Government of Nova Scotia Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
Apr 15, 2021Full time
Competition # : 30021 Department: Public Prosecution Service Location: Amherst and Kentville Type of Employment: Internship Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG Closing Date: 4/28/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time) About Us 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: Represent the Crown in the conduct of criminal trials and quasi criminal appeals before all levels of courts. Participate in the development of criminal law and criminal prosecutions policy. Provide advice to police in respect of prosecutions generally or in respect of specific investigations About Our Opportunity As the Intern Legal Assistant, you will work in a team environment providing legal assistance, case management, file management and secretarial/administrative support for Crown Attorneys of the Public Prosecution Service. Your knowledge of legal terminology and specialized criminal law procedures will be put to the test as you use your understanding of the prosecution process and court proceedings to support the Public Prosecution Office. Primary Accountabilities In this role you will be creating, tracking and managing all Public Prosecution Service criminal and administrative files. In the trial/appeal process, you will prepare legal documents including affidavits, subpoenas and orders, briefs, factums and memoranda, while ensuring that the highest PPS and Court standards of accuracy and completeness are met in a highly confidential office setting. You will respond to requests from all levels of government, private law firms and the public for information and assistance and acts as a referral source for victims of crime to Victim Services agencies. Qualifications and Experience To be eligible as Intern Legal Assistant, you must have graduated within the past three (3) years with a certificate or diploma from a Paralegal program or Legal Assistant program. As the ideal candidate you will have strong attention to detail, prioritization and organizational skills with the ability to combine speed and accuracy while under pressure to meet deadlines. You are able to deal effectively in a multifaceted and sometimes stressful environment (often in confrontational and sensitive situations) while ensuring confidentiality. Fairness and impartiality must be displayed at all times with clients and other staff, police, and defense lawyers, and all duties and responsibilities are to be carried out with the highest degree of confidentiality. Must have excellent verbal and written skills, a high degree of initiative, problem solving, independent work habits, and readily accept responsibility. All successful candidates must be able to pass appropriate background checks. 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. Benefits 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.