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 400 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.
The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) have a number of opportunities for Junior Solicitors across our Legal Practice including our Trial Divisions and County Court Appeals & Contraventions division.
The role of a Junior Solicitor is designed to attract solicitors who have exposure to the criminal jurisdiction or are interested in establishing and consolidating a strong criminal practice skill base through the preparation and conduct of criminal litigation, particularly at the Magistrates' and County Court level.
The positions are fixed term for a period of up to 12 months. To be considered for this position candidates must be admitted to practise by 2 May 2021.
About the Role:
Junior Solicitors at the OPP will be exposed to a variety of cases of minimal complexity across and are required to prepare/instruct on straight forward summary prosecutions, committals, plea hearings, trials, appeals and other hearings in the Magistrates' Court and County Court.
As an ideal candidate you will:
The positions are based at Melbourne, however some regional travel (under supervision) is requirement of the Junior Solicitor position. A vehicle and overnight accommodation are provided as required.
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 can be found on the last page of the application process. This questionnaire will ask you to address the Key Selection Criteria.
Please note there is an error in the questionnaire for KSC 2. This should read as 'KSC2: Ability to undertake legal research'
The OPP is a diverse employer and welcomes applications from applicants from all backgrounds.
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 2 May 2021
Persons considering applying for this position should note that the recruitment process for this position may be used to fill a commensurate position/s within 3 months of the completion of the recruitment without any further advertisement or interview.
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