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Justice Officer 4 (Program Administration Officer 3)

Date: Jan 8, 2019

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3K 5R5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 1/22/2019  




Justice Officer 4 (Program Administration Officer 3), Permanent, HALIFAX 


Competition # 17730  



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.


The courts act independently from the government to address individual cases.


About Our Opportunity


The Justice Officer administers and delivers a broad range of court support services within the Supreme Court (Family Division), including directing document preparation to initiate legal proceedings, assisting court users to consider and initiate appropriate options to resolve conflicts, offering appropriate legal information and assistance and operating special programs in the court such as Parent Information. 


The Justice Officer case manages high-volume and often high conflict cases, offers assisted dispute resolution services to facilitate an agreement on issues between parties in appropriate cases, prepares court orders, interprets and analyses financial information provided by clients and performs the judicial functions and duties of a Court Officer and Deputy Prothonotary.  The Justice Officer liaises with the Judiciary, members of the legal profession and the general public, responding to requests for information and assistance daily.


About You


A Bachelor’s degree plus five years related experience in a legal/justice environment or an acceptable equivalent of education, experience and training.


As the successful candidate you have knowledge and experience providing client-based services as required.  You will have previous experience and formal training in domestic violence issues, assisted dispute resolution, interviewing and client assessment.  You will analyze, interpret and demonstrate an understanding of the Rules & Statutes that govern court actions and applying them to the court process.  


You must possess a high level of diplomacy, tact and professionalism and the ability to deal with difficult people and demanding situations communicating with tact and discretion in a clear, concise manner.  Time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines for a high volume of case management; a sound working knowledge of the Justice System, Family Division, court support programs, community referral agencies, and proficiency in automated computer software programs are key in this role.

The ability to work within a team and provide direction to support staff is essential.  Self-directed behavior, analytical and conceptual thinking and creative approaches to problem solving are required.


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


Fluency (both oral and written) in the French Language will be considered an asset. 


A test will be administered as part of the screening and selection process. 


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



Pay Grade:  PR 13  


Salary Range:  $2,291.99 - $2,786.11 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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