Staff Lawyer II and III – Family

  • Government of Northwest Territories
  • Yellowknife, NT, Canada
  • Nov 27, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Government of Northwest Territories – Department of Justice

Yellowknife, NT

Department Information 

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and indigenous values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information 

Located in Yellowknife and reports to the Executive Director, Legal Aid Commission. The incumbent is required for the most part to work independently on files assigned by the Executive Director or senior counsel under moderate supervision, provide legal advice and representation to approved clients in the areas of family law and child protection matters, deal with other counsel and outside agencies in representing clients’ interests, prepare legal documents for court applications and motions, provide some mentoring to junior staff lawyers as directed by the Executive Director, represent clients in court proceedings in both Territorial Court and the Supreme Court, in all regions of the NWT, properly and effectively administer and document all files and comply with established office procedures, assist with public legal education and other activities directed from time to time by the Executive Director.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that people who have significant interests at stake in the justice system are entitled to state-funded counsel.

The Legal Aid Commission is established by the Legal Aid Act to provide to qualifying NWT residents legal advice and services.

Staff lawyers give the legal advice and represent persons involved in family law matters and child welfare matters, protect and assert their legal rights and interests, and fulfill the obligations imposed by the Charter and the Legal Aid Act. 

Staff lawyers employed by the Legal Aid Commission adhere to the Mission of the Department of Justice to protect and promote the rights and safety of all people in the NWT with efficient and responsive justice programs and services.


Law Degree and membership in the NWT bar plus three (3) or more years’ experience as legal counsel practicing in the same or similar areas of the law, or significant experience working in a legal aid clinic environment.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information:

The salary range for this position is from $55.76 per hour to $72.91 per hour (approximately $108,732.00 - $142,175.00) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.00.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check: 

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action:

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion: 

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information: Job Opening ID #: 17766        

Closing Date: January 6, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time.

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Management and Recruitment Services

Department of Finance

Government of the Northwest Territories

Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor 

P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9

Fax: (867) 873-0445

Practice Area(s)

Family Law


3 or more years