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Crown Attorney, Halifax Region

Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3K5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia


Apply By: 1/25/2019  


Public Prosecution Service 


Crown Attorney, Halifax Region, Term, HALIFAX  


Competition # 17774 




About Us


Crown Attorneys are prosecutors. They are not investigators and do not lay criminal charges. Investigations are conducted by the police. The police decide whether to lay a charge. In some cases, Crown Attorneys are asked by police for advice on whether there is enough evidence to lay a charge. And, if so, whether there is a realistic prospect of conviction. But the police do not have to follow this advice. The decision to lay a charge rests with the police.


After a charge is laid by the police, it is the Crown Attorney who decides whether the charge should go to trial. The Crown Attorney makes that decision by reviewing all of the evidence and deciding if there is a realistic prospect of conviction. Even when there is a realistic prospect of conviction, a Crown Attorney may decide not to go to trial if he or she believes it is not in the public interest.


About the Opportunity


The Crown Attorney reports to the Chief Crown Attorney to whom they are accountable for the provision of competent prosecution services. The incumbent will advise law enforcement agencies when requested.  Other key responsibilities include conducting the prosecution of charges resulting from matters within the Public Prosecution Service mandate that result from law enforcement agency investigations and other prosecutions and duties as directed by the Chief Crown Attorney.  Although these positions are normally located within the Halifax Region, successful applicants may be required to travel to all parts of the province to prosecute cases and may be required to do so for extended periods of time.


About You


A practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society.  Experience in criminal prosecutions, including as a per diem Crown Attorney for PPS (NS) would be an asset.  A thorough understanding of the prosecution process and competence in the areas of criminal procedures, evidence and substantive criminal law would also be an asset.  Successful applicants may be required to provide a current Certificate of Standing from their law society, including all jurisdictions of which they are members, whether non-practicing or practicing.


Other Considerations


This is a 12 month term position, with an end date of Feb. 10, 2020.



Pay Grade:  CA 01 - SCA 11  


Salary Range:  $2,500.18 - $5,178.96 Bi-Weekly


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.


All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here.


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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