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Careers at the PDS

Find out about careers at the Public Defender Service and see our current vacancies.

Putting people first

Play a vital role in the justice system and ensure continuous access to justice.

At the Public Defender Service, you will defend people from all walks of life who qualify for criminal legal aid, and ensure they receive the first class defence their case deserves.

Civil Service benefits

  • 25 days of annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service)
  • pension schemes of up to 20% of your salary
  • childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits

We welcome people from all backgrounds

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and we positively promote flexible working, including job shares.

We will consider all applications on merit regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religion, ethnicity, preferred working pattern and except for exceptional circumstances your working location.

As a Disability Confident organisation, we will offer a guaranteed interview to candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role.

Under the Equality Act 2010, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months.

If you would like to be considered under the guaranteed interview, please ensure that you attach the Disability Confident Scheme Form when you return your application. You can use the same form to let the recruiting manager know of any reasonable adjustments you may require during the sift or later selection processes.

See our equality and diversity policy

Accredited Police Station Representative – Darlington

Are you Police Station Accredited within the Co Durham/North Yorkshire area?

If so, we have an exciting new opportunity for you to become part of our team.

You will be passionate about criminal law, have experience in providing advice and representation in police stations and be able to run a varied caseload with minimal supervision.

We offer…

  • An excellent salary
  • Generous pension contributions and other Civil Service benefits
  • Comprehensive learning and development
  • A drive to provide the highest quality client care
  • The opportunity to be part of a friendly, supportive team
  • A chance to use your real-world experience to contribute to policy and reform initiatives affecting the Criminal Justice and Prison system.

What we are looking for….

  • A fully qualified Accredited Police Station Representative
  • Excellent practical knowledge of current criminal law and defence
  • Familiarisation with IT; we are a digital service
  • Sound communication skills
  • Full Driving licence and use of own vehicle

For more details and to apply visit: 88008 – Accredited Police Station Representative, Darlington