About the role:
Victoria Police’ Mission is to provide a safe, secure and orderly society by serving the community and the law.
Victoria Police achieves this by:
The delivery of frontline (operational) policing services is supported by a range of organisational Departments and Commands. The Legal Services Department provides expertise across a range of diverse, often complex, legal issues for and on behalf of the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.
As its name suggests, the Legal and Prosecutions Specialist Branch (L&PSB) forms a key role in the delivery of specialist prosecutions on behalf of the Chief (Legal) Counsel to the Chief Commissioner. The establishment of the L&PSB has provided an opportunity for the establishment of dedicated In-House Counsel, driving the recruitment of experienced Senior Advocates who act for Victoria Police in the higher courts and in matters of complexity in relevant Tribunals, Magistrate’s and Children’s Courts.
The commitment to increasing organisational standards and expertise in legal advocacy and legislative performance is aligned with (and compliments) the Victoria Police Capability Framework.
Reporting to the Superintendent L&PSB, the Principal Advocate will be part of the Senior Advocacy Team responsible for prosecuting matters on behalf of Victoria Police and for coaching/mentoring junior Government Lawyers in advocacy skills. There will be significant focus on advocacy in the higher courts with the need for expertise in prosecuting family violence matters and complex matters in the lower courts as required. The successful applicant will actively engage with internal and external stakeholders from across the legal environment, government agencies, the courts and the community – including victims of crime.
The Principal Advocate will demonstrate effective leadership and self-management of performance and workload, as well as supporting the development of junior lawyers (Victorian Public Servants (VPS) VPSG-2 – VPSG-5). The role will also include portfolio management responsibilities, as directed by the Superintendent LPSB.
Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.
Your duties will include:
As the successful applicant, you will have:
Requirements and relevant information:
To be eligible for consideration you must:
Your application must include:
Applications close midnight, Monday 28 September 2020 .
Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; the Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic), Job Skills Exchange (JSE) website or Seek.
Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.
For further information on this role please contact: Stephen Payne (Managing Principal Advocate) on (03) 8628 3635 or via email [email protected]
If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email [email protected] or on (03) 8335 8081.
Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps
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