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Hiring Organization Ministry of Justice
Post Name Lawyer
Qualification LLB
Industry Government
Employment Type  Full Time
Work Hours  8 Hours
Salary NZD 5000 To NZD 5500 Per Month
 Location  Auckland, New Zealand 1010

About the Role

We are looking for a junior-level lawyer, with a PAL1 or close to obtaining, who has completed duty lawyer training and has a strong desire to develop their career in the specialist area of criminal advocacy. This is not a graduate position.

The successful candidate will join the team in our central Auckland office. We are a supportive and welcoming team of legal and support staff with a range of experience and a huge opportunity to develop and share your criminal defense skills in a busy and sometimes challenging environment.

You will find challenge and satisfaction with a varied caseload, including trials and appearances.  You will have expert and talented colleagues around who will mentor you and support your development to the next level of your career.

The PDS is well known for its comprehensive professional development program in criminal litigation and is considered an excellent training ground and full of opportunities for a successful legal career. 

You have skills/Skills and Experience

To be successful you must:

  • Be passionate about criminal justice issues
  • Have a PAL1 listing or are close to obtaining
  • Be qualified to practice law in New Zealand

You will be developing an ability to build credibility with judges, peers, and others in the legal community. As an important member of a close-knit team you will enjoy exchanging ideas and brainstorming – and providing support and light relief when required.  You will have empathy and the ability to relate to a wide range of people.  This is a challenging but truly satisfying job and our lawyers love what they do.

About our Team

At Te Tāhū o te Ture – the Ministry of Justice, we’re committed to working together for a fair and safe New Zealand. The Public Defence Service (PDS) provides high-quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. Aimed at helping people access justice, the PDS promotes the values of respect, integrity, service, and the delivery of excellent service to its clients.

The PDS is part of the Ministry of Justice and the wider justice sector.  The ministry provides centralized business services, infrastructure, and support to the work of the PDS.

There is always something new to learn which contributes positively to my experience as a Junior Lawyer, this is due to the variety of cases that PDS undertakes and the supervision and support that is available to us. PDS is a fantastic training ground for new lawyers. (Sophia)

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organization that values you and the communities we serve. It’s our promise to ensure our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported, and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture and one where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.


  • Flexible work options may be available
  • Mobile phone and Laptop provided
  • Exceptional training and development

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