Crown Counsel (Criminal)

Job Summary

Department: Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Salary: $58896- $65232

Grade: R17 - R13

Allowances: Travel - EC$9600 (non-taxable), Telephone - EC$720 (taxable), Legal - Dependent on experience (taxable)

Deadline Date: Friday April 26, 2019

Days Left: 6

About the Job

The Government of Montserrat is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Crown Counsel (Criminal), within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

 

JOB PURPOSE


To assist the Director of Public Prosecutions with all Criminal Offences on all levels of the Government of Montserrat, statutory corporations, committees, and boards, including the instituting, discontinuing or taking over of all criminal proceedings.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES


  1. To provide legal advice to the Governor, Ministers, Ministries and Departments in relation to a wide range of Government activities:
  • Research legal issues;

  • Provide oral and written legal advice;

  • Review case files and institute criminal proceedings.


  1. To provide representation to the Government of Montserrat:
  • in Criminal matters in the Magistrate’s Court, High Court and Court of Appeal;

  • To assist the Director of Public Prosecutions in matters relating to the proceeds of crime (both confiscation and civil forfeiture).

     

  1. To advise Government agencies and Departments on all legal matters including, but not limited to, Immigration offences, Proceeds of Crime, Dangerous Drugs, Forfeiture and Confiscation of Criminal Proceeds, Customs and Revenue Offences and breaches of the Labour Code.
  • Provide written legal submissions to the DPP

  • Provide draft orders for the court when required to do so

  • Review complaints and draft Indictments for use before the Courts.

  • Prepare simple affidavits for use in civil or criminal proceedings.

     

  1. Represent the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution on various Statutory Bodies and Committees.


  1. To provide legal information on behalf of the Government of Montserrat, pursuant to its obligations to various regional and international agencies and organisations;

 

  1. Provide advice and compliance reports in respect of International Treaties Conventions and Covenants extended to Montserrat.
  • Participate in national, regional and international conferences and meetings;

  • Prepare reports for national, regional and international agencies;

  • Conduct legal research and provide written and oral legal opinions to the DPP

  • Qualifications and Experience


    The successful applicant must:

  • Possess a Bachelor of Law Degree;

  • Possess a Legal Education Certificate;
  • Be qualified as an attorney at Law or a Barrister;
  • Admission to the Bar as an Attorney at Law or a Barrister;
  • Have a working knowledge of and ability to interpret the Laws of Montserrat;
  • Have a working knowledge and an ability to interpret legislation, rules, regulations, agreements and other legal documents;
  • Be able to draft indictments, and pleadings;
  • Be able to prepare legal submissions;
  • Have extensive knowledge of legal principles, practices and proceedings;
  • Be able to draft other legal documents;
  • Show decisiveness, soundness of judgment and clarity of presentation;
  • Have knowledge of Government procedure and practices;
  • Be able to analyze issues, and provide sound recommendations;
  • Possess good advocacy skills;
  • Possess effective communication skills;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Possess good interpersonal skills;
  • Be able to work long hours

 

Terms of Appointment


Appointment will be made on a permanent or contractual basis.


Remuneration Package

 

The Basic Salary is in the salary scale R17-13, that is $58,896.00 to EC $65,232.00 per annum (Taxable) Allowances

 

  • Travel            -       EC$9,600.00 per annum (non-taxable)

  • Telephone   -      EC$720.00 per annum (taxable)

  • Legal          -       Dependent on experience

     

HOW TO APPLY


Application forms can be obtained from the Government of Montserrat’s website at www.jobs.gov.ms. (Click on ‘Forms’). Application forms can also be obtained from the Human Resources Management Unit, Brades, Montserrat by e-mail to hrmu@gov.ms or by telephone at 1 (664) 491-2365/2444 or by fax at 1 (664) 491-6234.

 

Applicants must provide all of the following information:

  • A completed Application Form with a covering letter

    Comprehensive curriculum vitae with full particulars of experience, and copies of relevant academic qualifications. 

  • NOTE: Original certificates of qualifications or official notarized copies will be requested from those invited to interview.

    A clear statement detailing why in the applicant’s view he/she considers him/herself well qualified for the position.

    Two letters of reference with full contact details of the referees.

    Completed application forms must be returned to the Human Resources Management Unit either by email, or by fax or by ordinary mail. These should be addressed to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources Management Unit, Government Headquarters, Brades, Montserrat.

  • SELECTION PROCESS

  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a selection process that involves attending one or more interviews and/or assessment centres.  These interviews are designed to assess the skills, competencies and attitudes of the applicant and may be conducted via SKYPE or in person.  The Interviews and/or Assessment Centres allow the Selection Panel to draw on more evidence about the applicants than can be derived from the written application.

  • The deadline for the receipt of applications is 4:00 p.m. on April 26, 2019.

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