Senior Legal Advisor - Prosecutions Support, Systems Advice and Capability

Listed 10 days Ago
Crown Law
Legal Services


Full time / permanent

Be part of the Public Prosecutions Unit’s work to support the Solicitor-General’s oversight of public prosecutions.

Mō mātou | About us 

Crown Law provides legal advice and representation to the Government of New Zealand in the areas of criminal, public and administrative law. As the kaitiaki of the rule of law, we support the Solicitor-General and Attorney-General to determine the Crown’s view of the law. We also provide leadership for the networks of Crown Solicitors, public prosecuting agencies and in-house Government lawyers.

Mō te Tūranga | About the Role

Do you relish the challenge of trying to understand how effectively public prosecution services are being provided, as well supporting work to improve those services? If so, this position may appeal to you.

The Public Prosecutions Unit (PPU) was formed to support the increasing oversight of public prosecutions and the need to better manage the costs associated with Crown Prosecutions. As part of this work, the PPU administers the Crown Solicitor network including the funding of Crown Prosecutions, the conducting of performance reviews and the administration of the Crown Prosecutor classification system. In addition, the PPU also works closely with prosecuting agencies by undertaking reviews of their prosecution functions as well as supporting work undertaken by the Public Prosecutions Advisory board.

The purpose of the Senior Legal Advisor role is to lead the development and implementation of initiatives which include:

  • Identifying additional approaches to ensure consistent prosecution standards are being applied across NZ’s public prosecuting agencies as part of the Solicitor-General’s general oversight of public prosecutions
  • Supporting the Crown Solicitor network to further develop its capability across identified topic areas such as cultural competency, prosecutor wellbeing, and enable the sharing of system wide best practice standards 
  • Support the PPU and the Deputy Solicitor-General (Criminal) to investigate strategic opportunities to further enhance the Solicitor-General’s oversight role.

This is a permanent role where the ideal candidate will have a strong general understanding of the New Zealand Justice sector but also an in-depth knowledge of public prosecutions services. As the role requires a high level of stakeholder engagement you will need to have experience in engaging across a variety of stakeholders at different organisational levels, combined with the ability to lead and deliver on a variety of projects. 

Te Tari Ture o te Karauna | Crown Law Overview

Crown Law offers a flexible working environment and provides active career development through mentoring and training. At Crown Law you will work with corporate professionals and public lawyers committed to the rule of law and find professional challenges and opportunities that you won't find anywhere else. You will be working for a Government department that operates at the heart of New Zealand’s constitution. Crown Law is underpinned by strong values that ‘how’ we do our work is as important as ‘what’ we do. This is an exciting role, working in a great team, in an organisation with a clear vision that makes a real difference for New Zealanders. 

Crown Law embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and celebrate the collective talent of all employees. We also support different flexible working arrangements to enable us to be at our best. Please talk to us about how we can make this work for you.

This position is based in Wellington.

Ngā ture e pā ana ki te Mate Urutā | COVID-19 vaccination requirements:

Crown Law strongly encourages its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a part of the job application process, we ask that applicants voluntarily disclose their vaccination status. Where disclosed, the information is held anonymously, without names. The reason for this is so that we are able to keep sight of our organisational vaccination baseline over coming months, as the COVID-19 environment continues to change at pace. 

Tēnā tonoa mai | Apply Now

To be considered for a position at Crown Law you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand and are required to complete a Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Check.

All applications require a cover letter and curriculum vitae to be considered.

Applications Close: 5pm, 3 July 2022

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