Senior Solicitor - Prosecutions Team | Whangarei
|Position Type:||Permanent Full Time|
|Attachments:|| Senior Solicitor JD (Prosecutions) August 2018.pdf (PDF, 397KB)
|Application Close Date:||20-Sep-2018|
Senior Solicitor- Prosecutions (Northern Region) Team, Whangarei
Permanent full time and potential fixed term opportunities
The primary sector is critical to New Zealand's growth. The sector makes up over 75 percent of New Zealand's merchandise exports and primary industries are the largest user of New Zealand's natural resources. The Ministry for Primary Industries is focussed on “growing and protecting New Zealand.” To achieve this MPI works across a range of areas, including fisheries, trade, forestry, food, biosecurity and animal welfare.
We are looking for a Senior Solicitor to join our highly skilled but very collegial Prosecutions Team, which is responsible for the provision of legal advice and prosecution services in respect of a wide array of matters where non-compliance of the legislation that MPI administers is identified. This may involve matters pertaining to recreational and commercial fishing breaches, the illegal milling of trees, the production and sale of non-compliant food and animal products, the import of unwanted pests and organisms at the border, to the welfare of animals on farms or the identification and tracing of their movement.
You will have excellent written and oral skills and be able to communicate with clients clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing. Your legal advice will be well-researched, contextualised and solution-focussed with options for managing any legal risk identified. You will also need to have good interpersonal skills, as being able to work collaboratively with colleagues as well as being able to build and maintain effective professional working relationships with clients across MPI's branded business units are also important aspects of the role.
A core part of the job will involve conducting the Ministry's prosecutions in the District Court in accordance with relevant policy and legislation. The Ministry prides itself on being a model litigant and you will be required to exercise sound judgement and professional integrity at all times. The types of matters that you may be required to appear on range from simple sentencings and pre-trial hearings, to complex sentencings and Judge-Alone trials involving category 2 and category 3 offences. For this you will ideally have completed relevant litigation skills training, have a good level of trial experience and hold either level 3 or level 4 classification as set out in the Crown Law for in-house prosecutors.
As part of the wider Legal Services Directorate you will also have other responsibilities that may involve you advising on the interpretation of statutory provisions and new legislation, doing opinion work on wider issues, providing legal advice on OIA requests, and supporting and providing training to frontline staff.
The role is based in the Ministry's office in Whangarei. However, from time to time some domestic travel may be required.
To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.
For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact Ruth.Greening@mpi.govt.nz
Applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand, and must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand. You must have a current driver's licence and a current practising certificate (or be eligible to obtain one).
Applications close: Thursday 20 September 2018.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone's differences are valued and respected. We welcome enquires from everyone and value diversity in the workplace and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements. MPI is an employer of choice.