New Job Legal Assistant - Chilliwack Indigenous Justice Centre In British Columbia

Legal Assistant - Chilliwack Indigenous Justice Centre
Legal Assistant - Chilliwack Indigenous Justice Centre

Legal Assistant - Chilliwack Indigenous Justice Centre

Company : BC First Nations Justice Council
Salary : $40,000–$50,000 a year
Location : British Columbia

Full Description

A provincial organization that is led by Indigenous people appointed by the First Nations, the BC First Nations Justice Council supports the well-being of future generations by transforming the status quo today – upholding self-determination, reclaiming legal traditions and addressing systemic injustice.

The Legal Assistant’s primary responsibility is to provide administrative and secretarial services to the Indigenous Justice Centre Staff Lawyer. The Staff Lawyer’s practice has a strong focus on criminal defence work with some child protection matters. The Legal Assistant must be a self-motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision. At times, the Legal Assistant may be exposed to sensitive information and must maintain confidentiality.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Prepare a variety of legal documents (i.e. affidavits, subpoenas, factums, applications and orders, etc.) from the Staff Lawyer’s notes.
  • Prepare and arrange filing of court documents and ensure proper presentation of material for court.
  • Prepare books of authorities, and order and log transcript requests.
  • Open, update, maintain, index and assemble hard copy and computerized files and records.
  • Obtain legal documents and follow-up on information from Crown Counsel and review and organize materials as directed by the Staff Lawyer.
  • Perform the witness management function by locating and notifying witnesses; arranging appointments and travel requirements; and processing witness expenses for witnesses and/or expert witnesses.
  • Document receipt of disclosure (legal documents, photographs, audio or videotaped statements, log materials).
  • Respond to enquiries from Crown Counsel, clients and witnesses (who may at times be under emotional stress).
  • Maintain a Bring Forward System for the Staff Lawyer to ensure timely response to correspondence, compliance with limitation periods and attendance at appointments.
  • Close legal records (trial, hearing or appeal), ensure dispositions are noted accurately and update precedent records and files.
  • Conduct records management functions by classifying and storing records.
  • Arrange telephone and video conferencing for court appearances.
  • Compile and submit statistical data with regard to clients served and services delivered, in accordance with the BCFNJC’s Data Collection Framework.
  • Other tasks and duties as required at the discretion of the Staff Lawyer.
Qualifications & Work Experience:
  • 3+ years’ experience working as a legal assistant or paralegal in an office that offers criminal law or child protection legal services.
  • Knowledge of First Nations practices and culture.
  • Experience in Indigenous community engagement.
  • Experience preparing legal documents, books of authorities and all aspects of maintaining criminal files and disclosure.
  • Experience in management of child protection files is an asset.
  • Proficiency in record keeping, researching legal precedents (Quicklaw & CanLii), electronic redacting (using Adobe), Outlook, Internet and standard computer applications in MS Office.
  • Ability to use tact, diplomacy, discretion and good judgment when dealing with sensitive situations, confidential material and demanding and difficult people.
  • Knowledge of Clio practice management software is an asset; and
  • A clear criminal reference check (CPIC) and Vulnerable Sector Clearance will be a condition of employment.
Reporting: This position will report to the Staff Lawyer for daily assignments and directions.
Location: Lower Mainland
Salary Range: $40,000 to $50,000 annually - salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Hours: Full-time (35 hours / week); Mondays to Fridays
Benefits: Extended benefits package that includes health and dental, personal days, paid vacation, and RRSP/TFSA savings plans