Department: Public Prosecution Service
Type of Employment: Term
Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG
Closing Date: 12/7/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service (PPS) was established in 1990 as the first statutorily based independent prosecution service in Canada. The Public Prosecution Service is responsible for all prosecutions and appeals within the jurisdiction of the Attorney General.
With the guiding mission of providing fair and equal treatment in the prosecution of offences, the PPS prosecutes charges laid under the Criminal Code and under Nova Scotia statutes such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The Head Office is in Halifax and there are regional offices located throughout the province.
The core functions of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service are to:
For more information on the Public Prosecution Service please visit the following link: https://novascotia.ca/pps/.
If you are looking to work in a dynamic, fast paced organization that offers unique challenges, this may be the job for you!
As a Legal Assistant within the Public Prosecution Service, you will provide legal assistance, case management, file management and secretarial and administrative support for Crown Attorneys. This position requires strong secretarial/administrative skills, an understanding of the prosecution process and court proceedings, knowledge of legal terminology and specialized procedures pertaining to criminal law and the ability to work in a team environment.
Duties include, but are not limited to, creating, tracking and managing all Public Prosecution Service criminal and administrative files and all document preparation for trial and Appellate operations of the Public Prosecution Service.
In the trial process, the Legal Assistant prepares legal documents including affidavits, subpoenas and orders, prepares briefs, factums and memoranda, etc. ensuring that the highest Public Prosecution Service and Court standards of accuracy and completeness are met in a highly confidential office setting.
You possess a certificate/diploma from a Paralegal or Legal Assistant Training program, as well as 3 years of experience working in a legal practice. An acceptable combination of your education and experience will be considered.
As our Legal Assistant, you are required to have experience and competency in an automated environment, with proficient and accurate transcription from handwritten or dicta methods and typing using the Microsoft suite or similar transferrable programs. The successful candidate will have knowledge of legal terminology and specialized procedures pertaining to criminal law, as well as experience using the STAR/STOR central file management system or other electronic file management system.
While working under limited, and at times no direct supervision, you must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills to deal effectively with various government agencies and individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system including police investigators, victims, witnesses and accused persons.
As our successful candidate, you will demonstrate strong prioritization and organizational skills and the ability to deal effectively in a multifaceted and stressful environment (often in confrontational and sensitive situations) while ensuring confidentiality is maintained. You combine speed with accuracy, giving attention to detail while working under pressure to meet deadlines. Our ideal candidate has the strong verbal and written interpersonal and communication skills required to deal effectively with individuals in all levels of government, private law firms and the public, as well as initiative, judgement and problem-solving skills.
Knowledge of Provincial government departments and agencies and a working knowledge of the procedures associated with legal research and retrieval of relevant case law using electronic tools (e.g., Quicklaw, Westlaw, CanLII and/or legal libraries) are considered assets for this position.
We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s) and reference checks.
Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.
This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of July 2023. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate. This opportunity will work out of the Halifax and/or Dartmouth offices.
On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View News Release.
Pay Grade: CL 21
Salary Range: $1,719.83 - $1,917.08 Bi-Weekly
Employment Equity Statement:
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.
This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:
Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.
External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.
Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to Competitions@novascotia.ca.
Province of Nova Scotia