Senior Law Researcher

Reference number: POST 19/35

SALARY: R314 709 – R 370 707 per annum. The successful candidate will be required to sign a performance agreement.

CENTRE: Western Cape High Court, Cape Town REF NO: 70 / 14 / WC

Northern Cape High Court REF NO: 48 / 14 / NC

REQUIREMENTS: An appropriate four year recognized legal degree or an equivalent legal qualification (LLB); Three years experience as a Law Researcher; A valid EB driver’s license will be an added advantage. Skills and Competencies: Excellent communication (oral and written) skills; Proven ability to analyse and conceptualize policies and to apply the successfully; Interpretation of Law; Computer literacy (MS Word, PowerPoint; Outlook, Internet etc.); Presentation skills; Problem Solving; Interpersonal relations.

DUTIES: Key Performance Areas: Providing both verbal and written legal opinions to Judges after researching in statutes, journals and textbooks; Monitoring and bringing to attention of Judges new development in law and jurisprudence after researching in statues, journals and textbooks; Citing of judgments; Writing of memoranda and letters eg Responding to correspondence from prisoners and members of the public; Liaise with Law researchers from other divisions for purposes of exchanging delivered judgments; Co-ordinate the work of the Law Researchers.

ENQUIRIES: Kimberley: Ms J. Manxeba (053) 8072700 ext 22

Cape Town: Mr L Kolosa: (021) 480 2411


Kimberley: Quoting the relevant reference number, direct your application to: Postal address: The Regional Head: Justice and Constitutional Development, Private Bag X6106, Kimberley, 8300. OR hand delivers at the New Public Buildings, (Magistrates Court) of Knight and Stead Streets, 7th floor, Kimberley, 8301. Email or faxed applications will not be considered.

Cape Town: Please forward your application to: The Regional Head: Private Bag x 9171 Cape Town 8000 or physical address: Mezzanine floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street Cape Town


CLOSING DATE: 26 May 2014

The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer. In the filling of vacant posts the objectives of section 195 (1) (i) of the Constitution of South Africa, 1996 (Act No: 108 of 1996), the Employment Equity imperatives as defined by the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No: 55 of 1998) and relevant Human Resources policies of the Department will be taken into consideration.

NOTE: Applications must be submitted on Form Z83, obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the internet at A Z83 & CV must be accompanied by certified copies of qualifications and identity document. A valid driver’s license must be attached if indicated as a requirement. A SAQA evaluation report must accompany foreign qualifications. Applications that do not comply with the above mentioned requirements will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a personnel vetting process. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you do not hear from us within 3 months of this advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful. The department reserves the right not to fill these positions.

Click here to download a Z83 Application Form.

Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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