Legal Fellow job description

Counsel to Secure Justice (“CSJ”) is a law and advocacy organization based in Delhi, India that seeks effective and compassionate justice for children who have suffered sexual abuse. The Legal Fellow will serve a full-time, two-year assignment with CSJ that develops her/him into leaders who have refined and practical professional skills, high standards of personal and professional ethics and a heart to serve the poor and disadvantaged.

During the assignment, the Fellow will coordinate legal support for children who have suffered sexual abuse and support the casework team. The position assignment is based in New Delhi, India. The position reports to the Program Director.

Responsibilities

  • Attend court hearings regularly and advocate for victims of child sexual abuse.

  • Work with social workers to identify outside lawyer and coordinate legal support in child sexual abuse cases.

  • Collect copies of FIR, S.161 statement, S.164 statement and Medico-Legal Certificate for cases and legally analyse documents to identify strengths and weaknesses and to recommend correct offences to charge.

  • Coordinate and follow up with assigned advocates to get updates and progress on cases until judgment; keep CSJ team updated on case progress.

  • Help clients/family seek witness protection when witnesses face threats or intimidation related to case.

  • Support the casework team with drafting legal documents, such as applications for victim compensation.

  • Work with the assigned lawyer and CSJ support person to prepare key witnesses to testify, including leading mock direct and cross-examination.

  • Carry out research and writing that contributes towards studies the System Change team produces; assist the on a study on using restorative justice processes in child sexual abuse cases.

  • Organise, catalogue and analyse data collected for research and draft summaries.

  • Stay updated on relevant criminal, procedural and evidentiary law related to investigation and adjudication of child sexual abuse cases and circulate updates to team on weekly basis.

  • Methodically document client case information in a consistent, accurate, comprehensive and timely manner.

Required qualifications and attributes

  • Bachelor of Laws degree required, Master of Laws preferred

  • Registered with the Bar Council of India

  • Minimum of 1 year trial court or high court criminal law experience.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office or similar software and database systems

  • Demonstrated commitment to the poor and vulnerable sections of society

  • Excellent comprehension of written and spoken English and Hindi

  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a challenging, sometimes hostile, environment

  • Uncompromising insistence on truth, integrity and excellence in work

  • Persistent, bold, yet diplomatic, when interacting with people and completing assignments

  • Willingness to learn and stretch oneself beyond comfort levels

  • Ability to adapt to the changing environment of a new and growing organization

  • Commitment to meeting deadlines and achieving results under pressure

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