State Counsel III

Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Full-time

Sep 5

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MINISTRY/ DEPARTMENT: 

Office of the Attorney General & Ministry of Legal Affairs Department of Public Prosecutions: 

REPORTS TO (JOB TITLE): Director of Public Prosecutions, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Counsel 

POSITION PURPOSE 

Under direct supervision of higher-level attorneys in the Criminal Law Department, the incumbent is required to represent the State in a complex range of Criminal proceedings in the Magisterial matters, appearing as Junior Counsel in Criminal and Magisterial Appeals and conducting prosecutions in the Assize Courts.

MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

Pre-Trial Preparation: (20%) 

1. Prepares for trial by 

o Researching the Law to obtain facts and studies legal precedents 

o Interviewing and selecting appropriate witnesses, preparing them to give testimony, taking depositions, conducting direct examinations 

o Conducting investigations of a limited scope to obtain facts, studies legal precedents and preparing recommendations for the review of a supervisor 

Advocacy: (60%) 

1. Prosecutes trials in the Assize Courts 

Advisory: (20%) 

1. Vets, files and prepares legal advice as directed by the Director, Public Prosecutions 2. Processes requests for disclosure 

Performs related duties as may be required 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES 

N/A

ACCOUNTABILITY 

Is accountable to the Director of Public Prosecutions for all legal work 

Court Managers with respect to the regulation of Court functions i.e. how matters are going and consultation on any legal problems 

General Accountability – The incumbent is required to gain approval of the supervisor before proceeding with the actions deemed necessary or advisable. 

KEY CONTACTS 

INTERNAL 

Director of Public Prosecutions -consultative 

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions -consultative 

Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions -consultative 

All State Counsels-consultative 

Registrars from the registry -consultative 

Indictment Staff- consultative 

Administrative Staff -consultative

EXTERNAL 

Assistant Commissioner of Police- Crime 

Other Police Officers and Heads of Divisions- Crime 

Police Complainants- Reports concerning Police Officers 

Judges to discuss administrative matters i.e. listing of cases for trial and pre-trial issues (This is always done in the presence of Defense Counsel) 

Defense Attorneys to discuss pre-trial issues 

Witnesses- pre-trial conferences and depositions before trial 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS 

Minimum qualifications: LLB and a LEC – Legal Education Certificate 

Admission to practice Law in Trinidad & Tobago 

Minimum experience: Four (4) years experience in professional legal work, including advocacy Considerable experience in managing legal and administrative personnel Considerable working knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad & Tobago 

Considerable knowledge of the principles and techniques of trial advocacy

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS (Continued) 

Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, practices and references utilized in legal research 

Considerable knowledge of court procedures and of the rules of evidence 

Considerable knowledge of legal principles, practices and proceedings 

Considerable knowledge of Government procedures and practices 

Considerable advocacy skills 

Considerable interpersonal skills  

Considerable communication skills both written and oral 

Considerable management and supervisory skills 

Considerable analytical and reasoning skills 

Considerable negotiation skills 

Considerable human relations skills 

Considerable computer skills 

WORKING CONDITIONS & ENVIRONMENT: 

Long working hours 

Large volume of work 

Required to attend Court throughout Trinidad & Tobago 

Safety precautions may be necessary

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