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Job Summary

The incumbent is required to provide paralegal support to Legal Officers in Ministry.  Duties include researching laws; investigating facts; preparing pleading, opinions and briefs; maintaining case files and assisting in the preparation of legal documents.

REPORTS TO: Designated Officer

SUPERVISION GIVEN TO: NA

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts research and drafts or prepares briefs on legal matters as directed.
  • Investigates the facts and law of cases and researches relevant sources to prepare cases.
  • Reviews legal/court documents for completeness and accuracy.
  • Assists in the monitoring and reviewing of government regulations to ensure that the Ministry and its agencies are aware of new requirements.
  • Establishes and maintains case files and makes available and easily accessible to legal officers.
  • Assists in interviewing parties involved in court proceedings to gather information for case preparation or completion of legal documents.
  • Assists in the preparation of legal documents such as contracts, opinions and agreements; drafts correspondence on routine legal issues.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of an up to date repository of laws, judgements, contract precedents and other relative materials in areas affecting the Ministry’s day to day operations.
  • Copies and collates relevant documents.
  • Takes notes at court, tribunals, legal proceedings and meetings and generates documents as required.
  • Performs other related work as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of legal search.
  • Some knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Some knowledge of the court procedures and practices and rules of evidence.
  • Some knowledge of legal drafting principles and practices.
  • Some knowledge of the laws and regulations pertinent to the operations of the Ministry/Department.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers.
  • Ability to use e-Government technology platforms.
  • Ability to use the internet for research purposes.
  • Ability to conduct legal research.
  • Ability to maintain confidentially.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and members of the public.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

  • Minimum of two (2) CAPE/GCE ‘A’ Level passes, one of which must be Law OR an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies.
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing paralegal functions for an Attorney at Law.