• Government of Nova Scotia
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Apr 12, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Competition # : 29850

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSLGA

Closing Date: 4/9/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


About Us


The Department of Justice, Legal Services Division is the law firm for the Province of Nova Scotia. Justice lawyers have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of legal issues, providing legal services to the Crown and promoting the fair and lawful administration of public affairs in accordance with the law. The Legal Services Division consists of Solicitor Services, Litigation Services and the Registry of Regulations. We are currently recruiting for a lawyer for the Child Protection Litigation Services Team in Halifax.


For more information on the Department of Justice Legal Services please visit our website:


About Our Opportunity


As a member of the Child Protection Services team, the lawyer will be responsible for the effective and efficient representation of the Minister of Community Services in the course of proceedings before trial and appeal courts.


Qualifications and Experience


The successful candidate must:

  • Be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (or eligible for practicing membership).
  • Have a working knowledge of computer software programs, Internet and electronic mail.
  • Have practice experience in family law.
  • Have practice experience in child protection law.
  • Have three years of relevant practice experience.


The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, as well as the flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment. You will be able to effectively deal with stressful situations and have proven analytical skills, effective interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills and the ability to function with minimal supervision in a team environment.


The following are considered assets for the position:

  • Practice experience representing a child protection agency.
  • Experience practicing within government.



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.