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Lawyer, Criminal Justice

Location: JUSTICE, 59 Carter Lane, London
Salary: £36,519 at C5

JUSTICE is expanding its legal team, to include a Lawyer focussed on strengthening the criminal justice stream of our work. This provides an exciting opportunity for a practising lawyer with a strong research background or an academic lawyer to engage in high-level policy and law reform work. The successful candidate will be appointed to a full-time post on a permanent basis, based at our London office.

In February 2016 JUSTICE launched Complex and Lengthy Criminal Trials, a working party report of our members that proposes reforms to reduce the impact of the increasing number of complex cases in our system, involving masses of data or historic allegations. Our other recent working party report What is a Court? seeks radical reform of our court infrastructure to ensure more user focused, flexible facilities. The post holder will be responsible for legacy work related to these reports, and will build on their success in proposed follow up work with projects around trial processes and prosecuting sexual offences, as well as broader criminal justice reforms. A key project we are currently engaged in relates to the treatment of mental health in the criminal justice system, which will remain a focus of the criminal work stream as we seek to implement the recommendations of our working party, due to report in the autumn.

We would like to recruit a bright, motivated person who is passionate about system change in the promotion of access to justice and fair trial. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a team. With excellent interpersonal skills, they will be able to work closely with JUSTICE members, which include senior figures in the legal profession. The post holder will work with our Legal Director to develop our criminal justice work stream and assist on system-wide proposals for change.

To apply, please read the full person specification then send the completed application form with a covering letter to jobs@justice.org.uk. CVs alone will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 7 April. Interviews will be held on 26 April. Candidates will be required to complete a test as part of the interview process.

JUSTICE is an equal opportunities employer. We are open to exploring flexible working. Please note that we will not respond to any enquiries from recruitment agencies.

Internships

JUSTICE Externship Programme

JUSTICE invites applications for our Spring 2017 externship programme. This is an unpaid remote-working internship, lasting up to 6 weeks with a total commitment of 10 – 15 hours. The successful applicants will work remotely on a research project looking at digitising the existing court and tribunal model in the UK and will be supervised via Skype, phone and/or email by members of JUSTICE’s policy staff. The externship will provide the opportunity to develop research and drafting skills, to play a role in our work and to be part of a small, friendly and committed staff.

Given the nature of the work, applications are sought from law graduates from a UK university only. This includes people who expect to have completed a law degree or GDL, are a postgraduate student, or are a CILEX graduate by the time they start work on their externship.

The Research Project – Assisted Digital

Applications are invited for research externships to inform the development of the following upcoming JUSTICE project:

Strengthening 21st Century Justice: The MoJ and senior judiciary plan to “automate and digitise the entire process of civil money claims by 2020”, and the “interactive triage” role envisaged for litigants-in-person using the “Online Court” for certain civil and criminal proceedings. Lord Justice Briggs’ Final Civil Courts Structure Review report emphasised that ensuring access to digital justice was one of the biggest concerns about digitisation of court processes. It has been estimated that 70 per cent of the UK population will need some kind of support to use an online court system. JUSTICE has been at the forefront of innovation around use of our courts and tribunals.

We will shortly commence work to establish a Working Party of our members and technological, disability and language experts in the Autumn to review how people accessing online services in a range of fields can be better assisted; to identify the necessary features of simple and accessible online interfaces; and the support required for users with differing needs. We will make practical recommendations to ensure that necessary support is an integral feature of the digital justice system and continue to work with the reform programme to instil a user focussed approach.”

JUSTICE needs to understand what alternatives have already been tried in other jurisdictions and the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. To that end, JUSTICE would like the successful applicants to identify and summarise existing research in other jurisdictions, one in relation to the civil justice system, and one in relation to the criminal justice system.

How to Apply

Applicants should demonstrate their interest in either the civil or criminal research stream and explain why they are suited to the post. Successful applicants should have strong time management skills and the ability to work independently. They should have excellent written and spoken communication skills as well as demonstrable research capabilities.
Though we will aim to be flexible, externships will last for up to 6 weeks, ideally between February, 2017 and April, 2017. The intern will be expected to work no more than 15 hours in total and will be unpaid. The successful applicant will be required to travel to JUSTICE’s London office at the beginning and end of their project and for any necessary meetings. All travel expenses will be reimbursed at these times. We encourage applications from outside of London.

To be considered for this externship please email a copy of your CV, and a brief covering letter to Jodie Blackstock at jobs@justice.org.uk. The covering letter should explain your interest in JUSTICE and the above project, indicating relevant education, skills and experience, and your availability for the externship. Your CV should include the contact details of two referees.

Please mark your email with ‘EXTERNSHIP’ in the subject line.

Closing date: 5 pm on Friday 17 March 2017

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype or phone interview w/c Friday 24 March 2017

JUSTICE’s interns are governed by the principles of equal opportunity.

Volunteer

As a small charity, JUSTICE does not have the capacity or resources to be able to offer volunteer or work experience positions on an adhoc basis. We occasionally take on volunteers to provide administrative support to the office and will advertise those below.

We are unable to review CVs or requests for work experience outside of any advertised roles.


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