LG CNSL 2/3 - Crown Legal Counsel

  • BC Public Service
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • May 16, 2018
Full time Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Crown Counsel

Salary for Crown Counsel Level 2: $121,030.09 - $156,960.01 annually
Salary for Crown Counsel Level 3: $161,625.82 - $185,603.45 annually
For the full list of requirements and preferences, please see the attached Job Profile.

  • This position is included in the Crown Counsel Association. Membership in the Association is mandatory and is not considered "excluded" although excluded from BCGEU membership.
  • This position is located in Vancouver, B.C., but has conduct of cases throughout the Province. Travel is a requirement. Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the ministry.
  • An eligibility list may be established for the Commercial, Police & Regulatory Prosecutions Section in Vancouver.

Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions (CASP) has two permanent positions available in the Commercial, Police & Regulatory Prosecutions Section. Counsel should be highly motivated and team oriented.

CASP is a division of the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS). The BCPS contributes to the protection of society by preparing for and conducting prosecutions diligently and fairly, and by striving to develop the most effective methods to administer justice in the Province. The BCPS prosecutes offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Criminal Justice Youth Act, and provincial statutes in the Provincial, Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia and in the Supreme Court of Canada. The BCPS provides legal advice to government and police on criminal law matters, and develops policies and procedures on issues relating to the prosecution of criminal justice. The Assistant Deputy Attorney General is responsible for the administration of the BCPS, which is divided into the Office of the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions and five regions which are headed by a Regional Crown Counsel.

CASP is responsible for the following areas of practice:(1) all indictable criminal appeals undertaken to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada, [Criminal Appeals Section]; (2) prosecutions involving commercial, police and regulatory prosecutions (including prosecutions pursuant to the B.C. Securities Act and environmental legislation) ; (3) organized and major crime prosecutions; (4) CASP is also responsible for providing prosecutorial litigation support to other prosecution offices within the BCPS in respect of constitutional challenges that arise in the trial courts [Prosecution Support Unit]; (5) CASP is also responsible for the delivery of legal resources and learning and development opportunities for the BCPS.

CASP’s management recognizes its responsibility to offer diversity in practice and is committed to facilitating the achievement of an enriched working environment. Upon their request and at the discretion of CASP management, the successful candidates may be given opportunities to conduct cases, either as counsel or co-counsel, in all sections of the office, when the operational requirements of CASP allow for it. Efforts will be made by the management group to facilitate access by all counsel to the full range of work available in the office. Assignment to individual cases is dependent on counsel’s level of skill and experience.

From time to time, the successful candidates will also, at the discretion of CASP management be required to conduct cases or provide litigation support with respect to matters falling outside of their assigned section but within the global mandate of the office. Assignments outside the successful candidate’s principal area of responsibility will be made in consultation with the candidate.

The ability to conduct cases in other regions of the province is a requirement of this position.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Daphne.Soo@gov.bc.ca . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS . For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

Education:

  • Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws Degree from an accredited common law school
  • Membership in good standing in the Law Society of British Columbia or Membership in good standing in another Canadian Law Society and immediately eligible to become a member of the Law Society of British Columbia

Experience:

  • Legal Counsel Level 2: Counsel in their 6th to 11th year of call, with a minimum of 3 years of experience as a practicing lawyer in Canada in the area of criminal law or reasonably comparable quasi-criminal law and/or regulatory law experience
  • Legal Counsel Level 3: Counsel in their 12th year of call or greater, with a minimum of 3 years of experience as a practicing lawyer in Canada in the area of criminal law or reasonably comparable quasi-criminal law and/or regulatory law experience
  • Preference may be given to applicants with experience in conducting criminal trials
  • Preference may be given to applicants with experience in conducting criminal jury trials
  • Preference may be given to applicants with experience in conducting charge assessments

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached job description.

Applicants who meet the education and experience requirements (including applied preferences) will be contacted by email inviting them to submit a writing sample. Applicants shortlisted from the writing sample stage will be contacted and invited to an interview.

Enhanced security screening and a Criminal Records Review Act Check (CRRA) will be required. Security Screening and Criminal Record Review Act checks will be conducted periodically and at least every five years.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Resume required: YES - Your resume must provide detailed information about your education and employment history in order to clearly demonstrate how you meet the required job qualifications. Please ensure your resume includes the month and year(s) for each job in your employment history as well as the job related responsibilities.

Cover letter required: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed. Please select “SKIP” on the cover letter screen to continue with your application.

Online Questionnaire: YES - As part of the application process you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the qualifications. You need to allot 30-60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: The online questionnaire cannot be saved and will time out after 60 minutes. You will need to complete the questionnaire and submit your application within 60 minutes or you will lose any information you have entered. If you require more time to prepare your responses, copy the questions and prepare your responses outside of the system and paste them into the online questionnaire when you are ready to apply. Further instructions are provided in the questionnaire and are available on the Apply for a Position page on MyHR.

NOTE: Questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job qualifications noted above so please ensure you include all relevant information about your education and experience such as the date ranges of experience, job titles, and job duties when responding to the questionnaire. Your resume may not be reviewed for shortlisting purposes.