New Zealand Law Society - Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyer - Auckland Region

Intermediate Criminal Defence Lawyer - Auckland Region

Manukau Public Defence Service
Are you passionate about criminal law?
The Manukau PDS has entered a new and exciting phase of its history with the appointment of a new Public Defender and Senior Management team.

We are now looking for junior and intermediate lawyers to join our outstanding team - the largest criminal defence office in New Zealand. Our office serves the most diverse community in New Zealand and we particularly welcome applicants who reflect that community.

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga/About the role

We are looking for Intermediate lawyers with at least 24 months experience who have a strong desire to develop their career in the specialist area of criminal advocacy. We welcome those new or returning to criminal law.
You will find challenge and satisfaction with a varied case-load. You will undertake trials and appearances in the judge-alone and jury trial jurisdiction. You will have expert, talented and respected colleagues around who will mentor you and support your development to the next level of your career. You will also provide on-the job coaching to less experienced lawyers. The PDS is well known for its comprehensive professional development programme in criminal litigation and is considered an excellent training ground.

Mō te tīma/About our team

The PDS provides high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. Aimed at helping people access justice, the PDS promotes the values of integrity, teamwork, accountability, resilience and the delivery of excellent service to its clients.
"You never know what each day will bring. I love the rush the job can bring whilst being able to sit and critically think about a legal issue." (Claire)

Join us now

We are looking for someone who:

is qualified to practice law in New Zealand
has confidence in their ability to develop credibility with judges, peers and others in the legal community
is committed to being the voice of some of the most marginalised people in the criminal justice system
is passionate about criminal justice and ready to contribute to representing clients in the most diverse community in New Zealand
is happy to be part of a team who support and rely on one-another.

This is an exciting role where you work to serve the South Auckland community. It is a challenging but truly satisfying job working together with our team of lawyers and support staff who love what they do.

Ka whiwhi koe i te aha/What you will get in return

As a valued member of the team you will enjoy benefits such as:

  • a competitive salary
  • outstanding administrative support
  • incredible work/life balance
  • generous leave entitlements
  • flexible working arrangements, including part time and working from home
  • first class training and outstanding professional development
  • laptop and mobile phone provided.

As well as other benefits such as discounts on gym memberships, dentists, medical insurance, and hearing and eye test contributions.

Tono mai/How to apply

To apply, click here to be directed to our careers website. You can view a detailed position description here, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

The appointing salary will be within in a band depending on skills and experience between $80,473 -$105,089 (Band PDS4).

If you would like a confidential discussion before making an application, please contact Mark Williams, Public Defender Manukau via email;

Applications close Sunday, 24 October 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact

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