Reporting to the Senior Judge and reports for administrative purposes to the Director of Court Services, The Executive Legal Officer acts as advisor to the Senior Judge and is the chief legal officer for the Office of the Senior Judge of Nunavut and acts as in-house counsel doing legal research drafting memorandums of law, and drafting policy on issues related to the administration of justice and cases being pleaded before the Nunavut Court of Justice. The Executive Legal Officer is the media communications and court records officer for the courts and assists the Judiciary in editing judgments. The incumbent supervises legal staff in Judge’s Chambers and provides legal opinions, training and support to the civil and criminal registries and Justice of the Peace program under the direction of the Senior Judge.
The successful candidate will have Common Law degree from a recognized Canadian University, and membership in the law Society of Nunavut and/or be a member in good standing of a Provincial or Territorial Bar or eligible to obtain membership in the Law Society of Nunavut within a reasonable time. Minimum of 5 years of call to the Bar (admission to practice) in Nunavut, or experience gained in another jurisdiction may be assessed as equivalent. Knowledge of and experience in the laws of Canada and Nunavut, Criminal and Family Law, Inuit and or/northern social and legal issues, and/or Court policies and operations would be considered an asset. You must have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, legal drafting skills to develop rules, practice directives and forms, with experience in developing policy, English is required for this position, capacity to communicate in French, Inuktitut and/or Inuinnaqtun is considered an asset.
Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.