Judges Clerk to the Principal Youth Court Judge | Wellington City
|Position Type:||Fixed Term Full Time|
|Attachments:|| Job Description.pdf (PDF, 307KB)
|Application Close Date:||31-May-2019|
Judges Clerk to the Principal Youth Court Judge (Fixed Term), Wellington
The Ministry of Justice invites applications for the position of Judge's Clerk to the Principal Youth Court Judge (“Principal Judge”). This position is based in Wellington.
The Judge's Clerk will:
- undertake legal research and policy development for the Principal Judge;
- assist with projects relating to the administration of the Youth Court, including the provision of legal advice on operational matters relevant to the Youth Court Judiciary;
- support the Principal Judge in his work for the District Court in developing initiatives;
- assist the Principal Judge with legal research to support judgment writing across jurisdictions including Youth, Criminal and Civil;
- keep up to date with changes in the common law and legislation relevant to the Youth Court. This may include writing and circulating explanatory memoranda either at the request of the Principal Judge or on own initiative;
- undertake administrative duties including organising and taking minutes for judicial committee meetings;
- research for and assist with preparation of Law Commission and Select Committee submissions, conferences, papers and speeches;
- respond to legal and procedural queries, including external queries;
- obtain judgments, legislation and articles as requested; and
- edit and publish “Court in the Act”, a quarterly newsletter from the Principal Youth Court Judge.
The Judge's Clerk will report directly to the Principal Judge. The successful applicant will have:
- LLB degree with excellent academic achievement, particularly in Youth Justice and criminal law generally. Electives such as criminal procedure, evidence, civil procedure, and Māori legal studies are of benefit
- Excellent and accurate written and communication skills
- Good computer skills
- Experience with legal publications
- Problem solving skills
- Qualities such as self-motivation, efficiency and initiative; the ability to work independently
- Excellent organisational and time management skills
The position offers new graduates the opportunity to work closely for up to three years with the Principal Judge, gaining insight into the judicial process and broad exposure to the administration of the District Court of New Zealand generally and the Youth Court in particular.
The successful applicant will be expected to commence work on 13 January 2020.
If you wish to apply for this position, please include a University Transcript with your application. The starting salary is $47,687.00 with an opportunity to progress in six-monthly increments to $61,262.00 pa.
The fixed term period is for two years with a right of renewal for a third year.
To apply, click the Apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description at the site, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.
For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.
Applications close 5pm, Friday 31 May 2019.