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Legal Services

Legal Adviser in Training – Cumbria – 50436
£36,049 – £41,095
Multiple Locations

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Eligibility – You must have already completed your traineeship before being eligible for the Legal Adviser in Training role.

Assessment – please note if there are numerous applications the sift for this will take place on the first behaviour and the two technical abilities.

Please note there will be a requirement for reasonable travel.

The Role

The purpose of the role is to be trained as a Legal Adviser to be able to represent the Justices’ Clerk as Legal Adviser to Magistrates and District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) in accordance with The Courts Act, 2003, the Justices’ Clerks Rules, Practice Directions and protocols.

A candidate for this post must be legally qualified having completed their academic stage of training to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in accordance with The Assistants to Justices’ Clerks (Amendment) Regulations 2007, and will have completed the vocational stage of training as a Solicitor or Barrister. This means that the role holder must have completed the SRA training contract for solicitor or pupillage for barristers.

Training

On commencement of the role of a Legal Adviser in Training, the role holder will be required to participate in the Judicial Studies Board Legal Adviser Induction Training Programme. Upon successful completion of the requirements of the programme the role holder should be able to satisfy the base line competences as a Tier 1 Legal Adviser.

The length of this process will depend upon the knowledge and experience already gained by the role holder but will not take longer than two years.

After a relevant induction period and observing court sittings with an experienced Legal Adviser the Legal Adviser in Training should move swiftly into supervised sittings. The Legal Adviser in Training will also undertake such administrative functions as direct with a view to ensure a full appreciation of the work of the Magistrates’ Courts. The purpose of this development is to provide the Legal Adviser in Training with the knowledge and skills of court procedures and utilising their knowledge within a court setting.

Functions of the Role

During the training period, the Trainee will be experiencing and learning how to undertake and undertaking the following functions:-

  • Manage the court room so that it runs efficiently and effectively
  • Advise the Bench on law, practice and procedure
  • Facilitate the decision making process applying a structured approach, identifying relevant issues to be incorporated into Justices’ reasons
  • Assist with the drafting of Justices’ reasons
  • Communicate in clear and concise language
  • Promote partnership and team working with colleagues and the Bench
  • Use delegated judicial powers effectively for the purpose of effective case management
  • Facilitate the administration in the court room, with the use of IT
  • Conduct legal research as appropriate to carry out the functions of the role

Knowledge and Skills

A Legal Adviser in Training will be expected to develop knowledge, skills and experience which will include:-

  • Knowledge of the legal and administrative functions of the court room
  • Knowledge of adult and youth criminal and civil law and/or family law and procedure
  • Communications skills, to enable the ability to communicate effectively at all levels, both verbally and in writing
  • Interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective relationships with staff, magistrates and court users, at all levels and work as part of a team
  • Organisational skills in order to manage the court room
  • The ability to analyse problems and situations quickly and effectively and adapt to change
  • The competent use of IT and legal resource material

Problem Solving

The Legal Adviser in Training is required to learn and become equipped to advise in court resolving those issues within the competence of a Tier 1 Legal Adviser.

Decision making

Own Decisions

There are three main areas of decision making: – Judicial, Legal & Administrative.

Judicial Decisions

The Justices’ Clerk has discretion delegate to the role holder a range of delegated powers. The precise range and extent of powers delegated to the role holder fall to the discretion of the Justices’ Clerk; who may grant such delegated powers to a competent trainee during their training period.

Legal Decisions

Legal decisions include identifying the pertinent legal issues of a case which may arise in court, which may often be difficult or contentious. This may include dentifying relevant statutes and case law and undertaking appropriate legal research, using IT resources to ensure soundly based outcomes are achieved.

Administrative Decisions

Administrative decisions include decisions that relate to progressing cases efficiently and effectively through the court process. This can include prioritising cases that have all parties and paperwork present, avoiding delays to witnesses; ensuring defendants held in custody are dealt with promptly, avoiding adjournment of cases, making best the best use of the court time available and the resource of the bench and advocates present in the court room.

Out of Court Functions

When not sitting in court, the Legal Adviser in Training will be required to check their court papers, research legal issues appertaining to the cases allocated to their court and participate in other team administrative functions as directed by their Legal Team Manager.

Advice to Others

Examples include:-

  • Advising the Bench – Magistrates and District Judges during cases
  • Assisting the Magistrates to prepare reasons for their decisions following a structure
  • Ensuring unrepresented defendants understand the procedures to be followed, providing guidance as to the nature of the offence
  • Providing advice and guidance to administrative members of staff in relation to all aspects of law and legal procedure
  • Providing advice and guidance to other external organisations and members of the public in relation to all aspects of law and procedure
  • Providing advice and guidance to both prosecution and defence advocates in relation to all aspects of law and legal procedure
  • Providing advice and guidance on various aspect of law and procedure to the Police

Career Development

Participation through the Legal Adviser Induction Training Programme will require the Legal Adviser in Training to have regular contact with their Line Manager who will set performance objectives to facilitate progress through the programme. The Legal Adviser in Training will be expected to achieve those objectives, managing their day to day performance with a view to attaining and maintaining the Tier1 Legal Adviser baseline competences and maintain their own continuing professional development requirements.

Having successfully completed the Induction Programme it is expected that the Legal Adviser in Training will be able to act as a Legal Adviser in adult criminal and civil courts, and/or youth criminal and civil courts and/or Family Proceedings Courts without supervision.

Driving licence essential

Salary

£36,049 - £41,095

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on UKor Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.