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Lawyer - Launceston


Employer: Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Indigenous, Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional TAS

Job posted on: 21 March, 2019.
Applications close: 01 April, 2019. (Expired)

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Service was established in 2015 by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) to deliver culturally appropriate legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Tasmania. We have offices in Hobart and Launceston and deliver legal services State-wide to all courts.

We strive to:

  • Promote social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Promote the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to empowerment, identity and culture;
  • Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy their rights, are aware of their responsibilities under the law and have access to appropriate advice, assistance and representation;
  • Reduce the disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system; and
  • Promote the review of legislation and other practices which discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The organisation has grown over the years (with further expansion options being pursued) and now offers criminal, family and civil law services, client services support, community legal education and a range of community justice support programs in Tasmania.

Overview

This role is to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information in criminal law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Tasmania.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

  1. Appear as an advocate in various courts including the Magistrate’s and Supreme Courts of Tasmania, in criminal and family violence and restraint order matters.
  2. Deliver a quality legal service by providing advice and conducting casework in criminal law, family violence and restraint order matters for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Tasmania.
  3. Interact with Aboriginal clients in culturally appropriate and respectful ways.
  4. Work collaboratively and respectfully with all staff.
  5. Participate in an on call after hours roster and provide emergency advice to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Tasmania. Further, ensure all clients receive legal advice whilst in custody or are appropriately referred.
  6. Participate in community legal education projects and other projects as required.
  7. Participate in regular case-planning and staff meetings.
  8. Contribute to the collaborative relationship between TACLS and other organisations, including, but not limited to, Aboriginal community organisations, community legal centres, the private profession and government departments.
  9. Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of issues impacting the justice system and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Tasmania.
  10. Undertake and continue in ongoing learning to support engaging with clients, colleagues and community including professional legal education and cultural training.
How to apply for this job

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