Posting for PPSC Crown Counsel

Job Description

About the firm

Shirtliff Hinds Law is a full-service practice based in Newmarket, Ontario and serving the Greater Toronto Area. We are dedicated to protecting personal rights and freedoms and to helping our clients attain the justice they deserve. Our experienced, knowledgeable and passionate legal team works with individual and corporate clients in all facets of the law. Our practice areas include Administrative/Regulatory Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Criminal Defense Law, Employment Law, Estate Law, Family Law, Small Claims and Mediation. Our lawyers reflect the cultural spread of Canadian society, as our associates' languages include English, French, Italian, Arabic, Tamil, Hindi and Persian.

Job Purpose

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) Crown Counsel responsibilities flow from special obligations resting on the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, resulting in Crown Counsel being subject to certain ethical obligations that may differ from those of other litigants. Leveraging the support network and resources that the Firm offers, the PPSC works under general supervision of the Principal Lawyer and serves as the first point of contact for his or her client agencies. When needed, reports, forms, letters, legal documents, presentations and promotional materials are presented to the Principal Lawyer for review.

Crown Counsel are often asked to provide legal advice to departments and agencies within the federal government and to entities involved in enforcing federal law. The Crown Counsel provides top-notch legal services, strives to grow the practice and is responsible for ensuring that all client files and electronic databases are current, correct, accessible and secure. Also, the Crown Counsel will support the efficient operation of the Firm by ensuring that Paralegals and Clerks are provided with a respectful work environment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Legal

  • Provides legal advice to departments within Federal government and to law enforcement agencies charged with enforcing federal law
  • Assists enforcement agencies by providing legal advice to ensure that evidence is gathered in manner that will be admissible at trial
  • Provides legal advice regarding police investigation techniques that do not relate to specific cases, but may affect admissibility in a future prosecution
  • Conducts research and collects evidence to prepare final paperwork, to be completed and filed with courts
  • Responsible for remaining impartial in assessment of both evidence and public interest considerations when decisions are made whether or not to prosecute
  • Ensures that legal work is of high quality and provides optimal value for Firm and stakeholders
  • Exercises careful judgment in presenting cases to Crown and decides which witnesses to call; interviews witnesses and hears evidence to build their case
  • Prepares for trial
  • Attends court well-prepared and with a positive mindset
  • Complies with applicable rules of ethics established by Ontario Bar Association
  • Complies with Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) Code of Conduct
  • Consistently acts with moderation, fairness and impartiality and avoids discriminating on any ground prohibited by section 15 of Charter
  • Maintains independence of police or investigative agency while working closely with it
  • Conducts plea and sentence negotiations
  • Shows proper respect to court, defense counsel, accused and proceedings while asserting Crown position
  • Works primarily out of Newmarket location, with Court attendances throughout Ontario
  • Meets deadlines, records information and documents interactions with stakeholders; draft legal documents
  • Collaborates with other lawyers where performance is interdependent, interests align, and synergy can be achieved
  • Maintains daily dockets
  • Responsible for protecting Firm financial position by monitoring Accounts Receivable and following up on overdue accounts
  • Contributes to results by identifying inefficiencies and recommending changes
  • Complies with Firm policies and procedures
  • Responsible for meticulous record-keeping, ensuring that records are current, correct, complete, legible and traceable
  • Maintains legal competence through integration of practice, education and research within specialty role
  • Writes clearly and informatively and edits work for spelling and grammar
  • Always keep information confidential to protect firm and stakeholders

Supervisory

  • Oversees daily work of Paralegals and provides respectful, positive, healthy and safe work environment, in accordance with Firm policies
  • Sets priorities, develops work schedule, monitors progress towards goals and tracks details, data, information and activities
  • Ensures that direct reports carry out duties in accordance with job descriptions
  • Empowers team members, delegates task and avoids reverse delegation
  • Provides ongoing mentoring to team members
  • Ensures that employees receive relevant orientation and proper training
  • Maintains staff files and is responsible for confidentiality of contents
  • Presents staffing and training recommendations to Principal Lawyer for review and consideration
  • Actively participates in recruitment, selection and on-boarding process

Community relations

  • Develops and nurtures relationships with stakeholders, including clients, staff, Bar Association, Law Society and Office of Director of Public Prosecution
  • Contributes content to Firm website and works with social media platforms to build Firm's digital presence
  • Maintains professional networks to promote Firm

Risk management

  • Identifies risk to clients, staff, property, finances and reputation and complies with risk control measures
  • Always keep information confidential to protect the firm and clients

Other Requirements

  • Access to reliable vehicle and possession of valid Ontario Class 'G' driver's license, free of serious offenses under Highway Traffic Act
  • Adhere to Dress Code: Business casual, but special events require business formal

Job Specifications

Knowledge

  • Minimum requirements: Law Degree from approved institution
  • Strong understanding of Criminal Law
  • Full understanding of applicable rules of ethics established by Ontario Bar Association
  • Full understanding of Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) Code of Conduct
  • Genuine appreciation of process and procedure
  • Member in good standing of Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Strong knowledge of human resources management
  • Strong knowledge of customer service principles and practices
  • Strong knowledge of administrative practices and procedures, including billing
  • Understanding of how various functions rely on each other's performance

Experience

  • Minimum experience required: 5+ years
  • Track record of achievement in building practice and maximizing billable hours
  • Track record of effective management of litigation process
  • Track record of effective file management
  • Track record of success in growing practice through networking efforts at events, seminars, conferences, personal connections, etc.
  • Track record of success in team building and measuring and managing performance
  • Track record of success in negotiation and mediation
  • Stay current within the industry: keep legal knowledge current

Abilities and Skills

  • Ability to work closely with and develop lasting relationships with clients
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and positively with all Firm staff
  • Ability to connect with people from all backgrounds and varying degrees of experience
  • Ability to anticipate, understand and respond to needs of clients and staff
  • Ability to prepare, read and interpret legal documents
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent verbal, public speaking and written communication skills
  • Well-defined sense of diplomacy, including conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to craft and present compelling messages
  • Strong negotiation and debating skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills and sound judgment
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong report writing, research, analytical and project management skills
  • Ability to use latest communication technologies, such as Smartphones
  • Ability to research and retrieve information
  • Ability to translate knowledge into practical application
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to switch tasks depending on priorities, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Pleasant telephone manner and strong sense of etiquette
  • Ability to deliver quality and timely results
  • Ability and willingness to work outside regular business hours, as required
  • Excellent stress and time management skills

Personal attributes

  • High degree of drive, initiative and self-direction
  • Passion for sharing knowledge and helping clients deal with legal challenges
  • Commitment to keeping up-to-date on professional developments
  • Strong customer service orientation and problem-solving mindset
  • Punctuality, dependability and good work ethics are critical
  • Open to ongoing giving and receiving feedback
  • Focus on results and process improvement
  • Friendly, calm and welcoming demeanor
  • Common sense approach
  • Intellectually curious

Mental Effort

  • Mental and visual concentration during computer work for up to 6 hours daily to ensure accuracy in data entry and written communications (emails, documents, forms)
  • Full focus during court proceedings
  • Listening and mental attentiveness in dealing with telephone inquiries and emails for up to 2 hours per day
  • Interacts with Paralegals for up to 1 hour per day
  • Mental effort required in switch-tasking, observing deadlines and handling interruptions that require refocusing
  • Reading and analyzing electronic and printed materials

Physical Effort

  • Sits for extended periods of up to 7 hours daily, operating computer and other office equipment
  • Performs multiple, repeated and sustained hand-eye movements on computer keyboard and screen for up to 5 hours daily
  • Walks and stands for up to 1 hour daily
  • Stands up when clients arrive in office and during Court sessions, as required
  • Carry heavy folders, boxes, and/or briefcases to and from court

Working Conditions

  • Works approximately 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday approximately 9 to 5 with a 30 minutes lunch break
  • Works weekend wash court approximately once a month
  • Climate-controlled office environment
  • Uses standard office equipment and other specified technical equipment such as computer, calculator, copying machine, scanning machine, fax machine, etc.
  • Governed by deadlines and various priorities, with interruptions
  • Replying to inquiries and giving guidance
  • Regular use of keyboard and phone
  • Travels to clients and court as required, mostly within York Region and GTA
  • Noise level in the office is usually low, but will be higher at events

Job Types

Full-Time, Permanent

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