VACANCY: Post of Crown Counsel I

Crown Prosecution Service, Department of Justice,Saint Lucia

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE : Crown Counsel I
DEPARTMENT : Crown Prosecution Service
MINISTRY : Department of Justice
REPORTS TO : Director of Public Prosecutions
SUPERVISES : N/A
CLASSIFICATION : Grade 15

RELATIONSHIPS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Provides effective prosecution of criminal matters in the Magistrates’ Court and the High
  • Court on behalf of the Crown;
    Works under the direction of and reports to the Director of Public Prosecutions;
  • Required to respond whenever necessary to the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions on matters related to work in progress.
DUTIES AND TASKS
Primary Duties
  1. Provides effective prosecution and disposal of matters in the Magistrates’ Court and the High Court;
  2. Assists in the preparation of submissions for appearances in theCourt of Appeal to defend appeals;
  3. Examines depositions and files for Sufficiency Hearings and the subsequent preparation of Indictment for the Criminal Assizes;
  4. Examines investigation files from the police, customs and other agencies and rendering of advice on the pursuit of prosecution of matters;
  5. Represents the Crown in the Magistrates’ Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Secondary Duties
  1. Reviews Police investigation files for indictable cases including sexual offences, grievous harm, dangerous harm, manslaughter, murder, robbery, stealing, fraud and related offences and some summary matters;
  2. Provides legal advice to the Police in relation to matters being investigated and prosecuted by the police;
  3. Prepare and draft indictments in respect of indictable cases filed in the High Court for approval by the Director of Public Prosecutions;
  4. Interviews witnesses in cases being prosecuted at the Magistrates’ Court and High Court;
  5. Monitors the progress of cases and prepares reports on cases conducted;
  6. Advises Government departments on legal matters of a criminal nature;
  7. Participate in case conferences;
  8. Attends and participates in workshops, seminars and conferences organized by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Court of Appeal, Government Ministries, and other local, regional and international agencies.
  9. Engages in research for criminal cases to be adjudicated in the Magistrates’ Court, High Court and Court of Appeal;
  10. Performs any other related duties as delegated by the Director of Public Prosecutions from time to time.
CONDITIONS
  1. Accommodation is provided in a general administrative office;
  2. Institutional support will be provided through appropriate Civil Service Regulations, Statutory Instruments, Collective Agreements and Departmental Guidelines;
  3. Opportunities exist for personal development and career advancement through general and specialized in-service and external training;
  4. Required to maintain confidentiality and integrity;
  5. Required to maintain a motor vehicle for the effective performance of duties;
  6. Functions in a scheduled travelling post and will receive basic travel allowance in accordance with approved rates;
  7. Performance will be evaluated twice yearly in keeping with the Public Service Regulations;
  8. Salary in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated by Government in the Annual Estimates/ Classification of Post;
  9. A Legal Officer’s Allowance and Telephone Allowance will be provided in accordance with contractual agreement/approved rates;
  10. Vacation Leave will be provided in accordance with Public Service Rules and Regulations;
  11. Appointment is contractual;
  12. The post is non-pensionable and therefore the holder of the post is required to contribute to NIC.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
  • Thorough working knowledge of and ability to interpret the Laws of Saint Lucia;
  • Decisiveness, soundness of judgment and clarity of presentation;
  • Ability to draft indictments and prepare legal submissions;
  • Good advocacy skills;
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Working knowledge of the Civil Service Rules and Regulations, Standard Operation Procedures, Staff Orders, the Finance (Administration) Act, Financial Regulations, Procurement and Stores Regulations, Collective Agreements and Departmental Guidelines.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

1. Master of Law Degree plus a Certificate in Legal Education plus two (2) year work experience in legal practice.
OR
2. Bachelor of Law Degree plus Certificate in Legal Education plus three (3) years work experience in legal practice.

EVALUATION METHOD
Work performance will be evaluated on the basis of:
  • Timely implementation and completion of duties and assigned tasks;
  • Ability to complete work in a timely manner and within task deadline;
  • Quantity and quality of work achieved within a given time period;
  • Quality of presentation of cases and/or reports;
  • Competence and quality of advice provided;
  • Application and proven knowledge of existing laws and regulations;
  • Compliance with Departmental, Legal and Constitutional Guidelines and Standard
    Operating Procedures;
  • Compliance with Judicial and Legal Services Rules and Regulations.
Applications, along with two references and certified copies of documents pertaining to qualifications, should be addressed to:

The Secretary
Judicial and Legal Services Commission
2nd Floor, Heraldine Rock Building
The Waterfront
Castries
Saint Lucia, W.I.


To reach him no later than Tuesday, 18th April 2017.

NB: Applications may also be submitted via email to jlsc@eccourts.org. Unsuitable candidates will not be acknowledged. Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications and experience may not be considered for an interview. Only the candidates with the best qualifications and experience will be shortlisted for interview.