Legal Support Officer

Job Description

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is seeking applications for a temporary Legal Support Officer to be based in Rockhampton. The role is full time and would suit a recent law graduate or student with an interest in criminal law. Legal Support Officers assist Crown Prosecutors and Legal Officers to prepare and present matters to the Court. The incumbent must maintain confidentiality in relation to the work that they are allocated.

The ideal candidate will:

Have an understanding of the criminal justice system.
Be a team player who can work under pressure with minimal supervision.
Manage their time effectively.
Be an effective communicator.
Possess administrative, word processing and database skills.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Legal Support Officer, the incumbent will undertake a combination of the following:

Provide administrative support to Legal Officers and Crown Prosecutors in the preparation of prosecution briefs for trial and sentence.
Obtain additional statements from witnesses, order criminal history checks and contact arresting officers for additional information and listing instructions.
Liaise with and conduct routine correspondence with police officers, other legal practitioners, and court staff.
Attend to court related filing and maintain appropriate records of documents filed.
Maintain a thorough and reliable bring-up system for matters dealt with in the Chambers.
Prepare and arrange the service of subpoenas.
Sensitively provide information to victims and other witnesses.
Undertake circuits of up to three weeks duration at centres throughout the State (as required).

Please note:

Applicants are advised that the work of the ODPP exposes employees to sensitive material and material containing offending behaviours and criminal activity.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1984 requires persons seeking employment with the ODPP to disclose their criminal history (including convictions not yet recorded).  Criminal history checks will be undertaken by the ODPP on recommended applicant(s).
How to apply:

Submit your CV and cover letter (two pages maximum) to dppjobs@justice.qld.gov.au by Thursday 12 May 2022. 

For further information:

Contact Katie Ziebell, Practice Manager, Rockhampton Chambers at dppjobs@justice.qld.gov.au 

Information on the work of the ODPP is available at

http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/corporate/justice-agencies/office-of-the-director-of-public-prosecutions