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Unit of competency details

DEFDPL006 - Provide support in legal assistance matters (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes DEFPL019 - Provide support in legal assistance mattersPerformance Criteria edited and removed 16/Aug/2017

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 17/Aug/2017


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091103 Legal Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091103 Legal Studies  12/Oct/2017 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1. This is the first release of this unit of competency in the DEF Defence Training Package.

Application

This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to provide support in legal assistance matters within a Defence legal environment. This includes understanding public sector workplace requirements, tasks and processes.

It includes scoping support, preparing and processing documents, and performing legal research.

This unit applies to Defence personnel who are required to provide paralegal support services.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Persons undertaking this unit work mostly independently while part of a team, and perform routine and complex tasks. They work with limited supervision, with identified approval authorities. They apply solutions to a variety of predictable and complex problems, in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

Not applicable

Competency Field

Defence Paralegal Operations

Unit Sector

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENTS 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1  

Scope the provision of paralegal support 

1.1 

Receive legal assistance task from client or instructing legal officer

1.2 

Confirm purpose of client requirement

1.3 

Outline legal limits of own responsibility clearly to client and establish mutual expectations, in accordance with operating guidelines

2 

Prepare and process documents 

2.1 

Identify and prepare documents to meet task requirements

2.2 

Check incoming documents and contact sender where additional information is required

2.3 

Review documents with instructing legal officer

3 

Perform legal research 

3.1 

Use and retrieve precedents and case law in conjunction with instructing legal officer to complete task

3.2 

Maintain records of research outcomes in accordance with operating procedures

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Non-essential conditions may be found in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.

Unit Mapping Information

This unit replaces but is not equivalent to DEFPL019 Provide support in legal assistance matters.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=6bdbab1e-11ed-4bc9-9cba-9e1a55d4e4a9

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. This is the first release of this unit of competency in the DEF Defence Training Package.

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria on at least one occasion and include:

  • analysing information to determine status and reliability
  • assisting instructing legal officer to prepare for trial or service discipline proceedings
  • communicating effectively and logically on legal matters
  • implementing written and oral instructions to prepare effective briefs
  • planning and preparing for the provision of support in legal assistance matters
  • preparing and processing documents involved in legal assistance matters
  • preparing legal documents in accordance with identified processes
  • preparing summaries of cases in accordance with identified processes
  • undertaking research to support instructing legal officer
  • undertaking trial/tribunal and posttrial/tribunal administration.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include knowledge of:

  • criminal law matters and service discipline proceedings
  • Defence Force Discipline Act (DFDA) and related legislation
  • relationship between trials and tribunals, and their impact
  • relevant legal practices and procedures
  • relevant legal process, documents and exhibits, legislation and sections, and stages involved in the legal process
  • relevant legal terminology and its use in accordance with organisational procedures
  • summary hearing/court/tribunal process
  • trials and service discipline proceedings.

Assessment Conditions

As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations where it is appropriate to do so; where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in simulated workplace operational situations that replicate workplace conditions.

Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.

Resources for assessment must include access to:

  • a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or other simulations
  • relevant and appropriate materials, tools and equipment currently used in industry
  • applicable documentation including operational procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=6bdbab1e-11ed-4bc9-9cba-9e1a55d4e4a9