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Appeals Crown Attorney

Date: Jan 14, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 0E8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28737 

Department: Public Prosecution Service

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSCAA 

Closing Date: 1/28/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service (PPS) was established in 1990 as the first statutorily-based independent prosecution service in Canada.


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 located in Halifax and there are regional offices 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 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 particular investigations
  • After a charge is laid by police a Crown Attorney will review the evidence and determine if there is a realistic prospect of conviction
  • The Crown Attorney will also consider the public interest to determine if a charge should proceed even if there is a realistic prospect of conviction

About Our Opportunity


The Crown Attorney, Appeals and Special Prosecution Section, is located in the Nova Centre offices of the Public Prosecution Service, in Halifax.  


As the Crown Attorney, Appeals, your duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Preparation and argument of criminal appeals before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and other provincial appellate courts in cases where the local provincial Crowns are conflicted from having carriage of the matter under appeal
  • Applications for leave to appeal and appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Legal opinions on recommendations for appeal
  • Attendance at section meetings
  • Providing advice to trial Crown Attorneys regarding jury charges, evidentiary issues, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms issues, constitutionality of legislation, and various other issues
  • Preparation for and attendance in Court of Appeal Chambers on a variety of contested and uncontested motions
  • There may be times that you will be required to conduct criminal trials, particularly if they involve complex legal issues

About You


This is a “hit the ground running” opportunity. The complement of the Appeals section and its current file load is such that the candidate must be able to carry a full workload with minimal training and supervision.


A practising member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of the prosecution process and competence in the areas of criminal procedure, evidence and substantive criminal law, particularly as it relates to criminal appeals practice.  The applicant must possess a minimum of eight years’ combined experience in the criminal trial and appellate courts.


As the successful candidate, you will demonstrate skills in research and analysis, legal writing and oral argument and thorough knowledge of the appeals provisions of the Criminal Code and Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules. 

Qualifications and Experience


The successful candidate must have:

      (i)     A minimum of one years’ full-time experience, within the past two years, in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

     (ii)     Recent experience in conducting bail pending appeal motions pursuant to section 679 of the Criminal Code

    (iii)     Experience in filing written submissions in the Supreme Court of Canada within the past two years

    (iv)     Experience in arguing Charter issues at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal within the past two years


Experience on any national Heads of Prosecutions Committees or Working Groups will be considered an asset.


Experience in any Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service committees will be considered an asset.


Experience in making presentations on legal issues to the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service and to other justice stakeholders will be considered an asset.


The successful applicant may be required to provide a current Certificate of Standing from their law society, including all jurisdictions of which they are members, whether practising or non-practising.


Pay Grade:  SCA 03 - SCA 10  

Salary Range:  $4,545.78 - $5,631.80 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 Crown Attorney employees.  In accordance with the Crown Attorney Employment Agreement, the order of consideration will be ‘Expression of Interest’ EOI applicants, internal applicants then external applicants. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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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