Paralegal Assistant

Title: Paralegal Assistant
Terms of Employment: Permanent
Reports to: Lead Counsel
Location: Dartmouth, NS

Position Summary:
Organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing systems. Gather and arrange evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation. Conduct research, and prepare affidavits, applications, orders, and other pleadings to assist legal counsel in the conduct of each stage of child protection proceedings. May also be requested to help lawyers during trials by handling exhibits, taking notes, or reviewing trial transcripts.

The ideal candidate will be creative, motivated to excel, and able to effectively deal with stressful situations, provide leadership, possess an aptitude for research, proven analytical skills, effective interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to function with a minimum of supervision in a team environment.

The essential duties of this position include both administrative and clerk responsibilities, including keeping on top of court dates and deadlines; successfully managing a busy calendar; authoring basic correspondence; anticipating the next steps to keep files moving; as well as administrative duties, such as filing and transcribing dictation; preparing pleadings, and affidavits pursuant to instructions.
Must have careful attention to detail, be extremely organized, and work with minimal instruction and supervision.
The ideal candidate will possess high-quality drafting skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Legal Counsel, the Paralegal Assistant is responsible for:
– Legal research, preparation, and processing of legal documentation and correspondence relating to legal matters in applications, trials, hearings, adjudications, and appeals, utilizing litigation support software and generally facilitating the litigation process.
– Assisting with litigation case design using litigation support software, review of documents, and use of technology to assist in case preparation and disclosure of documents.
– The Paralegal Assistant will be involved in trial preparation, filing of documents, and liaising with Court staff.

Qualifications:
-Legal Assistant or Paralegal diploma from a recognized institution
-Prior experience as a Legal Assistant in Family Law considered an asset
-Knowledge of Provincial Government Departments and Agencies
-Must have research skills, including electronic research skills, experience using Microsoft Word, Outlook, or similar/transferable programs, electronic research databases, and experience in the drafting and preparation of litigation documentation and correspondence
-Must be familiar with and have a working knowledge of the Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules, Family Court Rules, the litigation process, and Statutes and Regulations of the Province of Nova Scotia

Classification Range : TE 18(1) – TE 21(5)
Salary range : $45,451.38 – $60,127.86

A resume with a cover letter should be submitted directly to:
Holly MacDonald, Human Resource Manager
Email: holly.macdonald@novascotia.ca

Interviews may take place during the posting period.

Deadline for Applications: Thursday, June 30, 2022
We are an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, or discharge, will be based on, competence, performance, and Agency need.
Qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preferences Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 06/30/2022