Senior Legal Administration Officer

Reference number: 90/14EC

SALARY: R 340 716 - R 828 138 per annum. The successful candidate will be required to sign a performance agreement

CENTRE: Regional Office, East London

REQUIREMENTS: LLB Degree or four year recognize legal qualification; At least eight (8) years appropriate post - qualification legal experience; Thorough knowledge of South African Legal System, legal practice and related spheres, with specific reference to civil litigation; Working knowledge of criminal procedure and practices, court rules (Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, High Courts, Labour Courts and Magistrate Courts); A valid driver’s license. Skills and Competencies: Legal Research and drafting skills; Coaching and mentoring skills; Report writing and analytic skills; Computer skills; Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills; Good interpersonal and language skills; Good planning and decision making skills.

DUTIES: Key Performance Areas: Provide leadership and strategic direction to the unit; Draft legal documents and give legal advice to the Regional Office and other organs of the State regarding interpretation and execution of powers; Respond to petitions, representations and complaints from Civil Society and other Government departments; Liaise with other departments, prosecution, judiciary and communities on programmes around crime prevention; Prepare and assist memoranda for Sheriff, Commissioners of Oath, Appraisers and Justice of Peace appointments; Recovers loss of and damage to State Property; Oversee the smooth functioning of specialized courts in the province ie. Sexual Offences, Family, Equality, Community Court and Municipal Courts ; Facilitate public education on the Victims Charter; Conduct Community Awareness campaigns on Legislation administered by the Department; Co-ordinate programmes related to children in custody, awaiting trail prisoner, transformation of the sheriffs profession, small claims court, the lay assessors system and maintenance system; To act as a Departmental Gender Focal person in the Province; Provide support services to the Courts regarding quasi-judicial functions and conduct ad hoc training for Maintenance Officers, Investigators and clerks.

ENQUIRIES: Mrs. Pretorius 043 702 7000

APPLICATIONS: Quoting the relevant reference number, direct your application to: The Regional Head, Private Bag X9065, East London, 5200

CLOSING DATE: 02 June 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 drivers 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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