New job Justice Officer 3 (Clerk 5) in Nova Scotia

Justice Officer 3 (Clerk 5)

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $4,012 - $4,370 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Competition # : 31192

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 6/18/2021 (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

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 performs 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
  • Scrutinize documents, apply relevant Acts, statutes, policies and procedures and determine corrective measures where necessary.
  • Train and mentor new staff in a day to day operational activities
  • Liaise with the Judiciary and legal profession
  • Schedule Court cases and respond 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
  • Act 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, and have a knowledge of general accounting principles. 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 are 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.


Include, but not limited to:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus 3 years of related experience
  • Seven years of related experience with exposure to the justice system

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.

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