Case Management Officer (2-year contract)

  • Government of Alberta
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Aug 22, 2017
Full time Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

The Court of Appeal is looking for a lawyer to join the Calgary office as a Case Management Officer (CMO). The CMO reports to the Chief Justice of Alberta for functional purposes and to the Court's Executive Director & Registrar for administrative purposes and works in close proximity with the Courts' List Management Justices.

The Court of Appeal Act and the Alberta Rules of Court provide the CMO a quasi-judicial jurisdiction to assist the Court with respect to the management of matters before it including:

    • categorizing an appeal as a fast track appeal or a standard appeal,

 

    • enforcing, staying, shortening or extending times or deadlines,

 

    • permitting filing of deficient documents, amending documents and varying the contents or format of documents to be filed,

 

    • restoring appeals by consent, and

 

  • calling the appeal lists and setting, adjourning and re-scheduling matters for hearing.


The CMO monitors individual appeals to identify and resolve issues related to their timely and effective progress. This includes analyzing procedural and legal questions, suggesting available courses of action and making administrative decisions, all in accordance with the Court of Appeal Act , Alberta Rules of Court, Consolidated Practice Directions and internal protocols.

The CMO acts as:

    • a direct liaison between the parties to an appeal (or their lawyers) and the Court,

 

    • a subject matter expert on committees and projects affecting the Court of Appeal, and

 

  • an advisor, gathering information for the Chief Justice, List Management Justices and Executive Director & Registrar on issues related to appeal trends and court procedures. In doing so, the CMO will take a leadership role in recommending amendments to the Rules of Court, Practice Directions and internal procedures for the purposes of streamlining and improving the timely resolution of appeals.


The CMO works:

    • in the Registry and is required to provide procedural advice and direction to the judges of the Court of Appeal, Registry staff, other internal staff, lawyers and their support staff and self-represented litigants on all matters relating to an appeal, and

 

  • in conjunction with the Edmonton CMO and provides cover-off when required.


To be successful in this role you must possess the following skills:

    • exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written),

 

    • effective legal analysis skills,

 

    • the capacity to identify procedural issues and to make timely suggestions or directions for resolution,

 

    • the ability to confidently and competently make and defend administrative decisions,

 

    • the ability to be proactive in recognizing and resolving procedural matters that may impact the judiciary or the Court's operations,

 

    • effective and efficient time management skills, and

 

  • strong coordination and organizational skills.


Qualifications

A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree accompanied by a strong academic record and eligibility for entrance to the Law Society of Alberta. A minimum of 8-12 years of legal experience is required. A solid understanding of civil and criminal procedure, the Alberta Rules of Court and the Criminal Code is required. Extensive knowledge of the Court's policies, procedures and protocols is also required.
The following would be considered assets:

    • experience in private practice and in legal research and analyzing data,

 

    • experience with complex or difficult situations and conflict resolution, and

 

  • a relationship with the Calgary and Southern Alberta Bar.


Equivalencies will be considered.

Salary

Salary commensurate with experience:
8 years exp. - $6,210.33 bi-weekly
9 years exp. - $6,396.62 bi-weekly
10 years exp. - $6,588.54 bi-weekly
11 years exp. - $6,787.41 bi-weekly
12 years exp. - $6,833.07 bi-weekly

Notes

This is a two-year contract position from the date of commencement.

Final candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a security screening.

This competition may be used to fill future permanent and temporary full-time and part-time vacancies.

Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and/or salary.

How to Apply

Please submit your application online by selecting the "Apply Now" tab , located on the top or bottom of this posting, and following the corresponding prompts.

Interested candidates should provide a persuasive cover letter accompanied by a resume and references. As only one file can be uploaded to your online application, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file.

If you are unable to submit your application online, you may submit your application, quoting the Job ID , to Kayla Sieruga, Human Resource Services, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, 9th Floor, John E. Brownlee Building, 10365-97 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7; or by fax at 780-644-1395.

Please provide a valid email address with your application as interview invitations are most often sent out via email.

For individuals who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada, we recommend that they obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) and include their IQAS assessment certificate as part of their resume.

http://www.alberta.ca/iqas.aspx

Closing Statement

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed. Only the most suitable candidate(s) will be selected from this competition.