Lawyer 1-3 (Solicitor 1-3)

Lawyer 1-3 (Solicitor 1-3)

Competition # : 42492

Department: Justice

Location: TRURO

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGLA

Closing Date: 24-Apr-24 (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 Team in Truro.

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

Primary Accountabilities

Appear regularly before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division).

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 one year of practice experience in family law.

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. They 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 asset qualifications for the position:

Practice experience in child protection law.

Practice experience representing a child protection agency.

Experience practicing within government.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


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 the link on our job page to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

Physical effort includes:

Sitting at a computer for long periods of time

Sensory attention includes:

Ability to review voluminous written material, to write, to think conceptually and to think strategically

Mental focus is required for long periods of time and very good memory is required

Ability to handle adversarial and hostile people in ways that de-escalate and build insights with others in frequently required.

Mental pressure includes:

Ability to handle pressure situations, multiple deadlines and many competing demands.

Long periods of concentration are required at hearings and writing briefs
Must handle hostile situations in a way that allows one to glean the relevant information but not engage it personally and not react to it negatively.

May be required to work overtime on occasion

What We Offer

Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.

Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.

Mentoring and collaborative team environment.

Ability to participate in Earned Days Off (1 day off every 3 weeks).

Flexible working arrangements (up to 2 days of remote work per week).

Countless career paths within the Legal Services Division and other areas of Government.

Pay Grade: LAW 01 – LAW 03

Salary Range: $3,297.75 – $6,084.28 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 an Association position initially restricted to current Nova Scotia Government Lawyers Association employees. In accordance with the Agreement with the Nova Scotia Government Lawyers Association, the order of consideration will be eligible ‘Expression of Interest’ EOI applicants, eligible internal applicants then external applicants. 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

Link to Job Posting:

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 04/24/2024