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Justice Officer 4 (Program Admin Officer 3) (Family Service Center)

Date: Jan 8, 2019

Location: SYDNEY, NS, CA, B1P 1C3

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 1/22/2019  




Justice Officer 4 (Program Admin Officer 3) (Family Service Center), Permanent, SYDNEY 


Competition # 17496  



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 4 administers and delivers a broad range of Court support services within the Supreme, Probate and Family Courts, including directing document preparation to initiate legal proceedings, assisting Court users to consider and initiate appropriate options to resolve conflicts, and offering appropriate legal information and assistance.  As a Justice Officer 4, you will perform the quasi-judicial functions and duties of a Justice of the Peace, Prothonotary, Registrar of Probate, Family Court Officer, and Clerk of the Small Claims Court.  This work involves adhering to Civil Procedure Rules and Statutes of Nova Scotia, the Family Court Act and Rules, the Probate Act and Regulations, and any other applicable rules and regulations that apply to the system. 


As our Justice Officer 4, you will liaise regularly with the Judiciary, members of the legal profession and the public, responding to requests for information and assistance.  The Justice Officer performs accounting functions by maintaining proper accounting for the Justice Centre accounts and monitors Court user fees and accounts receivable, as well as monthly invoices.  These duties are performed in accordance with and as assigned under the Court Officials Act.  In this role, you may be required to attend Court as a Court Clerk to call cases and swear or affirm witnesses, interpreters and translators.  Some travel may be required.


About You


As the successful candidate, you possess a Bachelors’ degree, as well as five years of experience in a legal/justice environment.  An acceptable equivalent of related experience and training will be considered.


Our successful candidate will demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the Acts, Rules and Statutes that govern Court actions.  You will have a sound working knowledge of the justice system, justice computer applications, Court support programs and government services for referral purposes.  Competency and experience in an automated, computerized environment, including keyboarding and data entry skills are essential in this role.  In addition, you will demonstrate understanding of various accounting functions and book-keeping systems.


In this role, you require excellent interpersonal, assessment and counseling skills, and you must be able to work positively and effectively with people in crisis situations.  You are prepared and able to deal with difficult people in a multi-faceted and stressful environment, communicating with tact and discretion in a clear, concise manner.  You must be, and appear to be, fair and impartial to all parties.


Your training and demonstrated experience in mediation and non-conflict resolution of matters is an asset in this role.  Fluency (both oral and written) in the French Language will be considered an asset.


Other Considerations


Pre-Screening questionnaire test is required.


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



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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