution opportunities.
  • Communicate with victims and witnesses who attend court effectively and sensitively to keep them informed and involved in the prosecution process.

As an ideal candidate you will have:

  • A thorough knowledge of Criminal Law and Procedure, including the Criminal Procedure Act, the Bail Act and other relevant legislation.
  • The ability to appear in the Magistrates' Court as an advocate in high volume lists.
  • The demonstrated ability to take a proactive role in the early settlement of matters.

For further information, please refer to the attached Position Description.

To apply, you will need to submit a resume, cover letter and complete the online questionnaire which is located on the last page of the application process. This questionnaire will ask you to address some of the Key Selection Criteria which you must complete. Separate responses to the KSC outlined in the position description are not required.

In accordance with the VPS recruitment process all candidates are subject to complete a pre-employment misconduct screening declaration. Further information is available on the VPSC website:

Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 26 May 2024.

The OPP is committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  People from all cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, particularly applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, or those who may experience disability related barriers in securing employment. If you require assistance with the recruitment process, or have accessibility requirements please contact

Persons considering applying for these positions should note that the recruitment process may be used to fill a commensurate position/s within 3 months of the completion of the recruitment without any further advertisement or interview. Please note this recruitment process, including interviews, will be conducted remotely.

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