Staff Lawyer - Criminal

$88,595 - $145,529
February 1, 2013
March 1, 2013
Area of Law
Criminal Law
Contract Type
Full Time


Staff Lawyer - Criminal

Legal Services Board of the NWT

Department of Justice

Yellowknife, NT


This competition may be used to fill staff lawyer vacancies over the next six (6) months


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The Criminal Staff Lawyer is responsible for giving legal advice and representing persons accused of criminal offences. In addition the Staff Lawyer protects and asserts individuals legal rights and interests, and fulfills the obligations imposed by the Charter and the Legal Services Act.  The incumbent will be required to work independently with clients on cases of varying complexity. The incumbent is expected to be able to prepare his or her own documents for court proceedings.  The Staff Lawyer is responsible for circuit work throughout the Northwest Territories and will be expected to travel into remote Northern communities by air to attend circuit courts on a regular basis.


Law Degree and membership in the NWT Bar combined with some of experience practicing law in a criminal setting.


All candidates should have experience with practice in a northern or isolated setting. Good working knowledge of and experience in the relevant laws of Canada and the Northwest Territories and Aboriginal and northern issues in general is expected.


To be considered, applicants must establish that they are eligible for membership in the Law Society of the Northwest Territories as a practicing member.  For more information on eligibility requirements go to or call 867-873-3828.



The Legal Services Board of the NWT classifies lawyers at up to five levels based on required experience in a particular area of law and responsibilities required in the position.  The starting salary for the successful candidate will range from $88,595 - $145,529 depending on that experience. The Government of the Northwest Territories offers a generous pension and benefit package, plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competitive process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an interview, so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.




Job Opening ID # 10182     

Closing Date: February 22, 2013





Management and Recruitment Services

Department of Human Resources

Government of the Northwest Territories

Laing Building 2nd Floor

P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9

Fax: (867) 873-0281