Prosecution Lawyer

  • City of Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Feb 13, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other) Litigator

Job Description

Prosecutor 1

Job Classification Title PROSECUTOR 1 Job ID # 2318564 X Division & Section Legal Services , Prosecutions Work Location OLD CITY HALL, 60 QUEEN ST W,YORK CIVIC CENTRE, 2700 EGLINTON AVE W Job Type & Duration Permanent, Full-Time , Indefinite Term Salary/Rate $47.75 - $52.30 / Hour Shift Information Monday to Friday, 35 Hours Per Week Affiliation L79 Full-time Number of Positions Open 2 Posting Period 28-Jan-2019  to  11-Feb-2019 Job Description


Major Responsibilities:

  • Represents the City of Toronto in the Ontario Court of Justice in an advocacy role on charges initiated by the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Service, inspectors, investigators and City enforcement staff for violations of the various statutes and by-laws including the Municipal Code, Building Code, Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Highway Traffic Act, Planning Act, Tobacco Control Act, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, Liquor License Act, Off-Road Vehicles Act, Safe Streets Act, Trespass to Property Act and Dog Owner’s Liability Act
  • Appears at  judicial pretrial meetings, negotiates resolutions with opposing counsel, agents and members of the public while ensuring adherence to departmental and public policy
  • Composes and analyzes technical legal documents and correspondence, including but not limited to Evidence Act Notices, disclosure materials, Notices of Motion, Affidavits, Summonses, Factums, Search Warrants, reports, written submissions, opinions on issues of law, Closure Orders, Prohibition Orders, Destruction Orders and Interim Custody Orders
  • Researches and analyzes case law using legal tools (e.g. Quicklaw, precedent files) to determine appropriate course of action and to assess sufficiency of evidence at trial and make recommendations to City staff
  • Conducts research, analysis and interpretations of statutes and regulations required for the evaluation of evidence in the preparation for trial while keeping apprised of developing case law and amendments to statutes, legislation and the municipal bylaws
  • Represents the City of Toronto in the Ontario Court of Justice in trials, appeals, and motions including motions under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Assesses case files, determines the prospect of conviction, prosecutes cases in court, tenders evidence, examines and cross-examines witnesses, presents oral and written arguments, summarizes evidence and makes submissions regarding recommendations for judgment and sentence
  • Coordinates and meets with the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Service, inspectors, investigators, City enforcements staff, civilian and expert witnesses to prepare for their appearance in the Ontario Court of Justice at trial
  • Prepares and analyzes current internal and external training materials for City enforcement staff to assist in their gathering of evidence
  • Instructs enforcement staff on prosecutorial related issues. Conducts educational seminars for all relevant enforcement staff to ensure sufficiency of evidence to support charges, preparation of documentary evidence, proper conduct in court, understanding of trial procedure and preparedness for cross-examination
  • Provides advice and guidance to police, members of the legal profession, City of Toronto officials, member of the public, and administrative staff based on knowledge of the requirements and procedures under the Provincial Offences Act, rules of court and other applicable legislation
  • Prepares correspondence for client departments including case dispositions and enforcements reports
  • Initiates, conducts and responds to appeals before Judges in the Ontario Court of Justice, Appeal level, including the research and preparation of oral and written legal arguments
  • Attends neighbouring jurisdictions to prosecute as required
  • Performs screening of administrative penalties for the City of Toronto and attends hearings before the Administrative Penalty Tribunal.


Key Qualifications:


Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Must possess a valid license from the Law Society of Upper Canada as a lawyer or paralegal.
  2. Experience in prosecuting charges under the Provincial Offences Act, Municipal By-laws and other Provincial Statutes, or a combination prosecution and defence representation experience, specifically with respect to charges under the Provincial Offences Act.
  3. Considerable experience utilizing a variety of MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as e-mail, Internet and Intranet.

 You must also have:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Provincial Offences Act
  • Knowledge of applicable legal practices and procedures in the Ontario Court of Justice
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Written communication skills to prepare correspondence and legal documentation.
  • Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with the public and staff
  • Skills of advocacy; good judgement and analytical skills to assess case evidence, determine whether or not to prosecute, and to determine how to proceed with cases in court


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:The City of Toronto is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve. 




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Practice Area(s)



5 years