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Government of Bermuda

  • Location:

    Bermuda

  • Sector:

    Public Prosecutions

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    $150,886.07BMD Per Year

  • Published:

    511 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    22 March 2023

Crown Counsel

Summary of Accountability

The post holder is responsible for the conduct of criminal proceedings under the direction of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Deputy Director (Administration) of Public Prosecutions.  The post holder conducts Criminal prosecutions in all the Courts of Bermuda and provides advice to the Police, Ministries and other Departments on criminal matters as required.  The post holder mentors Crown Counsel (Jnr Grade), and performs associated legal and operational duties as required.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

Significant knowledge and experience in criminal law and prosecution work. Ability to provide effective legal advice and guidance on criminal law. Strong advocacy skills. Ability to prepare and conduct criminal cases on own in judge only and jury trials including any necessary interrelated matters. Excellent research skills with the ability to draft clear and concise and comprehensive documents and reports. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Excellent interpersonal and consultative skills with the ability to relate positively, professionally and cooperatively to others. Strong decision making, problem solving and conflict management skills. Strong negotiation, influencing and persuasion skills. Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and on a team. Ability to understand, explain and present legal ideas to both legal and non-legal audiences  Excellent time-management skills, with the ability to work under pressure while meeting multiple deadlines.  Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.

Minimum Experience Required

The post requires a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience, since qualifying to practice law.  The post holder should have experience in criminal prosecutions.

Minimum Education Qualifications

The post holder must be qualified to practice law in a Commonwealth Jurisdiction, and eligible to become a member of the Bermuda Bar Association

Additional Information

Experience in a Government Legal environment is preferred and/or an extensive litigation background.  Training or experience in appropriate questioning of young witnesses would be an asset. The post holder must be prepared to work flexible working hours, to ensure the completion of the work of the Department of Public Prosecutions.

Duties and Responsibilities of Post

Prepares criminal prosecutions for trials in all Courts of Bermuda, which includes: drafting all necessary documents; interviewing witnesses; visiting crime scenes where appropriate; and conferring with investigating officers, and researching relevant law.  Conducts criminal cases in all the Courts of Bermuda.  This includes: presenting witnesses in a logical order; making submissions where appropriate, and making judgments appropriate to a practicing barrister in the conduct of court matters. Undertakes any additional prosecution related duties, as requested by the Deputy Directors or the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gives legal advice to the Police on criminal files.  In the same manner gives legal advice to other Government Departments on Criminal matters.  Provides other advisory services as directed by the Deputy Director and/or the Director of Public Prosecutions

Provides advice, instruction and guidance to mentor Crown Counsel (Junior Grade). Supports Crown Counsel (Junior Grade) to assist in cases as directed by Deputy Director.  Acts as pupil master and mentor to the pupil barristers.

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