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Executive Legal Officer, Court Administration
This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.
This employment opportunity is Open local Residents Only.
Reporting to the Director of Court Services, the Executive Legal Officer, Court Administration (ELOCA) acts as an advisor to the Director, the Registrar of the Nunavut Court of Justice, the Clerk of the Court, the Sherriff and the Senior Judge. The ELOCA acts as an in-house counsel doing legal research, drafting memorandums of law and drafting policies on issues related to court administration and the administration of justice in general.
The ELOCA reviews all filings with the Nunavut Court of Justice to ensure compliance with the Rules of Court and Practice directives. The incumbent provides legal opinions, training and support to the civil registry and Sherriff’s office. Providing mentorship and support to the civil registrar, the ELOCA is responsible for reviewing file construction within the registry and ensuring files are being created in a manner that is consistent, efficient and organized to suit the desires of the Judiciary and to obtain an accurate court record.
An in-depth knowledge of civil procedure with specific emphasis on the Rules of Court and the Rules of the Court of Appeal is required to be successful in this position. The incumbent must have a broad knowledge of criminal and family law. Strong research, writing and analytical skills are required, as well as organizational skill. Highly developed communication skills and interpersonal skills are required to be successful in this role.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are obtained through a 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. If the incumbent is not a member of the Law Society of Nunavut, they must be eligible to obtain membership within a reasonable time. Also required is 5 years of call to the Bar in Nunavut including a minimum of 3 years civil law practice experience. Experience gained in another jurisdiction may be assessed as equivalent.
Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset. Knowledge of an experience in the laws of Canada and Nunavut; Criminal and Family Law; Inuit and/or Norther social and legal issues; and/or Court Policies and operations would be considered an asset.
Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatugangit is an asset.