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Justice Officer 3, Court Administration (Clerk 5)

Date: Dec 5, 2018

Location: AMHERST, NS, CA, B4H 3A6

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/19/2018  




Justice Officer 3, Court Administration (Clerk 5), Permanent, AMHERST 


Competition # 17556  



About Us


The Court Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice is dedicated to excellent service and the provision of fair and accessible administration of justice.


About Our Opportunity


The clerk is responsible for exhibit control, scheduling and monitoring cases, preparation and distribution of court orders and dockets, document management, month end balancing and statistical data collection, for all levels of Court. The clerk scrutinizes documents, applies relevant Acts, statutes, policies and procedures and determines corrective measures where necessary. 


The clerk will train and mentor new staff in the day to day operational activities; liaises with the Judiciary and legal profession on a daily basis and responds to general-public inquiries and information requests; and schedule court cases. May be required to attend court and perform court related functions, along with performing the duties of a Justice of the Peace. The candidate performs the position duties in accordance with, and as assigned under, the Court Officials Act. Some travel may be required.


About You


Two years related post-secondary education plus five years related experience in a legal environment; or an acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience with exposure to the justice system may be acceptable.


For this position, experience and competency in keyboarding, word processing and other standard computer applications are required.  The successful candidate will also possess excellent proofreading, spelling and grammar skills.  The clerk must have superior organizational abilities, be detail-oriented, have strong prioritization skills and the ability to combine speed and accuracy with attention to detail for a variety of tasks while under pressure to meet tight deadlines.  They must be able to work independently and as part of a team.


The Clerk must be fair and impartial to all clients and all duties must be completed with a high degree of confidentiality, sensitivity, discretion and tact. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential in order to deal with difficult people in complex and stressful situations.


The successful candidate must have demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the Rules and Statutes that govern the courts as well as a sound working knowledge of legal documents, forms, court procedures and legal terminology.  In conjunction with legal research skills, the Clerk will demonstrate a high level of initiative and problem-solving abilities and readily accept responsibilities.


Transcribing skills, training and/or experience in mediation and conflict resolution, accounting or bookkeeping skills would be considered assets.  Bilingualism, with oral and written skills in English and French would be also be an asset.


Candidates may be required to obtain training in Firearms Safety in relation to handling evidence and/or may be required to successfully complete the Nova Scotia Certified Transcribers qualification.


Other Considerations


This position will require an enhanced level of security screening for an external application.



Pay Grade:  CL 24  


Salary Range:  $1,918.00 - $2,089.00 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).


If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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