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Justice Officer 3 (Clerk 5, Judicial Support)

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 1E7

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 1/24/2019  




Justice Officer 3 (Clerk 5, Judicial Support), Permanent, HALIFAX 


Competition # 17761  



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


As the successful clerk (Justice Officer), you will coordinate and manage court hearings held in all levels of Court and provide confidential secretarial, administrative and organizational support to the Judiciary.  The successful candidate will act in the role of the clerk in all courts, including jury sitting and performs judicial and quasi-judicial duties as a Justice of the Peace.


In this position, you may be required to perform duties in Court Administration.  Under the Judge’s direction, the clerk will draft and prepare complex orders arising from court hearings, review and applying relevant acts, statutes, policies and procedures to all court documentation.  Duties include recording and transcribing all court proceedings by means of electronic recording equipment. 


Some overtime may be required.


About You


Two years related post-secondary education plus five years related experience with exposure to the Legal/Justice environment, or an acceptable equivalent and/or a paralegal diploma and three years of relevant experience.


For this position, your experience and competency in keyboarding, word processing and other standard computer applications are required.  You will also possess excellent proofreading, spelling and grammar skills.  Your superior organizational abilities, detail-oriented, strong prioritizations skills, with a combination of speed and accuracy, assist with your attention to detail for a variety of tasks while meeting tight deadlines.  You’re able to work independently and as part of a team.  You must be fair and impartial to all clients, with a high degree of confidentiality while exercising your excellent interpersonal and communication skills when dealing with difficult people in complex, sensitive and stressful situations with tact and discretion.


You must demonstrate an 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, you will demonstrate a high level of initiative and problem-solving abilities and readily accept responsibilities.


Transcribing skills, training and/or experience in mediation and non-conflict resolution and bilingualism, with oral and written skills in English and French would be considered assets.


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


Other Considerations


As part of the competition process the candidate will be required to do a grammar and typing test.


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


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.



Pay Grade:  CL 24  


Salary Range:  $1,918.30 - $2,089.57 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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