Program Admin Officer 3 (Prothonotary), The Law Courts
The Justice Officer administers and delivers a broad range of court support services within the Supreme Court, including directing document preparation to initiate legal proceedings, assisting court users to consider and initiate appropriate options to resolve conflicts, offering appropriate legal information and assistance.
The incumbent performs some or all of the judicial functions and duties of a Justice of the Peace, Prothonotary, and Clerk of the Small Claims Court. The Justice Officer liaises with the Judiciary, members of the legal profession and the general public on a daily basis, responding to requests for information and assistance. The Justice Officer, on a daily basis, is responsible to perform quasi-judicial function of a Prothonotary as set out in the Civil Procedure Rules, Rules and Statutes of Nova Scotia and Regulations and any other applicable rules and regulations that apply to the position.
The Justice Officer may perform accounting functions by maintaining proper accounting for the Justice Centre accounts and monitors court user fees and accounts receivable and monthly invoices. The Justice Officer performs the position duties in accordance with and as assigned under the Court Officials Act. May be required to attend court as a court clerk to call cases and swear or affirm witnesses, interpreters and translators. Some travel may be required.
A Bachelor’s degree plus five years’ experience in a legal/justice environment or an acceptable equivalent of related experience and training. A Law Degree is considered an asset. Applicants will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the Acts, Rules and Statutes that govern court actions. Sound working knowledge of the justice system, justice computer applications, court support programs and government services for referral purposes are needed.
Excellent inter-personal and assessment skills in order to appropriately deal with individuals. Must be able to work positively and effectively with people in crisis situations. Must be, and appear to be, fair and impartial to all parties. Competency and experience in an automated, computerized environment, including keyboarding and data entry skills are essential. Confidentiality and sensitivity are essential. Ability to deal with difficult people in a multi-faceted and stressful environment, communicating with tact and discretion in a clear, concise manner is essential. Training and demonstrated experience in mediation and non-conflict resolution of matters is an asset. Fluency (both oral and written) in the French language will be considered an asset.