Job Title: Legal Clerk

Reports To: Manager Legal and Advisory Services

Department: Legal, Advisory and Compliance

Job Summary: The Legal Clerk will play a crucial role in the organization and maintenance of legal records. This position involves performing administrative and clerical duties such as preparing court documents, filing court materials, serving court documents, and ensuring the smooth running of legal processes.

About NIRA:

The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) was established by the Registration of Persons Act (ROPA), 2015 and is mandated to establish and maintain the National Identification Register (NIR). The Authority is also charged with, among other things, the registration of citizens and legally resident aliens; assigning National Identification / Alien Identification Numbers (NINs/AINs) to qualifying persons and issuing Identification Cards to those 16 years and above; registration of births, deaths, and adoption orders and issuance of the relevant certificates.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare affidavits, hearing notices, and other court documents, and maintain organized document files and case correspondence.
  • Conduct research and analyze law sources to draft briefs or arguments for review and approval by Advocates.
  • Review and file pleadings, petitions, and other relevant documents for court actions.
  • Deliver or oversee the delivery of court pleadings/documents to witnesses and involved parties.
  • Serve copies of letters and pleadings to opposing counsel or entities.
  • Arrange transportation and accommodation for witnesses when necessary.
  • Organize, catalog, and maintain the currency of legal volumes and resources.
  • Ensure compliance with the Data Protection and Privacy Act 2019.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisors.

Qualifications / Education:

  • Minimum of a Diploma in Law from a recognized institution.
  • Possession of a Court Process Server certification is an advantage.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 1 year of working experience in a busy law firm, parastatal, or organization.
  • Proficiency in IT and computer use.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Capable of working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  • Comfortable working on computers for extended periods.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Empathetic listener with a commitment to integrity.
  • Proactive and innovative approach to tasks.
  • Punctuality and a strong sense of responsibility.

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