The qualifications for Deputy Chief Legal Aid Defense Counsel are:
• Practice in Criminal law for at least 7 years. You should have experience in handling criminal cases at various stages, such as pre-arrest, remand, trial and appeal
• Excellent understanding of criminal law. You should have knowledge of the substantive and procedural laws related to criminal matters, such as the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Indian Evidence Act, etc
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. You should be able to communicate effectively and persuasively with your clients, the court, the prosecution and other parties involved in the case. You should also be able to draft clear and concise legal documents, such as bail applications, petitions, appeals, etc
• Skill in legal research. You should be able to conduct thorough and relevant research on legal issues, precedents, judgments and statutes using various sources, such as books, journals, online databases, etc
• Thorough understanding of ethical duties of defence counsel. You should be aware of and adhere to the professional ethics and code of conduct prescribed by the Bar Council of India and the Legal Services Authorities. You should also respect the rights and interests of your clients and maintain confidentiality and loyalty
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently with others. You should be able to work as part of a team of legal aid lawyers and coordinate with other stakeholders, such as paralegals, social workers, investigators, etc. You should also be able to manage your workload and time efficiently.