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Records Clerk (Clerk 2)


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Competition # : 31114 

Department: Justice

Location: SYDNEY

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/23/2021​ (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:


About Our Opportunity


Under the general supervision of the Supervisor, Court Administration Office, the Records Clerk is responsible for organizing, maintaining and controlling the central filing system for the Court Administration Office, in accordance with the Records Management Manual of Procedures and Instructions, as well as performing clerical work in searching for information contained in the filing vault. The Records Clerk ensures the identification and classification of all Supreme Court (including bankruptcy, divorce and criminal) files, and Court of Appeal files and documents their location. The Records Clerk also coordinates off-site storage, retrieval and disposal services and transfers the appropriate records to the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. The Records Clerk is also responsible for recording, verifying and returning exhibits to the appropriate party.


Primary Accountabilities


-Create new files daily as required; collect, pre-sort and file all Supreme Court and Court of Appeal documentation daily.

-Classify, code, index and cross-reference all materials.

-Direct originators in the receipt, classification, indexing and coding techniques.

-Perform charge-out operations for files and follow-up checking operations for outstanding files. This includes searching old index cards and books for proper file numbers as well as computer searches. It also includes searches for off-site retention numbers and retrieving files from the Records Centre on a daily basis.

-Research complex requests for material.

-Assist staff members to comply with Records Management policies and procedures relative to the receipt, creation, classification, coding, indexing, maintenance verification techniques and final disposal of records.

-Record and maintain all exhibits filed with the Supreme Court, supervising transfer to courtroom and ensuring that exhibits are returned upon completion of the trial. Returning exhibits to the parties, counsel or police.

- Respond to requests for file searches via telephone or fax and photocopy required material, where appropriate.

-Order files from other Court Administration offices across the province and return files to those office.

-Consistent data entry, updating file locations within the Justice database with a high degree of accuracy.


Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you have three years of relevant experience in Records Management; an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.

You have proficient keyboarding skills and a sound knowledge of general office procedures and computer programs, including MS Office, MS Word, Excel and Outlook. You also have a working knowledge of specialized records management systems (such as FileNet and STAR/STOR).

You demonstrate accuracy and knowledge in understanding a Records Management system and up to date knowledge of the guidelines and schedules.  This position requires great attention to detail and time management skills.   Completeness and integrity of data is crucial to inform program actions and support decision making processes.

You are self-motivated, can work with minimal supervision and maintain the highest level of confidentiality.  You exercise tact and diplomacy and have good organizational and communication skills.  Judgement and professionalism regarding records management is essential, in order to safeguard security and confidentiality of government information.

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.




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 Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


Incumbents must be able to perform physical, mental and visual demands; some heavy lifting of cartons, expandable files and file boxes will be required along with the ability to retrieve files stored on high shelves.


Additional Information


This is a term full time position based in Sydney with a projected end date of May 25, 2022. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate and the duration of the vacancy, in accordance with the collective agreement. This position will require an enhanced level of security screening for external candidates.

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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  CL 13  

Salary Range:  $1,407.60 - $1,532.16 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:


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 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