The Legal Aid Commission was established by the Legal Aid Act to provide authorized legal advice and services to qualifying NWT residents. Staff lawyers give legal advice and represent persons accused of a criminal offence, protect and assert their legal rights and interests, and fulfill the obligations imposed by the Charter and the Legal Aid Act. Staff lawyers employed by the Legal Aid Commission adhere to the Mission of the Department of Justice to protect and promote the rights and safety of all people in the NWT with efficient and responsive justice programs and services.
The Staff Lawyer II – III Family is required to:
• Work independently on files assigned by the Executive Director under moderate supervision;
• Provide thorough opinions on the merits of applications for legal aid including reference to the relevant law ensuring that the opinions provide clear basis for the Executive Director’s decision to fund applications;
• Recognize that the impact of advice, opinions and service provided on behalf of clients can be critical to and have significant impact upon them and their families;
• Take on files of increasing complexity in custody and child support applications and child protection matters ranging from care agreements to lengthy and complex permanent wardship applications;
Typically the above qualifications would be obtained by:
Law Degree and membership in the NWT Bar; Staff Lawyer II – three years as legal counsel practicing in the family law area will be required along with experience working in a legal aid environment and experience in managing other lawyers and support staff; Staff Lawyer III – five years as legal counsel practicing in the family law area will be required along with experience working in a legal aid environment.
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Link to Job Posting: https://www.gov.nt.ca/careers/en/job/23795
Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 05/27/2023