Justice Officer - Metro Provincial Courts (Hiring Pool)



Competition # : 43029 

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 28-Jul-24 ​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

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, including court administration and security.  

The Division provides administrative support to the courts listed: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (including Family Division), Provincial Court, Family Court, Small Claims Court, Probate Court and Bankruptcy Court. The courts act independently from the government to address individual cases.  

For more information on the Department of Justice Court Services please visit our website: https://novascotia.ca/just/Court_Services/

About Our Opportunity

As a Justice Officer, you will provide a broad range of administrative support, as well as being the first point of contact for the public and clients of the Court system.  You will receive and balance monies paid into the court and enter and retrieve data from automated systems.  You will also record and process documentation, adhere to policies and processes and maintain filing systems—all while working as a team player.

In the role of Justice Officer, you may be required to attend Court to call cases and swear or affirm witnesses, interpreters, and translators.  The incumbent will also perform quasi-judicial duties as a Staff Justice of the Peace as assigned and appointed under the Justice of the Peace Act. 

Primary Accountabilities

Responsibilities include: 

  • Receive and respond to requests relating to all court matters dealt with by various levels of court by telephone, fax and email.
  • Receive and receipt all monies paid to the court, balance monies received on a daily basis, prepare daily cash reports and bank deposits in accordance with departmental account procedures.
  • Maintain court filing systems.
  • Schedule court cases and monitor the court calendar of pending cases.
  • Provide a broad range of administrative support services.
  • Provide legal information to the public regarding navigating the court system, court forms and procedures.

Qualifications and Experience

As the successful Justice Officer, you will have four years related experience.  A relevant combination of education and experience will be considered.  Exposure to a legal environment is considered an asset.

For this position, your experience and competency in a computerized environment with proficient and accurate keyboarding and data entry skills is required.  You will have experience adapting to rapidly evolving technologies and procedures.

You will possess strong communication and customer service skills and have experience handling cash and debit/credit card payment transactions.      

Your ability to deal effectively with the public in a multifaceted and stressful environment, often in confrontational and sensitive situations will be important to your success in this role.  The strong organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills you have developed will be important.  Your key skills include attention to detail, confidentiality, and the ability to work under pressure and deadlines. 

Sound knowledge of the justice system and government services for referral are assets in this position.  Bilingualism with oral and written skills in English and French will also be considered an asset.  

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.


Include, but not limited to:

  • Three years of undergraduate study in addition to one year of related experience
  • A two-year certificate/diploma plus two years of related experience
  • A one-year certificate/diploma plus three years of related experience

Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day (typically the hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, this may vary depending on operational needs).
  • You will be exposed to emotional and sensitive issues. Dealing with difficult or distraught individuals creates a stressful environment.
  • There is a high demand for accuracy and attention to detail while working in a high volume and complex service area. Errors can result in significant impacts for justice system participants. 
  • Regardless of the situation you must be able to display a completely impartial attitude at all times. 

Additional Information

This competition is being used to create a Hiring Pool to fill current vacancies and future ones that may arise over the next several months.  Opportunities may include Permanent/Term/Temporary and/or Casual roles. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate in relation to the duration of the assignment.

Some travel and overtime may be required.

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

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  CL 21  

Salary Range:  $1,834.08 - $2,044.45 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 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. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.