Courts Service Recruitment
The Courts Service recruits under licence from the Commission for Public Service Appointments and all recruitment competitions are organised in compliance with guidelines set down by that body.
These can be viewed on line at www.cpsa.ie.
The Courts Service will advertise any vacancies with the Public Appointments Service.
The Public Appointments Service has a dedicated website for graduates.
Open competition for appointment to the position of
Executive Legal Officer
to the Chief Justice
to the President of the Court of Appeal
in the Courts Service
Closing Date for applications is 16:00 on Wednesday 27th June 2018
Email address for applications: email@example.com
Contact for queries: Denise Cole, Personnel Officer – Tel: +353 (01) 888 6038
ROLE AND ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
Two posts will be filled from this competition:
» post of Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice
» post of Executive Legal Office to the President of the Court of Appeal
The key duties of the role will vary from time to time and may further depend on whether the holder of the post is the Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice or the Executive Legal Officer to the President of the Court of Appeal.
The main duties carried out by the holder of each position are set out below.
• Provide administrative support to the Chief Justice or President of the Court of Appeal in conjunction with other staff assigned to their respective offices.
• Undertake legal research for the Chief Justice and the President of the Court of Appeal and provide high level concise and comprehensive information within deadlines requested.
• Undertake preparatory work required for speeches, lectures and forewords for the Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal.
• Make logistical arrangements for conferences, either nationally or internationally including organising and co-ordinating protocol matters.
• Assist with dealing correspondence received by the Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal in a timely and appropriate manner.
• Support and assist relevant IT and other projects when requested.
• Be one of the contact points in the Office of the Chief Justice and the Office of the President of the Court of Appeal for national and international organisations and institutions and facilitate participation in programmes in which the relevant Court participates.
• Assist in the preparation of material for dissemination to courts in other jurisdictions and to international organisations. This may include, for example, preparing summaries of cases.
• Any other duties that may be required by the Chief Justice and the President of the Court of Appeal in support of their official functions.
The persons appointed to this role must be able to deal with confidential and sensitive information about cases and confidential and sensitive issues in respect of administrative functions and should be able to appreciate how to treat such information in an appropriate manner.
The Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice will report to and work with the Senior Executive Legal Assistant to the Chief Justice as well as the Chief Justice.
The Executive Legal Officer to the President of the Court of Appeal will report to and work with the President of the Court of Appeal.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ROLE
Qualifications, skills and experience
Candidates must have the following qualifications:
• Hold at least a 2.1 in a law degree at a minimum of level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications or have successfully completed the Diploma in Law from Kings Inns.
Candidates must have and be able to demonstrate during the competition process:
• A good understanding of the work of the Irish law and the Irish legal system including contemporary statute and Irish case law, as well as on EU law.
• Be comfortable to deal with senior people.
• A knowledge of modern research methods and materials including online legal research databases and other online legal resources.
• An ability to analyse a large volume of material and to summarise and present such information clearly and concisely.
• Experience in conducting and presenting legal research to a high level.
• Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
• High level, concise and clear written and verbal communication skills.
Applicants should also have an ability to develop professional working relationships, to work as part of a team and have high level ICT skills.
An ability to communicate in Irish and/or a European language would be desirable.
General skills and competencies
In your application form and at interview, candidates must be able to demonstrate they have the ability to successfully carry out the duties of the role, that they met the eligibility criteria as well as the general skills and competencies required at this level, which are linked to competencies required at AO/HEO level in the Civil Service namely:
• Analysis and Decision Making
• Management and Delivery of Results
• Interpersonal and Communication Skills
• Drive and Commitment in Public Service Values
• Specialist Knowledge, Expertise and Self Development
These competencies are linked to the duties of the role and will be assessed throughout the selection process.
Please see the attached information booklet for more information.
EXECUTIVE LEGAL OFFICER APPLICATION FORM
Human Resources Directorate
The Courts Service, 15/24 Phoenix Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Phone: +353 1 888 6095
Fax: +353 1 888 6090
Updated: 13 June 2018