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VACANCY IN THE JUDICIAL AND LEGAL SERVICE
OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Vacant Office of Master of the High Court,
(Group J1), Judiciary (Supreme Court)
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) and a Legal Education Certificate (LEC)
Admission to practise Law in Trinidad and Tobago
Minimum Experience: Seven years as an Attorney-at-Law in the following areas: Advocacy, Advisory,
Contracts, Commercial Matters, Constitutional Law, Civil Law & Public Law
Extensive knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago
Extensive knowledge of the Workmen's Compensation Act
Extensive knowledge of the rules of Practice & Procedures of the Supreme Court
Extensive knowledge of Government procedures and practices
Experience in civil and public law
Superior written and oral communication skills
Superior negotiation and mediation skills
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Legal Research (75%)
1. Writes judgments
2. Researches and reviews laws, evidence and judgments
3. Reviews files and submissions
Interlocutory Applications (25%)
1. Exercises all the powers of the Court/Judge of the High Court sitting in Chambers to make an order.
2. Hears interlocutory applicants for example, discovery of documents, security for costs, injunctions (by
consent), extensions of time, setting aside judgments, leave to issue writs of execution etc.
3. Deals with assessments of damages and interpleader proceedings
4. Adjudicates as a Commissioner for Workmen's Compensation on claims under the Workmen's
Compensation Act and in that capacity has "all the powers of the High Court"
1. Sits as a member of the Rules Committee
Performs related duties as required
*These functions collectively account for 25% of the officer's time
Salary: Group J1: $26,300 per month
Applications should be sent with COPIES of relevant documents no later than 20th May, 2013 to:
The Director of Personnel Administration
Service Commissions Department
#52 -- 58 Woodford Street
Port of Spain.
Professional Application Forms are obtainable from any District Revenue Office, the Chief Administrator,
Tobago House of Assembly or the Service Commissions Department or from its website www.scd.org.tt .
Fired from your job? Don t know what
to say in an interview? Here are tips on
how to answer interview questions about
why you were terminated.
In addition, career expert and author,
Joyce Lain Kennedy, shares her 12 best
job interview answers to the question
"Why were you fired?"
• Being cut loose was a blessing in disguise. Now
I have an opportunity to explore jobs that better
suit my qualifications and interests. My research
suggests that such an opportunity may be the one
on your table. Would you like to hear more about
my skills in working with new technology?
• My competencies were not the right match for
my previous employer s needs but it looks like
they d be a good fit in your organization. In addition
to marketing and advertising, would skills in pro-
motion be valued here?
• Although circumstances caused me to leave
my first job, I was very successful in school and
got along well with both students and faculty. Per-
haps I didn t fully understand my boss s expectations
or why he released me so quickly before I had a
chance to prove myself.
• The job wasn t working out so my boss and
position that would show a better return for both
of us. So here I am, ready to work.
• After thinking about why I left, I realise I should
have done some things differently. That job was a
learning experience and I think I m wiser now. I d
like the chance to prove that to you.
• A new manager came in and cleaned house in
order to bring in members of his old team. That
was his right but it cleared my head to envision
better opportunities elsewhere.
• Certain personal problems, which I now have
solved, unfortunately upset my work life. These
problems no longer exist and I m up and running
strong to exceed expectations in my new job.
• I wanted my career to move in a different direc-
tion, and I guess my mental separation set up the
conditions that led to my departure. But by contrast,
the opportunity we re discussing seems to be made
for me and I hope to eventually grow into a position
• I usually hit it off very well with my bosses,
but this case was the exception that proved my
rule of good relationships. We just didn t get on
well. I m not sure why.
• My job was offshored to India. That s too bad
because people familiar with my work say it is
superior and fairly priced.
• I outlasted several downsizings but the last one
included me. Sign of the times, I guess.
• I was desperate for work and took the wrong
job without looking around the corner. I won t
make that mistake again. I d prefer an environment
that is congenial, structured and team-oriented,
where my best talents can shine and make a sub-
Kennedy also says, "Practice in advance what
you ll say. Then keep it brief, keep it honest and
keep it moving." That way, you ll get past the sticky
issue of getting fired and can move on to your skills
and why you re qualified for the job.
Practice in advance what
you'll say. Then keep it
brief, keep it honest
and keep it moving.
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