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Paralegals - Criminal Law x2


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

Job posted on: 19 March, 2019.
Applications close: 01 April, 2019. (Expired)

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) was established as a community-controlled organisation in 1973 to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system. The organisation has a long and proud history of providing legal and service support for Aboriginal Victorians who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing negative contact with the justice system and advocating locally, nationally and internationally for the rights of Aboriginal people.

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 both Victoria and Tasmania.

Overview

This role supports the work of the VALS legal team by providing a point of first contact and triage for people seeking to access the legal team’s legal services. To ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria who require legal assistance are given the best opportunity to access that assistance, whether through VALS or other external organisations.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

  1. Conduct initial intake for people seeking legal assistance, primarily over the phone but also from time to time in person at the VALS Preston office.
  2. Taking thorough and concise intake notes for legal enquiries, as well as recording mandatory client data for reporting purposes.
  3. Manage large daily volumes of client data and intake material within VALS’ client database, to ensure follow up tasks related to intake and processing are being effectively managed.
  4. Manage and collaborate with volunteers, by allocating tasks and work throughout the day that will best enable them to support the work of the paralegal.
  5. Make timely, appropriate and effective referrals for individuals the VALS criminal team is unable to assist, including to external organisations as well as within VALS, for both legal and non-legal matters.
  6. Actively participate in weekly case planning meetings, to assist the team to determine the extent of any further assistance the VALS is able to offer.
  7. Manage casework files under the supervision of the senior solicitor.
  8. Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required.
  9. Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organisations to support warm referrals to other legal professionals where VALS cannot assist the client.
How to apply for this job

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.