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Justice Officer 3, Judicial Support (Clerk 5)



Competition # : 35916 

Department: Justice

Location: TRURO

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/7/2022​ (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


As the Justice Officer 3 you will coordinate and manage court hearings held in all levels of Court, provide support to the Judiciary, and act as the liaison between the Judiciary and members of law enforcement agencies, the legal profession, and the public.  You will also act in the role of the clerk of the Court in all courts, including jury sitting and performing judicial and quasi-judicial duties as a Justice of the Peace.  You will perform your duties in accordance with, and as assigned under, the Court Officials Act.

Primary Accountabilities

The Justice Officer 3 has two areas of focus, Court Administration and Judicial Support.


The Court Administration responsibilities include:

  • Exhibit control, scheduling and monitoring cases
  • Preparation and distribution of court orders and dockets
  • Document management, statistical data collection, and general accounting
  • Scrutinizing documents, applying relevant Acts, statutes, policies and procedures and determining corrective measures where necessary
  • Training and mentoring new staff in day to day operational activities
  • Liaising with the Judiciary and legal profession
  • Scheduling Court cases and responding to inquiries and information requests from the public
  • You may be required to attend Court, perform Court-related functions and perform the duties of a Justice of the Peace.  You will perform your duties in accordance with and as assigned under the Court Officials Act.


The Judicial Support responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating and managing court hearings held in all levels of Court
  • Providing confidential secretarial, administrative and organizational support to the Judiciary
  • Acting in the role of the clerk in all courts, including jury sitting and performing judicial and quasi-judicial duties as a Justice of the Peace
  • You may be required to perform duties in Court Administration
  • Under the Judge’s direction, you will draft and prepare complex orders arising from court hearings, review and apply relevant acts, statutes, policies and procedures to all court documentation
  • Recording and transcribing all court proceedings by means of electronic recording equipment

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful Justice Officer 3, you will have two years of post-secondary education in a related discipline plus five years of related experience in a legal environment; an equivalent combination of training and experience with exposure to the justice system will be acceptable.


For this position, your experience and competency in keyboarding, word processing, transcribing, 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 using a high degree of confidentiality while exercising your excellent interpersonal and communication skills when dealing with difficult people in complex, sensitive and stressful situations.  Tact and discretion are essential.


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.


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 using one or more of the following tools: written examination, typing test, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




Equivalencies include, but are not limited to:

  • A 2 year certificate/diploma in a related discipline plus 5 years of related experience
  • A 1 year certificate/diploma in a related discipline plus 6 years of related experience
  • A 4 year Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline plus 3 years of related experience
  • A 3 year Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline plus 4 years of related experience
  • Seven years of related experience with exposure to the justice system


PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.  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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


  • Some travel and overtime may be required.
  • You will be exposed to emotional and sensitive issues, dealing with difficult or distraught individuals creates a stressful environment
  • Handling of some exhibits may be mentally or physically disconcerting
  • Long hours sitting in a formal courtroom environment, where the incumbent acts as an inconspicuous conductor
  • Extensive keyboarding
  • There is a high demand for accuracy and attention to detail while working in a high volume and complex service area
  • Regardless of the situation, you must be able to display a completely impartial attitude at all times

Additional Information


  • Candidates may be required to obtain training in Firearms Safety in relation to handling evidence and will be required to successfully complete the Nova Scotia Certified Transcribers qualification.
  • This position will require an enhanced level of security screening for an external application.
  • Recruitment activities for Judicial Support opportunities will include a typing and grammar assessment.


This competition is to fill one Permanent position based in TRURO.

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. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules


Pay Grade:  CL 24  

Salary Range:  $2,006.07 - $2,185.18 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