About the organization
CSJ provides survivors of sexual violence free legal support throughout criminal proceedings, from when they report the abuse to police till judgment.
We work on the ground—at the police station, hospitals and courts—advising government authorities on the law, supporting our clients and monitoring the progress of cases. We work with trustworthy partners to ensure clients and their families receive the care and support they need to begin healing from the trauma they have suffered.
Give survivors of sexual violence effective access to the criminal justice system. CSJ provides counsel, either on staff or through pro bono networks, who advocate for client interests throughout criminal proceedings.
Strengthen the criminal justice system so it delivers more compassionate and effective justice. CSJ strengthens the criminal justice system through strategies that target problems identified doing casework, so it delivers more compassionate and effective justice.
Develop advocates who are servant leaders.
CSJ has a two-year fellowship program that develops young advocates 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.
CSJ is calling applications for the their Legal Fellowship Program the requirements for which are as follows:
- Manage a full caseload of sexual violence cases from when victim files FIR to judgment.
- Proactively engage government authorities, especially law enforcement and public prosecutors, to gain influence that furthers effective investigation and adjudication of client cases.
- Advocate for truthful and accurate police statements, medical examinations and other evidence.
- Advocate for timely investigation and adjudication of client cases for speedy justice.
- Assist caseworker to build case for victim compensation for the client.
- Assist in conducting client interviews and preparing client to give statements and testify in court.
- Attend bail hearings and oppose bail against the perpetrator.
- Assist Public Prosecutor at all hearings during trial.
- Draft applications and petitions that advocate for the client’s best interest and draft closing arguments that advocate for conviction of the accused and harsh sentences.
- Fulfill leadership, soft skills and professional skills requirements for Fellowship Training Program. Strictly adhere to CSJ’s ethical guidelines when representing clients and collaborating with government authorities and stakeholder partners.
- Methodically document and record information about client cases in a consistent, accurate, comprehensive and timely manner.
- After first year, provide peer mentoring to an incoming fellow.
There is also a vacancy for a Casework Co-ordinator the work profile of which will include.
- Maintain case files in the case records database, including documenting case information in an accurate and timely manner.
- Ensure casework team completes case documentation, including client intake forms, rights/protections checklist and client needs assessment.
- Maintain criminal proceedings calendar and communicate with team about case hearings, filing charge sheets, developing client needs assessments and trial length.
- Maintain hardcopy case files and ensure they match online case records.
- Make copies of legal documents and perform other administrative tasks for the Director, Legal Interventions Organize and participate in all casework-related meetings; take and distribute meeting minutes.
- Maintain dashboard that measures indicators for casework objectives, outcomes and outputs.
- Assist in compiling case information and drafting quarterly activity report and dashboards.
- Ensure documents from case file are scanned and uploaded in the case management system.
- Translate case documents, such as FIRs and witness statements, from Hindi into English
The Requirements for both the positions are :
- Bachelor of Laws degree required, Master of Laws preferred.
- 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 standing up for client interests.
- 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.
- Willingness to respond to sexual assault cases at the police station at all times, including late night.
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