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Crown Attorney

Date: Jan 12, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, Halifax

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28681 

Department: Public Prosecution Service

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSCAA 

Closing Date: 1/26/2021 (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 quasi 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


You will report to the Chief Crown Attorney, Appeals and Special Prosecutions Section, to whom you are accountable for the provision of competent prosecution services. You will conduct the prosecution of charges resulting from matters within the Public Prosecution Service mandate that result from law enforcement agency investigations. You will work with police and prosecutors in Nova Scotia on cases including complex fraud, sexual assaults and murder.


You will also be responsible for cyber-crime, child luring and child pornography. The cybercrime component of your work may comprise at least 50% of your assignments depending on operational requirements and you may be working in collaboration with our other cybercrime prosecutors.


You will be responsible for providing pre-charge advice on investigations including assisting with search warrants and production orders and advising law enforcement on the legality of different investigative techniques. You will conduct such other prosecutions and duties as directed by the Chief Crown Attorney, Appeals and Special Prosecutions Section.

About You


As the successful applicant you will:

  • Be familiar with and have an aptitude for Internet and computer technology
  • Have significant experience in advising police on search and seizure law, including searches of computers, cell phones and other electronic devices
  • Have a thorough understanding of the prosecution process and competence in the areas of criminal procedure, evidence and substantive criminal law
  • Have significant experience in responding to Charter challenges, including search and seizure (s.8 of the Charter)
  • Have at least 5 years’ experience in criminal law and significant experience prosecuting complex matters. Preference will be given for specific experience with cyber-crime investigations or prosecutions
  • Be able to travel and prosecute throughout the Province, sometimes for extended periods


We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Other Considerations


Although this position is normally located in Halifax, the successful applicant will 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.


Pay Grade:  CA 06 - SCA 11  

Salary Range:  $4,127.66 - $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. 


Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:



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

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