Senior Solicitor Trial Divisions

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: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Closing Date: 21-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: Up to 12 Months
Attachments: OPPTBA - Senior Solicitor - Trial Division PD - June 2023.docx (Word, 198KB)

Contact: OPP Recruitment

Position Details

Senior Solicitor, Trial Divisions - Full Time, Ongoing and Fixed Term (Up to 12 Months)

The OPP have a number of exciting opportunities for Senior Solicitors who possess a strong interest in the criminal jurisdictions of the County and Supreme Courts.

As a Senior Solicitor in the Trial Divisions, you will be responsible for the preparation of large and complex matters, working for early resolution or trial, and instructing Counsel appearing for the Crown. You will also prepare matters for prosecution at committal stage, with the opportunity to work on more highly complex matters with Principal Solicitors and Legal Prosecution Specialists.

As a Senior Solicitor at the OPP, you will also be proactively involved in the supervision of junior legal staff as part of a mutual professional development opportunity and demonstrated leadership skillset.

As an OPP employee you will work in a dynamic and diverse environment, that embraces change, agility, and contributes toward and embraces innovative solutions and ways of working.

As a leader in the criminal justice system the OPP continuously delivers effective outcomes by valuing and supporting its people and delivering high quality prosecutions independently, fairly and efficiently. 

The OPP's culture is shaped by its core values which include:

  • Treating everyone with respect
  • Working collaboratively
  • Embracing innovation
  • Demonstrating professional excellence
  • Acting with integrity

The OPP prioritises and promotes employee health and well-being and aligns with the VPS Mental Health Charter and Wellbeing Charter. 

As a VPS employee you will also have access to range of leave provisions, including paid parental leave, annual leave, long service leave and study leave and as a flexible workplace, arrangements including part-time and compressed working weeks will be considered.

The available positions are Melbourne CBD based, with the opportunity to undertake occasional travel to regional Victoria.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A demonstrated ability to prepare litigation of moderate complexity at an advanced level, including the preparation and conduct of committals, plea hearings and trials.
  • Ability to mentor and influence junior legal staff.
  • Demonstrated competence appearing as a Senior Solicitor Advocate in the Magistrates' and County Courts.
  • High level interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise effectively with both internal and external relevant stakeholders, including OPP staff, Crown Prosecutors, victims and witnesses.

The role of Senior Solicitor at the OPP, requires that you:

  • Are admitted to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer.
  • Hold a current Victorian Practising Certificate.
  • Hold a valid Australian Drivers' License.

The position is assessed as having a medium level of intrinsic risk.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and complete the online questionnaire located on the last page of the application process. 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 21 July 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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