Prosecutor / Legal Services Officer

  • Metrolinx
  • Canada
  • Jan 29, 2023
Remote Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Metrolinx is connecting communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Metrolinx operates GO Transit and UP Express, as well as the PRESTO fare payment system. We are also building new and improved rapid transit, including GO Expansion, Light Rail Transit routes, and major expansions to Toronto’s subway system, to get people where they need to go, better, faster and easier. Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario.   At Metrolinx, equity, diversity and inclusion are essential to living our values of serving with passion, thinking forward and playing as a team.

Our Compliance & Prosecution Services Office is seeking a Prosecutor, Legal Services Officer, to administer daily processing of Provincial Offences and Administrative Fees Program Notices and other relevant documentation, and provide legal representation for Metrolinx in proceedings (e.g. provincial offences court, alternative dispute resolution hearings, and small claims court proceedings).

  What will I be doing?
  • Conducts prosecutions in the Ontario Court of Justice of various provincial statutes and by-laws including the Trespass to Property Act, Liquor License and Control Act, select Highway Traffic Act offences, and the Metrolinx Act (and associated by-laws)
  • Conducts charge-screening of provincial offence cases (Part I, Part II and Part III matters) to determine the prospect of conviction, tenders evidence, examines and cross-examines witnesses, presents oral and written arguments, summarizes evidence and makes submissions regarding recommendations for judgment and sentence.
  • Managing and processing disclosure requests.
  • Maintains and updates electronic files and to maintain the accuracy of trial dates and dispositions; issues monthly reports on court results and court fine revenue, and advises Customer Protective Services team of court schedules.
  • Data collecting and recording of dispositions arising from Metrolinx’s Administrative Fees program and provincial offence courts.
  • Prepares all Statements of Claim and Defences (e.g. related correspondence, forms, documents) and recovers damages owed by third parties within the Small Claims Court jurisdiction.
  • Registers Provincial Offences tickets/documents with applicable courts and records notices for statistical purposes; reports errors to the supervisor and makes recommendations for review of specific charges.
  • Acts as a Commissioner of Oaths to validate oaths, documents, and taking affidavits
  • Instructs and provides guidance to members of the Customer Protective Services team and other business units on prosecutorial related issues, without direct supervisory responsibility.
  • Assists as a Board-appointed Screening Officer in Metrolinx’s Administrative Fees Program pursuant to the provisions of Metrolinx Act, and administrative fees regulation within applicable Acts and Bylaws.
  • Conducts formal and informal resolution meetings with patrons to review Provincial Offences Act matters, and Metrolinx bylaws.
  • Assists as court support in Metrolinx’s Court Advocate program assisting employees who have become a victim or a witness in on-duty work-related incident.
  • Liaises with court administration and defense legal representation in Provincial Court case presentation, disclosure, charges, adjournments, sentencing submissions, and withdrawals of charges.
  • Liaises with counsel and legal representatives, and attends judicial pre-trials and settlement conferences.
  • Liaises with each jurisdiction’s Crown Attorney and Police Services to identify needs to be addressed in Crown Briefs.
  • Stays abreast of current case law and changes in practice and procedure for legal proceedings
  • Adheres to applicable Bylaws and provincial Acts while prosecuting and representing Metrolinx in Court and legal proceedings.
  • Monitors the effectiveness of charges in court and provides recommendations to supervisor
  • Adjusts administrative procedures to reflect changes in court locations and responsibilities
  • Coordinates and maintains administrative procedures associated with prosecution and fare, parking and other by-law activities.
  • Monitors, assesses, and reports performance of staff assigned to court to maintain a professional image.
  • Designs, updates, and delivers training to new Customer Protective Service Officers to educate them about laying Provincial Offence charges, and charges within the Administrative Fees program.
  • Responds to inquiries and resolves concerns, as appropriate, from the general public, court, etc.
  • Participates on committees, working groups, and, special projects, as assigned.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, in accordance with business unit and divisional objectives.
  • Attends various jurisdictions to prosecute and file court documents.
What Skills and Qualifications Do I Need?
  • Completion of a diploma in the Court & Tribunal Agent program, or a related discipline or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent.
  • Minimum four (4) years’ experience in the prosecution or equivalent work experience in law enforcement, a law office, or paralegal firm with a solid background in administrative and courtroom procedures.
  • P1 licence in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • A valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license that meets the corporate standard for a good driving record is required.
  • The ability to obtain the GO Transit Operator’s Permit is required.
  • The ability to pass an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) security clearance check is required
  • Knowledge of the Integrated Courts Offender Network (ICON) would be an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of the Provincial Offences Act, Trespass to Property Act, Highway Traffic Act, court room procedures, rules of evidence, Charter of Rights & Freedoms, related statutes and regulations, and other applicable regulations
  • Knowledge of investigation techniques employed by law enforcement personnel and analytical skills to determine legal arguments.
  • Organizational skills to coordinate court activities.
  • MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams etc.)
  • Interpersonal, public relations, negotiation, conflict resolution, oral/written/presentation communication, tact, diplomacy, and persuasiveness to professionally conduct prosecutions, present legal arguments, cross-examine defendants, and deal effectively with members of the legal profession, the judiciary, members of public and staff.

Note : This position requires the incumbent to deal with persons displaying emotional distress. Position may be exposed to inclement weather conditions and difficult road conditions due to amount of time spent driving to and from various court locations.

Don’t Meet Every Requirement? If you’re excited about working with Metrolinx but your past experience doesn’t quite align with every qualification of this posting, we encourage you to apply. You just might be the right candidate for this or other roles. We are always looking for great talent to join our team.   We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from members of equity-deserving communities, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized, women, people with disabilities, and people with diverse gender identities, expressions and sexual orientations.   Accommodation: We value the unique skills and experiences each person brings to Metrolinx and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment. We are committed to the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act so if you require accommodation during the hiring process, please let our Recruitment team know by contacting us at: 416-202-5601 or email   Application Process: All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Metrolinx will be using email to communicate with you for all job competitions. It is your responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time-sensitive correspondence, we recommend that you check your email regularly. If no response is received, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing the opportunity. Please be advised that a Criminal Record Check may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided is misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.   Metrolinx employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with Metrolinx’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Standard, made under the Metrolinx Communicable Diseases in the Workplace Policy, as a condition of being eligible for the recruitment process. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required. If you are not able to obtain COVID-19 vaccination for a reason related to a protected ground of discrimination under applicable human rights legislation, you can request accommodation from Metrolinx.   We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.   WE ARE AN EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE EMPLOYER.   #LI-SC1