The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (the “ODPP”) is responsible for prosecuting appeals before the Fijian Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In addition, all High Court trials in Fiji are prosecuted by State Counsel who also handle appeals to the High Courts at Suva, Lautoka and Labasa. Cases of special difficulty or of public interest in the Magistrates’ courts are processed by the ODPP. Other significant work of the ODPP includes the determination of complaints against police and prisons officers, the provision of written advice to the Commissioner of Police, to the Director C.I.D, and to other government departments and statutory organisations, the delivery of lectures at the Police Academy, and the handling of complaints from members of the public concerning their cases. The Director also considers written representations concerning criminal cases from aggrieved persons, defendants, or from their lawyers.
The appointee shall be responsible to the Director of Public Prosecutions and assist him in the efficient management of the ODPP and the enforcement of the criminal laws of Fiji. The appointee will prosecute trials of a sensitive nature and of public interest, and appeals in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Fiji. The appointee shall act as part of the senior management team and assist in overseeing the efficient organization and conduct of all cases. He/She will be required to assist the Director in developing and implementing strategic policies, providing timely advice on legal and policy matters, and presenting training lectures to legal officers, police officers and members of other law enforcement agencies.
The appointee must be professionally qualified and have been admitted to the Bar in a common law jurisdiction, and possess at least 8 years post-admission experience in criminal advocacy or criminal prosecutions. An appointee with a relevant Postgraduate/Masters in Law must have at least 7 years post-admission experience.
The appointee must have excellent oral presentation skills and an equal command of the English language. He/She must have the ability to handle a heavy workload, complete work accurately and according to strict timelines and demonstrate intellectual capacity, drive, innovation and leadership.
FJD $105,000 - $125,000 per annum + annual bonus equivalent to 25% salary.
Accommodation, travel and other benefits subject to negotiation.
All applications for the position must be addressed to Mr Christopher Pryde, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, P.O Box 2355, Government Buildings, Suva, Fiji and must include a covering letter, curriculum vitae and copies of academic transcripts. Further details on this vacancy can be obtained from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions at email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: (679) 321-1550; Fax: (679) 330-2780; or at our website at www.odpp.com.fj