LEC 3 Solicitor-Prosecutor

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					                  SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC SERVICE
                  JOB AND PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

Title of Position                                                   Administrative Unit
Solicitor/Prosecutor                                                ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT

Remuneration Level:
LEC 3                                                               Division             Office of the DPP
Type of appointment:                                                Branch
                                                                    Section
q        Ongoing                                                    Position Number
                                                                    Position Docket Number
q        Contract - Temporary (12 mths)                             Occupant
q        Contract - 1 - 5 years

                                                Job and Person Specification Approval


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CHIEF EXECUTIVE/DELEGATE


JOB SPECIFICATION

1.    Summary of the broad purpose of the position, and its responsibilities.
The incumbent is accountable to the Managing Solicitor or Prosecutor of the team to which
they are assigned from time to time, for contributing to the processing of criminal legal
matters through the South Australian Judicial system by preparing files for trial, and through
involvement in the conduct of those trials.

2.       Reporting/Working Relationships (to whom the person reports, staff for whom the person is responsible,
         and other significant connections and working relationships within the organisation.)

The incumbent is responsible to the relevant Managing Solicitor or Managing Prosecutor.

3.       Special Conditions (Such as non-metropolitan location, travel requirements, frequent overtime, etc.)
•        Some out of hours work will be required.
•        Incumbent must have a current driver’s licence.
•        Travel to country areas involving overnight absences may be required. The Office of
         the DPP is located in Adelaide and conducts regular circuits to Port Augusta and Mount
         Gambier, as well as conducting a limited number of summary trials in Magistrates
         Courts around the State.
•        Will be required to work in different sections of the Office over time.
•        Prior to an offer of employment being made, candidates must provide authority for SA
         Police to disclose any criminal offences or charges to the Attorney-General’s
         Department.




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JOB SPECIFICATION (continued)                                                     Position:
                                                                                  Unit:
                                                                                  Approval:
4.   Statement of Key Responsibilities/Duties (Group into major areas of
responsibility/activity and
     list in descending order of importance. For senior positions, statements should be
     made in outcome terms.)

Contribute to the processing of criminal legal matters through the South Australian Judicial
system by:
As a solicitor:
•     Preparing Court files for prosecution by drafting Informations, initiating further enquiries
      from police; preparing advice for the Director; negotiating pleas and the basis of pleas;
      preparing estreatment matters.

•      Liaising with victims of crime including the proofing of child complainants, complainants
       in sexual offences and other offences as required.

•      Appearing in Courts on non-trial matters including arraignments, pre-trial conferences,
       status conferences, sentencing matters, bail applications and reviews, applications to
       fix non-parole periods, applications for forfeiture of property.

•      Preparing and conducting proceedings pursuant to the Crimes (Confiscation of Profits)
       Act.

As a Prosecutor:
•    preparing matters for prosecution in the Supreme or District Court and Courts o    f
     Summary Jurisdiction, including assessing available evidence and advising
     investigators as to supplementing of evidentiary material, seeking advice as to the
     appropriateness of accepting guilty pleas to lesser charges, proofing witnesses.

•      appearing in Courts on non-trial matters including arraignment, pre-trial conferences,
       status conferences, sentencing matters, bail applications and reviews, applications for
       forfeiture of property.

•      appearing in Superior Courts to conduct the prosecution case.

•      being subject to supervision and direction in matters of greater than ordinary
       complexity, and prosecuting at preliminary hearings and acting as junior to senior
       counsel.

General:
•    responsible and accountable for adhering to the requirements of the OHSW Act 1986,
     relevant OHSW Regulations 1995; the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, the PSM Act 1995,
     and the principles of diversity; and the Department’s policies and procedures.


Certified Correct by Line Manager ........................................ ........../........../..........
Acknowledged by Occupant ................................................. ........../........../..........




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PERSON SPECIFICATION (continued)                                                        Position:
                                                                                        Unit:
                                                                                        Approval:

Essential Minimum Requirements (Those characteristics considered absolutely necessary.)
1.      Educational/Vocational Qualifications                  (Include only those listed in PSM Act Direction No. 5 as an
        essential qualification for the specified classification group.)

        Eligible for admission to the Supreme Court of South Australia.

2.      Personal Abilities/Aptitudes/Skills (Related to the job description and expressed in a way which allows
        objective assessment.)


     Ability to analyse legal factual situations.

     Ability to present arguments clearly and cogently.

     Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively.

     Inter-personal skills and personality traits which will enable the appointee to obtain the co-
     operation and support of others.

     Ability to cope effectively with diverse workloads and pressure situations.

     Ability to research legal issues.

     A high degree of objectivity and integrity.

     Ability to think clearly and to make rational decisions and the capacity to express reasons
     for such decisions clearly, whether orally or in writing.

     Initiative and the ability to take responsibility in circumstances where direct supervision is
     not possible.

     Thoroughness in the analysis and preparation of briefs.

3.      Experience (including community experience)

     Extensive experience in the preparation of legal documents in the criminal jurisdiction
     Broad experience appearing in court in trial and/or pre-trial matters in the District and/or
     Supreme Courts

4.      Knowledge
     A comprehensive understanding of the criminal law and evidence
     A theoretical and practical understanding of litigious and non-litigious matters
     An understanding of the preparation and conduct of prosecutions in the criminal courts
     and proceedings in criminal appeals
     Knowledge of Court procedures as related to the Supreme Court and other tribunals.
     Knowledge of the principles and practice of OHSW, Equal Opportunity, the PSM Act
     Employee conduct standards and diversity appropriate to the requirements of the position.




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PERSON SPECIFICATION (continued)                                             Position:
                                                                             Unit:
                                                                             Approval:

Desirable Characteristics (To distinguish between applicants who have met all essential requirements.)
1.      Personal Abilities/Aptitudes/Skills



2.      Experience



3.      Knowledge



4.      Educational/Vocational Qualifications (Considered to be useful in carrying out the responsibilities of the
position.)




5.      Other details




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                                      GUIDELINES TO APPLICANTS
                  for positions within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

ABOUT THE OFFICE
The Director and staff are committed to providing a criminal prosecution service which applies the
highest ethical and professional standards and strives for excellence, efficiency and effective
communication in its work with police, the courts and other entities within the criminal justice system.

The values which provide a framework for the functions within the Office are:

ø        the highest standard of ethical and professional conduct, objectivity, honesty and sensitivity;
ø        full public accountability for the quality of service provided by the Office and for the administration
         of public funds;
ø        a commitment to excellence by regular review and continuous improvement of its performance;
ø        a commitment to the promotion of competence and professionalism in staff through training and
         continuous staff development, recognising that staff are our most important resource; and
ø        sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of victims and witnesses.

It is expected that all staff will share and uphold the values of the Office.

Further information about the Office can be accessed via the ODPP Web Site:            dpp@agd.sa.gov.au.


ABOUT POSITIONS WITHIN THE OFFICE
Staff must be prepared to act in other positions at the same classification within the Office.
All staff are required to undergo an annual performance review.
For some positions within the Office out of hours work will be required.
Some intra and interstate travel necessitating over night stays may be required.


RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION
Recruitment and selection processes undertaken reflect best practice and commitment to a selection
based on merit. From written applications the selection panel will make an initial assessment of the
merit of all applicants in relation to the essential and desirable criteria of the position (as listed in the
Person Specification). Depending on this initial assessment, the panel will decide which applicants
warrant further consideration, eg an interview.

The selection panel must not discriminate against an applicant on the basis of a characteristic unless it
is directly and justifiably related to the requirements necessary to perform the duties of the position.
The grounds for unlawful discrimination are defined in the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.
Your application is your introduction to the selection panel. A well laid out, easy to read application will
allow the panel to assess the information they need from your application. The following information is
provided to assist you in demonstrating your merit in relation to the subject position.

Prior to an offer of employment being made, candidates must provide authority for SA
Police to disclose any criminal offences or charges to the Attorney-General’s
Department.


YOUR APPLICATION
Your application should include a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume, which outlines general information
you need to give to the panel. It should include the following:

     •      Name, address, business/day time telephone contact details
     •      Current position title and remuneration level
     •      Education details
     •      Employment history



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     •     Relevant experience/training course attendance
     •     Three current referees (titles and telephone numbers)

To maximise your chances of being considered further, you must demonstrate in your application that:

a)       You meet all the essential requirements of the Person Specification.
b)       You are capable of carrying out all the duties of the subject position.
c)       You should also comment on the desirable requirements of the Person Specification, which you
         can meet.
d)       Prior to an offer of employment being made, candidates must provide authority for SA
         Police to disclose any criminal offences or charges to the Attorney-General’s
         Department.

Your application should address each criteria and include examples that demonstrate your capabilities
in performing all criteria detailed in the Person Specification. When writing the application remember
that skills, knowledge, experience and abilities gained through voluntary work may be transferable and/or
relevant to the subject position. For example, fundraising for a voluntary agency may have contributed to
the development of your marketing and negotiation skills.


REFEREES
Referee checks are an important part of the selection process. You should ensure that one of your
referees is your immediate supervisor.

You should provide your referees with a copy of the job and person specification before forwarding your
application. You should discuss their opinion of your merit in relation to the listed essential
characteristics of the person specification.


ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC POSITION
The job and person specification for the subject position will contain any special conditions or any
special educational qualifications that may be applicable.


ABOUT THE PROCESS
You will receive an acknowledgement letter once your application is received. The panel will meet as
soon as is practicable after the closing date to assess the merit of each application and to short list
applicants for interview. A minimum of three working days notice will be given of an interview.

The selection panel may decide that other alternative selection techniques (in addition to an interview)
are the best method of assessing the merit of applicants for the subject position. These forms of
assessment are all relevant to specific positions and could include for example a typing speed test and
dictaphone test for the secretarial positions, or a presentation and written assessment for an
administrative position.

All applicants whether short listed or not will receive a letter outlining their status in the process within
three weeks of the close of applications.


FINAL CHECKLIST
Please remember to quote the job number from the advertisement in your application and forward an
original application plus three copies, including the name, address and contact number of three current
referees.

Once you have completed your application and CV, make a final check that you have addressed all the
essential and desirable criteria listed in the Person Specification. Check that you have demonstrated
in your application that you can carry out the duties of the position through the use of examples. Proof
read your application before sending.


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Remember to include The completed ‘Authority to Access Person History Information’ form
with your application.

                We take this opportunity to wish you well with your application!




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