This particular client applied for the role of Coordinator, Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme within State (Qld) Government, and progressed to the interview stage. Five selection criteria required addressing. Following are part excerpts from two of the criteria.

You can analyse, comprehend, interpret and apply procedures and guidelines to make decisions. You ideally have knowledge of legal practices and process, particularly in relation to civil procedures and related legislation.

On a daily basis in my current role, I review and assess statements of financial positions completed by debtors/respondents reflecting their financial circumstances, and assess recoverable interest and debt in accordance with Section 48 of the Supreme Court Act 1995. I previously dealt with a confiscation order that was made against a defendant/respondent at sentence to pay to the State of Queensland an amount of $15,000 which formed part of the defendant’s sentence. The defendant was sentenced to a jail term and upon release, this money was to be paid to the State. In dealing with this order, I liaised with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Public Trustee Queensland (PTQ); in so doing, I discovered the same amount of money was seized when the defendant was arrested and the PTQ had possession of the money. This was an error made by the prosecutor; the correct action should have been making an order forfeiting the money seized as proceeds of crime. Therefore, in order to obtain and apply this money to the amount owing to the State, I referenced Pursuant to Rule 840 of the UCPR 1999 and applied to the Court for an enforcement warrant to redirect the following debt of the respondent owed by the Commissioner of Police and held by the PTQ. By following and applying the UCPR guidelines and UCP fees structure, I informed the QPS and PTQ of the process. Thereafter, I prepared and logged all relevant documents – applications, statements/affidavits, draft orders, and relevant notifying letters – with the courts and appeared before a magistrate. Subsequently, the enforcement warrant redirection of debt order was granted.

You are able to work independently, meet deadlines and work in a timely and efficient manner.

As Operations Officer within the OOO, one of my primary tasks involved assessing and evaluating Instant Scratch-It (ISI) Ticket submissions; I completed over ten (10) new ISI in a six month period. The process of reviewing submissions was a deadline-driven task. In one instance, I was allocated a submission from operator Golden Casket (GC) requesting approval for a new multijurisdictional ISI Ticket. I was mindful of OLGR’s 10 day turnaround for approval of changes to ISI. Not completing this task in the time frame provided would impact adversely on GC’s operations. Therefore, managing my time and prioritising tasks in relation to this submission was essential. I contacted the operator to confirm the priority level, which was allocated Level 1, the highest priority. I allocated this task as urgent and of paramount importance. I planned and created a task schedule (using Microsoft Outlook) to outline processes requiring completion and I allocated timelines and reminder notices for each process. I was also vigilant in initiating follow up with GC, my Manager and GC’s Legal team. I followed up on a daily basis to obtain progress updates. This was imperative in order to prepare a Briefing Note to the Director recommending approval. Subsequently the submission was prepared and submitted for approval within the 10 day window.

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