Volunteer Service Abroad covers costs while you are on assignment, including travel, accommodation, living allowance and more.
This assignment is based in the Public Solicitor’s office (PSO) in Solomon Islands.
The PSO was established to provide legal representation for disadvantaged people appearing before the courts. They work in various areas including criminal, family, and land law. Over the last three years, the PSO has focused on building capacity in the area of family protection.
Currently the PSO has a shortage of experienced lawyers to provide effective legal assistance for those facing criminal prosecution in Solomon Islands.
In this assignment you will mentor and develop legal capability amongst lawyers to ensure they provide effective legal representation and advice, including written submissions and applications. This will involve assessing the education needs among the lawyers as well as developing and implementing a programme for their continued legal education. This is an ideal assignment for someone who is passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills of legal and judicial systems.
This assignment requires you to be creative and adaptable in your approach and comfortable working with minimal resources.
This is a unique opportunity to develop legal capability in the Solomon Islands whilst improving accessibility to legal representation across the provinces.
VSA assignments provide a unique opportunity for professional development by sharing your skills to build thriving communities in the Pacific and beyond.
We are looking for a volunteer with:
- At least three years of post-admission experience, principally as a criminal defence lawyer
- The ability to analyse files and direct further enquiries and preparation
- Experience drafting court applications and submissions to a high standard
- Experience providing legal training to colleagues
- The ability to work in low-resource environments
- The ability to work alongside lawyers some of who struggle to use analytical skills