Legal Assistant (Internship)
Competition # : 36499
Department: Public Prosecution Service
Type of Employment: Internship
Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG
Closing Date: 8/31/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
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.
For more information on the Public Prosecution Service please visit the following link: https://novascotia.ca/pps
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.
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 act 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.
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 here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.
– Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
– May be required to work overtime on occasion
– Work is performed in a comfortable office environment
This is a temporary employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 31, 2023. The appointment status (‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.
This position requires the successful candidate to work on-site.
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
– Countless career paths
– Department specific flexible working schedules
Pay Grade: CL 18
Salary Range: $1,626.82 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.
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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.
Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 08/31/2022