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Civil/Family Law Mentor - Solomon Islands

05 June 2019

  • Bring your skills and experience to improve legal systems in the Solomon Islands
  • Increase access to legal support for all Solomon Islanders
  • Volunteer Service Abroad covers costs while you are on assignment, including travel, accommodation, living allowance and more

Are you passionate about upskilling young lawyers and improving judicial systems in developing countries? If so, we have an assignment for you based in the Public Solicitor’s office (PSO) in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The PSO was established to provide legal representation for disadvantaged people appearing before the courts. They work in various areas including criminal, family, and land law. Over the last three years, the PSO has focused on building capacity in family protection.

Currently the PSO has a shortage of experienced lawyers to provide effective legal assistance for those facing criminal prosecution in Solomon Islands.

You will be working alongside PSO Management and the Solomon Islands Justice Programme’s (SLJP) Training and Professional Development Adviser. Together you will develop the legal capability of the lawyers of the PSO. This will involve mentoring, advising and implementing an ongoing education programme.

Supporting the lawyers with their preparation, written submissions, applications and advising them during court appearances will lead to an improved justice system and access to justice in the provinces.

This assignment requires you to be creative, adaptable in your approach and comfortable working with minimal resources.

VSA assignments provide a unique opportunity for professional development by sharing your skills to build thriving communities in the Pacific and beyond.

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • At least three years of post-admission experience preferably in civil and/or family law
  • The ability to analyse files and direct further enquiries and preparation
  • Experience drafting court applications and submissions to a high standard
  • Experience providing legal training to colleagues
  • The ability to work in low-resource environments
  • The ability to work alongside lawyers some of who struggle to use analytical skills
  • Available to commit for a 6 month+ assignment (ideally 2 years)

About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development.  We cover living allowances, accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA.

Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

How to apply

Visit the VSA website to download the assignment description and to apply online.

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Last updated on the 5th June 2019