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Director, Public Prosecution


Competition # : 35528 

Department: Public Prosecution Service

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Legal - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/30/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


In 1990, the Province of Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to deliver prosecutorial services through an independent Public Prosecution Service (PPS). Operating under the Public Prosecutions Act, the PPS handles about 40,000 cases each year through 80 Crown Attorneys across the province.


The mission of the PPS is to seek justice and serve the public interest by performing prosecution duties with fairness, professionalism, and integrity. On their behalf, we seek a seasoned lawyer and administrator to carry out this mission as Director of Public Prosecution Service.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Make decisions in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, which have significant impact for both accused persons and victims of crime
  • Achieve fair and uniform prosecutorial practices through the consistent application of directives and standards established by the PPS and the Attorney General, as applicable
  • Ensure Crown Attorneys have the tools necessary to discharge their functions through adequate assessment of and budgeting for operational requirements
  • Ensure the continued professional competence of Crown Attorneys through performance assessments, the provision of continuing legal education and professional development and training
  • Facilitate a uniform and consistent application of the criminal law through formulation and Implementation of policies and directives to Crown Attorneys
  • Maintain public trust and confidence in the PPS through effective complaint resolution, effective communications, and other appropriate means
  • Establish strategic Human Resources planning goals for the organization, including diversity, inclusion and employment equity initiatives, leadership development, professional development for all staff and performance planning
  • Meet at least twelve times per calendar year with the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General

Qualifications and Experience


  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience as a barrister
  • Must be in good standing with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Experience as a senior administrator including managing human and financial resources
  • Experience in criminal law or in litigation under provincial statutes is preferred, as is experience with the law enforcement community
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team of legal professionals
  • Leadership skills with a focus on change management, strategic planning and relationship building
  • Experience leading and supporting an organization’s Employment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and strategic planning
  • Demonstrated cultural competency
  • Demonstrated decision-making experience with sensitive issues
  • Knowledge of the mandate of the PPS and the roles and responsibilities of the Director
  • Knowledge of public policy and practice related to criminal law or offences under provincial statutes

Additional Information


The Director holds office, during good behaviour, for a term of seven years; the Director is not eligible to be reappointed to a further term of office.


Final appointment will be contingent on consultation with the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, the Chief Justice of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court and the Executive of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society.

To Apply


Please note, this opportunity is being hosted by Gerald Walsh Associates Inc.  If this role interests you, please forward your resume and a letter explaining how your background and experience meet the needs of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1926 in the subject line.


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.


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.