New Job Duty Counsel - Family (Permanent) In Ontario

Duty Counsel - Family (permanent)
Duty Counsel - Family (permanent)

Duty Counsel - Family (permanent)

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $83,343–$142,422 a year
Location : Ontario

Full Description

Union: The Society
Job Number: J0323-0100
Job Title: Duty Counsel - Family (permanent)
Job Type: Permanent Full Time
City, Province, Country: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Job Location: Brampton
Job Category: Legal
Job Classification: SL
Role Designation:
LAO Workplace Based - Role is physically based in an in-person LAO workplace.
Open Positions: 1
Posting Date: April 3, 2023
Closing Date: April 17, 2023
Salary: $83,343.00 - $142,422.00/Year

Legal Aid Ontario employees are committed to making a difference in the lives of our clients.

As an integral partner in the Justice system, working at Legal Aid Ontario is more than just a job. It's an opportunity to help people who need it the most; to ensure each client receives the access to justice afforded to them under the law.

If you are looking for a new challenge in your already meaningful career with a team dedicated to justice, and innovation in a flexible and supportive work environment consider this opportunity below.

Primary function

To act as Family Duty Counsel and deliver services in Brampton Courthouse in the Central West District.

Family Duty Counsel is responsible for providing client service for family law matters in the courthouse, both virtually and in person once in person services resume. Family Duty Counsel will be responsible for the intake and assessment of family law clients to determine the appropriate service for the clients, including but not limited to providing procedural and summary legal advice; drafting, reviewing and commissioning of family court documents and pleadings such as Applications, Answers, Motions, Affidavits and Financial Statements; in court representation at various stages of a family court and/or child protection proceeding; and other duties as assigned.

Home Location: Brampton
Secondary/tertiary locations: are there any secondary/tertiary locations? Not applicable.

Reporting to: Lawyer Manager

Key accountabilities

  • Provide family law duty counsel services, including providing instructions to Legal Aid Workers (and students), preparation of court documents for eligible clients, make appropriate referrals when required, including to mediation services
  • Providing representation in the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) at first appearances, conferences, motions, negotiations, Family Responsibility Office(FRO) matters, Children’s Aid Societies matters and other court hearings and services as required
  • Advocate for clients in court and on court forms
  • Assist unrepresented eligible clients with LAO family settlement conferences as required
  • Assist unrepresented clients with Child Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA)matters (with document preparation and in court appearances)
  • Provide advice lawyer services at the Family Law Information Center (FLIC) and other advice clinics as required
  • Provide advice lawyer services on the Summary Legal Advice (SLA) telephone service for LAO and Safe Centre of Peel.
  • Ensure high quality of legal work in a cost effective manner.
  • Maintain client files and conflict lists.
  • Record data and produce reports as required and within established reporting times.
  • Perform other duties and administrative tasks as assigned and remain adaptable and flexible in a changing environment.
  • Assessment of clients’ needs, including the early identification of vulnerable clients, to facilitate referrals to appropriate services.
  • Oversee the administration and application of financial eligibility tests in accordance with LAO policy and ensuring high quality legal work in a cost effective manner.
  • Assist the Director-General and Manager in the administration of the duty counsel office, including assisting with the coordination of duty counsel services and ensuring adequate resources are allocated to various courts and clinics.
  • Assist with Panel Management, quality assurance and best practice measures.
  • Assist with the preparation/management of operational and per diem budgets in conjunction with the District Office and Managers.
  • Act as a liaison between Legal Aid Ontario, the judiciary, court services staff and the private bar, including sitting on local bench and bar committees and other consultation groups, on behalf of the Director-General.
  • Travel may be required within the Districts to assist in satellite courts.

Required skills & experience

  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Demonstrated Knowledge and experience of relevant family law legislation and in particular child protection law and in court experience in both family and child protection matters. Experience being lead on family files.
  • Client focused
  • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, Divorcemate and Legal Files
  • Sound judgment and problem solving skills
  • Results oriented individual and accountability
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sensitive and compassionate client service to those who may be victims of domestic violence
  • Demonstrating collaboration and teamwork with colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including tablets and smartphones and ability to utilize video conferencing platforms in order to deliver services virtually (Zoom/Teams)
  • Demonstrated Research Skills
  • Ability to communicate with accuracy and fluency when speaking with clients and providing advise, as well as when representing clients in court.
  • Ability to draft legal documents without need for review

Preferred Skills & Experiences:

  • Sound Knowledge of Legal Aid Ontario’s operations and mandate
  • Prior family and CYFSA law experience
  • Demonstrated interest in aboriginal legal issues
  • Training or advocacy experience in relation to mental health issues

To apply submit a cover letter & résumé.

This position is represented by The Society of United Professionals and the employee will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement and union dues will be deducted bi-weekly from date of hire.

First preference will given to current members of The Society of United Professionals.

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on Njoyn. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.

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Legal Aid Ontario values integrity, respect, responsiveness, excellence, independence, accountability, openness and consistency. Our recruitment process reflects our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Accommodations are available upon request.

Legal Aid Ontario encourages applicants from equity seeking groups, including but not limited to individuals who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis descent, persons with disabilities, women, members of racialized communities and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We recognize the value of diversity, equity and inclusion and are committed to addressing systemic barriers, and attracting and retaining diverse staff. All interested and eligible people will be considered, with due consideration to all protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code.