Government of Jamaica


Government of Jamaica

Crown Counsel

MLSS - Legal Services Unit (LSU)
(JLG/LO 5) in the Ministry of Labour and Social security, Legal Services Unit (LSU), salary range $2,739,230 - $3,256,084 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.
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Senior Assistant Attorney-General (JLG/LO 3)

Job Purpose

Under the general direction and management of the Senior Assistant Attorney-General, the Crown Counsel provides advice and guidance on a range of legal matters to support the work of Ministers and Cabinet/Financial/Permanent Secretary in the strategic management of a discrete Ministry.

Key Responsibilities
  • Conducts a range of legal research to provide legal guidance and support in furtherance of the mission critical functions of the Ministry and its subjects;
  • Prepares written opinions and advice on a range of legal matters impacting the Ministry and its subjects;
  • Provides legal support to the Ministry and its subjects in the preparation of Cabinet Submissions and Drafting Instructions in respect of items on the Legislative Programme;
  • Provides legal support to the Ministry during policy development in relation to matters to form part of the Legislative Programme;
  • Assists with the defending of Bills before the Legislation Committee of Cabinet;
  • Assists in the preparation of Bills for tabling and provides legal support in the preparation of the Minister’s Briefs;
  • Liaises with the Jamaica Printing Services in relation to the printing and gazetting of Bills;
  • Prepares, assists, reviews and amends legal documents or instruments required by the Ministry and its subjects;
  • Drafts or reviews Agreements, Contracts or Memoranda of Understanding;
  • Prepares legal briefs to the Senior Assistant Attorney-General to support the escalation of nuance or highly complex legal matters or matters of national importance to obtain legal advice from the DSG;
  • Prepares briefs for the review of the Senior Assistant AG for the attention of the Department of Legal Reform or the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel requesting comments on draft Cabinet Submissions;
  • Provides comments on draft Bills or draft policy papers submitted by other Ministries or Departments;
  • Responds to queries or provides information as necessary or required;
  • Assists in preparing, collating and executing Affidavits and other evidentiary matters in litigation involving the Ministry or its subjects;
  • Follows-up and provides updates on legal matters and attends hearings on behalf of the Ministry;
  • Reviews and advises on legal implications of internal policies and procedures;
  • Provides legal advice to the Ministry on all areas of law;
  • Represents the Ministry by participating on inter-ministerial committees or teams in relation to legislation or policy in which the Ministry has an interest;
  • Remains current on GOJ policies/initiatives in an effort to add value and inform decision making;
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, maintaining membership in professional organizations and participating in AGC initiatives.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills
  • Sound legal research and analytical skills
  • Sound knowledge of the Laws of Jamaica including labour and social security legislation
  • Highly developed knowledge of the mandate, objectives, strategies, policies, and environment of the AGC-HQ and assigned LSUs
  • Sound knowledge of the English legal system and the legal framework of Government
  • Excellent oral and written communication including presentation skills and the ability to communicate legal information in a manner which can be understood by decision makers and users
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and convictions of purpose in unfavourable or unpopular situations
  • Problem solving and negotiation/facilitation skills and experience
  • Ability to create commitment to a strong and consistent customer service philosophy;
  • Energy and resilience; the personal capacity to see the bigger picture and be able to navigate obstacles, ambiguity and change;
  • Advanced IT skills in relation to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and MS Project and associated legal software.
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree;
  • Certificate in Legal Education;
  • Three – four (3 – 4) years’ experience at the Bar.

Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than Wednesday, 11th August 2021 to:

Director, Human Resource Management and Administration
Attorney General’s Chambers
2 Oxford Road (NCB Towers) (First Floor)
Kingston 5
Email: hrm@agc.gov.jm

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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